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  Genetically modified organism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using techniques in genetics generally known as recombinant DNA technology.
Examples of GMOs are diverse, and include transgenic experimental animals such as mice, transgenic plants, or various microscopic organisms altered for the purposes of genetic research or for the production of pharmaceuticals.
In mid-1974, very soon after the first GMO was created, scientists called for and observed a voluntary moratorium on certain recombinant DNA experiments.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Genetically_modified_organism   (2420 words)

  
 Genetic modification of food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
GMO soybean: On the fields of America and Brazil the main producer of soy oil is the seed of " Roundup Ready soybean"being developed by Monsanto.
The GMO soybean is authorized to be sold in Europe to be used as food for animals and the oil for human food.
GMO corn: The GMO corn (called B.t.corn) developed by Ciba-Geigy was authorized to be sold in Europe on the 4.2.1997.
www.ourfood.com /Genetic_modification_food.html   (7892 words)

  
 AlterNet: EnviroHealth: The GMO Menace
It was not the insecticide that caused these abnormalities, but the process itself to modify the organism's genetic makeup – in short, the transgenesis – whose effect consisted of modifying the regular functioning of the hereditary makeup of the potatoes, which in turn brought up a toxic reaction for the rats.
Therefore, as shown in several studies, resistances to antibiotics that are embedded within GMOs could easily be transferred to the bacteria that live in the mouth and in the intestinal flora.
The GMO critics of today are faced with the same backlash as those who warned about the possible consequences derived from the usage of animal feed were subjected to in Europe a few years ago.
www.alternet.org /envirohealth/21600   (3746 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - End of Brazil GMO ban to curb rampant black market   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A bill that defines a regulatory framework for commercial use of GMOs, and should clear the way for GMO soybeans first, is expected to pass a final lower house vote in the coming weeks, if not days, after the Senate approved it in late 2004.
In initial government estimates, registered GMO soy plantings grew 11% to 92,875 producers this season, but final numbers are expected to come in over 100,000 and there are believed to be still many unregistered GMO soy producers.
GMO soy varieties not based on Monsanto technology, GMO corn, cotton and other crops such as GMO papaya, eucalyptus and castor bean, some locally developed, are also in line to enter the Brazilian market but will take longer than Monsanto's RR GMO soy.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/biotech/2005-03-01-brazil-gmo-ban_x.htm   (840 words)

  
 gmo's
A unique identifier is assigned to each GMO as a means of indicating its presence and reflecting the specific transformation event covered by the consent or authorization for placing that GMO on the market.
GMO warnings issued to three Member States (GAIN report E35158): The European Commission has sent first warning letters to three Member States for their non-compliance with previous judgments delivered by the European Court of Justice.
The GMO Panel at the European Food Safety Authority has said that there were no concerns over the safety of the hybrids and that these are no different from their conventional counterparts with regard to their safety and nutritional properties.
useu.usmission.gov /agri/GMOs.html   (3881 words)

  
 Growing evidence of widespread GMO contamination
GMO testing has increased astronomically in recent months, and it now happens "quite often" that farmers are surprised to learn that crops they grew in the United States from non-GMO seeds test positive for GMOs when they reach Europe, said John Fagan, founder of Genetic ID of Fairfield, Iowa.
GMO versions of quite a few other crops, most notably wheat, are in the works.
The company was forced to destroy $87,000 worth of its chips because the contamination did not come to light until after the corn was made into chips; it is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against EPA this February alleging that the agency registered genetically engineered crops without adequately considering their health and environmental impacts.
pubs.acs.org /hotartcl/est/99/dec/dec-news6.html   (1266 words)

  
 GMO Africa Blog
In fact a report released by a team of African scientists set up by the 14 nations of Southern African Development Community (SADC), in which Zambia is a member, in 2003 concluded that GM food posed no risks to humans and animals.
When it slapped a moratorium on GMOs, the EU cited undefined safety concerns as the reason for the drastic action.
In the absence of verifiable scientific justification to block GMOs from its territories, the EU is guilty of violating the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), to which it is a signatory.
www.gmoafrica.org   (3271 words)

  
 Homepage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), acting via its Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), and more particularly the "Biotechnology and GMOs Unit" has the mandate to provide scientific support for the development and implementation of the EU biotechnology regulations and is playing a leading role in the harmonisation of technical GM-issues.
Setting up and coordinating the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) is considered as one of the major achievements of the JRC in recent years.
The Commission that has adopted on July 25th 2001 a proposal in which the JRC, assisted by ENGL, is designated as Community Reference Laboratory for the GMO food and feed regulation has recognized the importance and value of ENGL.
biotech.jrc.it   (534 words)

  
 GM-FREEIRELAND
GMO seeds, crops and livestock are illegal in Switzerland and prohibited or restricted by 175 regional governments and by over 4,500 local authorities & smaller areas across 22 EU countries because of their health, environmental and economic risks.
It has also granted numerous GMO crop patent applications, authorised the use of GM animal feed and food, and approved the importation of live GMO seeds despite two Oireachtas briefings which led to unanimous cross-party opposition from TDs and Senators.
Recent examples of GMO contamination cases are: oilseed rape fields in the USA, Canada and Australia, shipments of maize to Ireland Japan and New Zealand, and illegal rice in China.
www.gmfreeireland.org   (7984 words)

  
 GMOs: The greatest threat ever to humans and animals
A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called "genetically engineered") is a plant, animal or microorganism (eg, bacteria) that is created by means that overcome natural boundaries.
A recent TV Show by PBS (Public Broadcasting) on GMO's showed how people have now created salmon that is several times bigger than normal salmon, and grows faster.
A GMO may have a gene from a peanut in them.
www.relfe.com /GMOs.html   (928 words)

  
 GMO LLC - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
GMO is a global investment management firm committed to providing sophisticated clients with superior asset management solutions and services.
GMO is a private partnership that employs approximately 300 people worldwide.
The GMO mutual funds are distributed by Funds Distributor, Inc., 100 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.
www.gmo.com   (282 words)

  
 GMO Update
Many would argue that the current use of the term "GMO" is much too narrowly constructed, in that it refers more to the process by which genes are introduced rather than to the product.
But when a gene is discovered in a microorganism, in another plant species, or in an animal and transferred into a crop plant, the resulting crop cultivar will be designated a "GMO" no matter how benign the transferred gene turns out to be.
The present answer to this question would probably have to be "all of them", at least for some segment of the world society.
www.kentuckyamerican.com /kyamerican/GMO.htm   (1463 words)

  
 EUROPA - Rapid - Press Releases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The release of a GMO into the environment means an introduction of the GMO into the environment, without any precise confinement measure being taken to restrict the contact between this GMO and the population or the environment in general.
The GMO placed on the market will be defined as a "product consisting of a GMO" (such as GM carnations of modified colour) or a "product containing a GMO" (such as a batch containing a mixture of seeds).
The safety of GMOs in respect to health and the environment depends on the characteristics of the recipient organism (or parent organism), the inserted genetic material, the final organism that is produced, the recipient environment and the interaction between the GMO and the environment.
europa.eu.int /rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/05/104&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en   (6070 words)

  
 Europa - Research - Quality of Life - Genetically Modified Organisms - A Review of Results   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In support of, and in order to provide an input to, its research activities on biosafety, the EC has participated in OECD committees, helped organise a series of international conferences on biosafety research, and set up a Task Force on Biotechnology Research with United States research agencies.
To canvass a wide range of opinions on GMO research in general and to sharpen programme planning, a workshop entitled "GMO Research in Perspective" was held in Brussels in September 1999
The results of the research and growing practical experience, feeding into regulatory and risk management policies, have enabled these to be regularly adapted to facilitate safe innovation, thus contributing to the excellent safety record to date, and providing a basis for continuing public confidence in the technology and its products.
europa.eu.int /comm/research/quality-of-life/gmo   (829 words)

  
 GMO-free Europe: News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It was the EU's first agreement on GMO policy since 1998, when the bloc began its unofficial moratorium on approving new GMO foods and crops.
The much contested Alemmano GMO decree was passed by Italy's Lower House with amendments, which would make it more difficult for genetically modified crops to be grown in Italy.
With the passage of the Alemmano GMO decree, the Italian Lower House has found a loop-hole in the EU legislation that will allow Italy to inplement its own policy on the grounds of co-existance of transgenic, conventional and organic crops.
www.gmofree-europe.org /News.htm   (4183 words)

  
 FoE Europe - GMOs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Due to GMO contamination, however, it may become difficult or even impossible for conventional and organic farmers to stay GMO-free.
Also a legal regime is needed to make GMO operators and GMO producers liable for damage that GMOs can cause to the environment and human health.
Friends of the Earth's European GMO Campaign is working to safeguard GMO-free agriculture and to ensure that European citizens have the right to choose GMO-free food.
www.foeeurope.org /GMOs   (629 words)

  
 GMO Free Maui: News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Approximately 79% of GMO crops on the market have been modified to be resistant to herbicides- mostly Roundup, which is manufactured by Monsanto Corporation.
Approximately 21% of GMO crops on the market have been engineered with an insecticide in every cell of the plant, including the harvested seeds used for food.
The GMO papaya is one of the few exceptions, and is resistant to the papaya ring spot virus.
www.gmofreemaui.com   (1174 words)

  
 Wired News: GMO-Food Foes Turn to Film
Last March, the food-safety organization GMO Free Mendocino did something no group had ever done: It ushered through a law banning genetically engineered crops and livestock.
Exploring a gamut of issues from so-called suicide seeds to lax food-safety enforcement laws, and from the controversy over patented genes to infected cornfields, the film is a comprehensive and chilling example of anti-GMO rhetoric.
GMO companies are also finding increased resistance on the legal front.
www.wired.com /news/technology/0,1282,64089,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_3   (859 words)

  
 E F S A | European Food Safety Authority
The Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) adopted its guidance document for the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants and derived food and feed on 24 September 2004.
Issues related to risk management of GMOs (traceability, labelling, co-existence) are outside the scope of the guidance document.
The first chapter of the guidance document clarifies the scope of the document and the legal background for the risk assessment of GMOs, GM food and feed at Community level.
www.efsa.eu.int /science/gmo/gmo_guidance/660_en.html   (541 words)

  
 Managing "Pollen Drift" to Minimize Contamination of Non-GMO Corn, AGF-153
Farmers growing GMO hybrids approved for export also want to avoid contamination of their crops by GMO corns that have not yet received approval in overseas markets (Nielsen, 2003a).
As GMO corn acreage in Ohio increases with the introduction of Bt rootworm corn and wider use of other types of Bt and Roundup Ready corn, the potential for contamination of non-GMO corn is increasing.
This isolation distance requirement may be modified by removing varying numbers of non-GMO border rows, the number of which is to be determined by the acreage of the non-GMO IP corn field.
ohioline.osu.edu /agf-fact/0153.html   (1532 words)

  
 Planet Ark : Safety Concerns Keep E.Asia Consumers Off GMO Food
In Japan and South Korea, both major grain importers, GMO crops that have been certified as safe by the government can be used for food.
GMO crops contain a gene from another organism, giving the plants characteristics such as resistance to herbicides and the ability to produce their own toxins to kill pests.
Taiwanese food processors are conservative in their approach in using GMO materials and have taken to actively labelling certain lines as non-GMO.
www.planetark.com /dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/29856/story.htm   (969 words)

  
 GMO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Genetically modified organism, an organism the genetic material of which has been altered using recombinant DNA technology
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad (AAR reporting mark "GMO"), an American railroad carrier
This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/GMO   (109 words)

  
 Yes on H - For a GMO Free Mendocino County
GMO pollen drift would contaminate Mendocino County's farms and backyard vegetable gardens.
GMO contamination would make our wines and other farm products unmarketable to Europe and other world markets, jeopardizing the County's multimillion dollar export business.
GMOs are so new and untested on humans that no one knows for sure how they affect our health.
www.gmofreemendo.com   (771 words)

  
 GMO Hosting & Security, Inc. 'RapidSite' Launches 'IPv6 VPS (Virtual Private Server) Service'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tokyo-based GMO Internet Inc. (TSE: 9449) is Japan's only corporate group that is a one-stop provider of all of the services needed for Internet business, including access, domain, server rental, website creation, and Internet advertising media services.
These services are provided based on GMO's strategic policy, which is to "Become Japan's Internet Division." GMO is growing rapidly and consistently.
GMO now has over 2,000 employees working in 21 business subsidiaries with over 60 different brands cooperating together within its Media Group Strategy.
www.japancorp.net /Article.Asp?Art_ID=10793   (720 words)

  
 Soy Info Online!
They have have a strong policy to prevent GMO ingredients, requiring affidavits from all of their suppliers and some testing.
Biggest natural foods company in the U.S. Have created a GMO Task Force and are requiring affidavits from their suppliers.
Committed to avoid GMO ingredients, but have not yet eliminated GMO ingredients from all of their products.
www.soyinfo.com /haz/company.shtml   (339 words)

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