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Mexican honey

In Mexico, a district judge in Yucatán overturned a permit issued to Monsanto in June 2012 that allowed commercial planting of Roundup-ready soybeans.

Bee keepers apparently led the protests against the permit, and the ruling followed scientific evidence presented about the threats posed by GM soy crops to honey production. The popular press were scant on the details of the threat so I’m not able to anaylse it. What is interesting is how the honey industry could be affected by the ruling (it’s a major export).

Here’s an interesting ruling about whether pollen from a GM plant counts as a GM ingredient of honey.

EU regulations

The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms. Member states can ban or restrict GMOs in their territory, rather than there being a single EU ruling for each GM variety.I can recommend this interesting analysis.

Golden rice paper retraction

There is a large legal battle going on about whether a paper on golden rice with reported ethical violations by a Chinese scientist should be retracted.

Author: Rebecca Nesbit

I am author of a popular science book 'Is that Fish in your Tomato?' exploring the fact and fiction of GM crops. In my work and leisure so far, I have trained bees to detect explosives, used a radar to study butterflies for my PhD, written a novel, taken the train from London to China, organised Biology Week, sold science jewellery on Etsy, and traveled to four continents with Nobel Laureates. Best off all, I've made lots of friends whose support I very much appreciate. Thank you! Please visit my website:

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