Il y a rarement une pénurie de nouvelles du monde entier liées à la biotechnologie ou aux questions commerciales. ?Malheureusement cependant, much of it stems from the creative minds of professional activists looking to sow confusion to suit their own misguided missions, deftly?using?the media and internetwhere it can at times be hard for people to know what is real and what is not.

Current examples in the news where this is taking place are the Greenpeace legal challenge against biotech crops being grown in the Philippines, and false rumors (sometimes known as ‘factson the internet) being created the Zika virus being linked to pesticides, biotechnologie, or anything related tobigag or industry. ?Nor can we ignore the constant recycling of previously debunked and false informationsuch as anotherreviewon glyphosate by anti-ag/biotech researchers such as Charles Benbrook (available here?et response/rebuttal here) which is simply an effort to confuse consumers and restrict use of needed products. ? Let’s not even get started on the truly crackpot conspiracy theories (such as this Iranian accusation of biotech food being a ‘Zionist plot’ – cliquez ici).

That all said, the activist myth industry is simply too financially lucrative for the people behind the organizations. ?They make some pretty good coin. Par exemple, regarding perhaps the most well-know professional activist group:

Paix verte?s confrontational and swashbuckling approach has helped make it one the world?s?most powerful environmental NGOs, with branches in 41 des pays, 2.9 million donors and more than $350 million in annual contributions.

Et, that’s just one of many activist groups

Links to stories related to what’s mentioned above as well as other news items of interest can be found below. ?Be sure to check back on Thursday for the new weekly column to be posted at the Global Farmer Network websiteor sign up to receive the email alert to remind you!


ReutersAsia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supply By Manoloa Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (fév 16)

A legal challenge to the Philippinesrules on genetically modified organisms [brought by Greenpeace] is threatening to spark a food crisis in the country and could cloud the outlook for GM technology around Asia.

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The Land (Australie) – GM pressure mountingBy Rachael Oxborrow (fév 15)

WA Labor has threatened to use the laws to stop WA growers accessing the [GM] La technologie, if they were to be voted in at the next State election in March 2017.

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News GhanaFAO says family farmers need push on biotech agriculture (fév 15)

Much more must be done to help family farmers across the world use biotechnologies that can improve productivity and sustainability, experts said here on Monday.

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Forbes.comThe Anti-GMO Doctors Behind False Monsanto Microcephaly LinkBy Kavin Senapathy (fév 16)

With worldwide fear over mosquito-borne Zika virus and growing evidence suggesting that the infection is to blame for the surge of babies born with abnormally small heads (microcephaly) in Brazil and Argentina, it was only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories took hold.?The prediction came true on Monday…”

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États-Unis aujourd'hui -?Scientists debunk theory linking pesticide, not Zika, to birth defectsBy Liz Szabo (fév 16)

The theory gained traction among social media users after Argentine environmentalists?issued a report…”

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Reuters -?Genes, bugs and radiation: WHO backs new weapons in Zika fightBy Ben Hirschler (fév 16)

Countries battling the Zika virus should consider new ways to curb disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.


Fox News Latino / EFEBiotechnology may help control Zika in Brazil – fév 16

Biotechnology has contributed to increasing farm productivity in Brazil and may now provide tools to control diseases, such as Zika…”

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Food Navigator -?French & German authorities weigh in on ’emotionalglyphosate debate?-?Par Niamh Michail?(17-fév)

Glyphosate cannot be classed as a probable carcinogen but its use in?formulations?could be a cause for?concern, says the French food safety authority while the German safety body has called for?scientific professionalism to spare consumers unnecessary confusion.

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aliments pour animaux -?Poultry industry grapples with marketing terminology (fév 9)

Natural,” “biologique,” “hormone free,” “pesticide free,” “non-OGM” ? These are just a few of the terms consumers encounter when purchasing meat at the grocery store. While some argue that these labeling terms describe the products, others have argued that the terms are meaningless and part of a marketing ploy to drive sales and increase prices. ?Maintenant, consumers are being confronted by the latest labeling additions: “antibiotic free,” “raised without antibiotics” et “no antibiotics.What’s the real story behind this growing trend?

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Foreign PolicyWhy Is China Spending $43 Billion for a Farming Company?By Keith Johnson (fév 15)

The biggest overseas purchase in Chinese history is meant to ensure the world?s largest country can keep feeding its people.

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Yahoo! Nouvelles / Agence France Press -?Growers despair as disease ravages timeless olive groves of Italy By Laure Brumont (fév 15)

What is clear is that the potential damage is huge: xylella does not harm humans but can kill over 200 types of plant, including fruit trees and grape vines.

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Sud-Farm Press -?Florida farm tries olives after catastrophic citrus greening lossesBy Beverly James, Univ. de Floride (fév 8)

?Planting olives is not for the faint of heart by any stretch of the imagination. This is so new that we are learning every day,? said Williams, whose wife Lisa helps run Florida Olive Systems, Inc. ?But it?s a new opportunity to reinvent ourselves after catastrophic losses to citrus greening.?

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Agri-PulseRussia issues temporary ban on US corn, sojaBy Spencer Chase (fév 11)

Alesky Alekseenko, a spokesman for Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian government’s sanitary and phytosanitary regulatory arm, said the U.S. des produits ?pose a real threat to Russia? and the country ?reserve(s) the right? to implement a temporary ban.

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