TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

From www.theecologist.org | July 7, 2015 The EU Parliament is voting tomorrow on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. But do MEPs realise that the agreement could force European markets open to ‘new biotech’ foods and crops using advanced GM technologies that do not meet current definitions of ‘GMO’ within the EU? The secretive discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

… other latest technologies in agriculture,” said Dvorkovich. At the same time, he added, the land resources of the country allow Russia to achieve “good results”, using less fertilizer in comparison with some other countries. President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over-consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs, however there …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

… technologies and irrigation systems, this fertile northern Indian state quickly became the seat of the country’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. And farmers like Singh, now a vibrant 69-year-old with a snow white beard, started to see their harvests multiply. But alongside this burst of prosperity came the harrowing side effects of pouring chemicals into the ground: People’s health deteriorated rapidly, as did water and soil quality, and neither the government nor consumers …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

By Nathan Gray | April 24, 2015 The use of certain biotechnologies could support organic production in the future – although the currently approved ‘cross-species’ GM technologies are the biggest threat to the organic food system, says Christopher Stopes. “The biggest threat to organic food is GM,” said Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU president, during a presentation at the Natural & Organics Products Europe Show in London. Stopes warned the audience that Europe has already taken …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… grows and sells our food, how it’s marketed, and what technologies were used to produce it. By selling seeds to farmers, peddling pesticides, forming corporate monopolies, and funding academic research on GMOs, agribusiness giants like Monsanto have one goal in mind: controlling the food system. The millions of people calling for labeling of GMO foods have a problem with that. Furthermore, it is disappointing to see such beloved science advocates as Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson being …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… and buildings on up to grid-scale energy storage and stabilization. But Li-ion isn’t the only game in town when it comes to emerging advanced battery and energy storage technologies. And there are those who believe proponents are stretching their case too far in touting the advantages of Li-ion battery storage across such a broad range of applications. Developers of flow batteries, for instance, say utilities and other large end-users would be ill-served by acquiring Li-ion battery storage, …

Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source

… when good ideas are shared, great things can happen. … By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.” Toyota generates a lot of patents each year – 1,491 in 2012 in the US alone, for example – but it did not see fit to make them all open to competitors. via Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source. …

Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | Environment | The Guardian

… solution to a significant environmental problem,” said Dr Chris Chuck from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical technologies. “We’re putting contaminated water in and taking out valuable metals, clean water and producing fuel.” The Wheal Jane mine, near Truro, closed in 1992. But the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is still spending £2m a year on cleaning it up and combating its polluting effects. The project to clean up its acidic water using …