The scientific community in Europe quickly mobilized in condemnation after the Scottish Government announced a pre-emptive ban on all GM crops on August 9.
In their 2015 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates make a "Big Bet" for the next 15 years: That thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education, the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than in any other time in history
Headlines: Chipotle Stops Using GE Ingredients, Dr. Oz Faces Mounting Criticism For Promoting Junk Science on Health Remedies, GMOs, EU Approves GM Crops, Pushes Forth Plan to Let Member States Decide, Germany’s National Academy of Science Strongly Endorses GM Crops, Japanese Farmers Petition for GM Field Tests
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Days after the US announced its approval for GE potatoes, public sector scientists in the UK said that field trials are expected to begin this summer on a GE potato, dubbed the “Super Spud.”
Headlines: China Begins GE Food Education Campaign, Uganda Tables Biosafety Bill, India Surpasses China in GM Hectares Grown, EU Lobbied for 13 Biotech Approvals, Scottish Farmer: Rebrand genetic modification as ‘ethical crop breeding’.
Scientists in the UK have made major progress in addressing one of the seafood industry’s biggest environmental challenges. Last month, Rothamsted Research announced that a GE camelina plant had been successfully fed to farmed Atlantic salmon. A false flax widely grown for seed oil, the camelina plant had been enhanced with genes from marine algae, which produces the coveted Omega 3-rich fish oil.
Last week European scientists had their gaze fixed up in space and celebrated the successful touchdown of the Rosetta lander on Comet 67P. Meanwhile back on earth, science, at least in Europe, had little cause for celebrations.
Three political decisions signal that science in Europe now is on the verge of entering a time of political ignorance.