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Scientists reveal the genetic history of corn

A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize has revealed the crop’s complex domestication history. It began as a Mexican wild grass and developed into the plant capable of being used to produce corn porridge and tortillas.

New way to protect maize from pathogens

Berna - Many modern crops have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by pathogens. Scientists are exploring ways to help protect maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.

GM crop fails to kill caterpillars

Whether GM crops are right or wrong for the environment, they are supposed to pest resistant. In one case, however, African caterpillars have proved to be remarkably resistant.

GMO mini-documentary: 'All of us guinea pigs now?'

Recently released is the English sub-titled trailer of the full film on Séralini’s controversial GMO study - the only long-term peer study on the commercialized GM NK603 maize and the pesticide Roundup ever done.

Mexico's decision on GM maize postponed until next year

Mexico - A decision as to a widespread planting of genetically modified (GM) corn or transgenic maize in Mexico will not be made under the outgoing government of President Felipe Calderón. It will now await until sometime next spring.

Video: Telebriefing on animal feeding trial on GM corn & Roundup

Paris - The results of a two-year feeding trial were released yesterday, with details of tumors and mortality in rats, and a telebriefing conference was held which has now been released as an audio file.

Results of first animal feeding trial on GM maize & Roundup

This is the first study of its kind, it is peer-reviewed, and will be published in the American journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. The results are not reassuring.

Op-Ed: Maps released of GMO crop experiments in Spain

Maps have been released, showing various locations in Spain, where permission was requested in 2010 and 2011 to experiment with genetically modified crops.

Op-Ed: WikiLeaks exposes corruption as France bans Monsanto’s GMO maize

Coming soon after France bans GMO maize, WikiLeaks cables expose details of 'military-style trade wars' against countries who reject Monsanto GMOs.

Poland imposes ban on Monsanto MON810 genetically modified maize

Warsaw - In Warsaw, Poland a ban has now officially been imposed on Monsanto's MON810 GMO maize. Recent protests by beekeepers and anti-GMO activists have a successful conclusion.

Study suggests ancient Peruvians indulged in popcorn

A new discovery in Peru suggests early inhabitants ate corn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. An unearthing of ancient corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels were unearthed and date back approximately 6,700 to 3,000 years ago.

Maize shortage to affect over 4 million Kenyans

Kenyan is facing a shortage of maize, which is a staple crop; it is likely this shortage will affect over four million Kenyans.

Kenya; Push-Pull Method to Boost Maize Yields

Farmers in Kenya may have a new ally in their battle against weeds and pests. Scientists at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology have developed a growing method for maize called the push pull method.

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Some ears of unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America.
Some ears of unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America.
Keith Weller, USDA
Maize in Mexico.
Maize in Mexico.
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A woman stands outside of her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth  in Harare  Zimbabwe
A woman stands outside of her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth, in Harare, Zimbabwe
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