Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… be supplied to regions with European corn borers, NK66 GT for places with strong weeds and the other for farms susceptible to both the borers and weeds. Pham Dong Quang, director of the Department of Crop Production, said the three varieties can resist pest and herbicide as well as produce higher yields. “GM corn will be used for animal feed only and thus, it does not require special labeling,” he said. Earlier, the agriculture ministry has approved result of tests for impacts to the …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… surrounds the development and use of new foods whose DNA has been manipulated to incorporate traits not found naturally. Backers claim that engineered strains offer a future of plentiful crops, resistant to drought and disease. Their opponents insist that the long-term health risks and environmental impacts are not known, and warn that global corporations behind GMO foods exercise undue influence over governments and farmers. With his banana crop under threat, Semakula is among those who want …

Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee report sounds warning over Queensland coal seam gas plans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… covers 10,676 square kilometres and has the potential to include more than 6,000 gas wells across central Queensland. “The scale, the early stage and the geographic extent of the proposed project development, together with other significant coal seam gas projects in the region, creates considerable scientific uncertainty about impacts on surface water and groundwater and associated ecosystems,” the IESC report said. via Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

A MAJOR property rights group is calling on Queensland political parties to ensure rural land owners are “not disadvantaged” due to the resource industry or resource infrastructure. Property Rights Australia has called on politicians to commit the simple, straight forward principle. PRA chairman Dale Stiller said landowners should not be subsidising mining, coal seam gas projects and associated infrastructure. “This is exactly what is happening when negative impacts on …