Viewpoint: CRISPR gene editing might quell 'frankenfood' fears and win consumer support for biotech

Viewpoint: CRISPR gene editing might quell ‘frankenfood’ fears and win consumer support for biotech

The debate surrounding genetically engineered (“GE” or “GMO”) plants and animals has historically been, and still is, extremely divisive. Anti-GMO ...
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German Agriculture Minister warns against ‘reflexive’ rejection of nutritional and safe CRISPR gene editing-created crops and foods

Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has warned against a "reflexive" rejection of the use of [new breeding techniques, or NBTs] ...
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Viewpoint: If Ghana embraces GMOs, farmers could save nation’s floundering agricultural sector

Ghana has prided itself over the years with agriculture being the key backbone of its economy. But for a long ...
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Sri Lankan government lifts glyphosate ban to aid tea growers ‘plagued’ by weeds, slumping production

The [Sri Lankan] government has lifted [a two-year] ban on glyphosate for all crops throughout the country. ... The Government ...
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FDA vs USDA? Federal agencies ready for a turf war, but may partner to regulate lab-grown meat

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said [on July 17th] that the agency is working closely with USDA on early efforts to ...
Viewpoint: German farmers say neonicotinoid ban throws them back into 'plant protection stone age,' forces use of 'dangerous' pesticides

Viewpoint: German farmers say neonicotinoid ban throws them back into ‘plant protection stone age,’ forces use of ‘dangerous’ pesticides

With the ban on the three most effective insecticides [Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam] for the protection of beet seeds, beet ...
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Grain wars: Ethiopia fights to reclaim intellectual property rights of its ancient ‘supergrain’ teff

Teff is a grain dating back time immemorial in Ethiopia cuisine. Its flour is used to produce injera, a staple ...
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Increasing cases of crop injury could threaten future use of effective herbicide dicamba

Half way through the year, complaints about the weed killer dicamba are increasing. This could mean efforts to stop the ...
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Viewpoint: Once fierce opponents of GMOs, Australian Greens may be softening their hard-line stance

A former radical environmental activist who made a stunning reversal on genetically-modified crops believes Australian farmers need access to the ...
Viewpoint: Republicans signal support for Obama-era global agricultural aid bill that could usher in higher tech African Green Revolution

Viewpoint: Republicans signal support for Obama-era global agricultural aid bill that could usher in higher tech African Green Revolution

The Global Food Security Act, an Obama-era piece of legislation that marshals foreign aid to speed up agricultural growth and reduce ...
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As USDA pushes deregulation, organic food producers invent their own quality standards to protect profits

Stringent regulations are crucial to maintaining consumer confidence in the organic label that the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees, according ...
Viewpoint: Neonics don't threaten bees, ban could raise food prices, increase toxic insecticide use

Viewpoint: Neonics don’t threaten bees, ban could raise food prices, increase toxic insecticide use

Neonicotinoid insecticides aren’t the problem for bees that activists have made them out to be. In fact, years of monitoring ...
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Déjà vu all over again: Germany’s ‘regulatory stranglehold’ on New Breeding Techniques mirrors its policy on GMOs 20 years ago

Biotechnology applied to agriculture is beginning to yield all manner of products, including fruits and vegetables that are disease-resistant, more ...
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Sustainable rewards worth the risks? India cracks down on farmers growing unapproved glyphosate-tolerant cotton

A high-level expert panel set up by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has found that nearly 15% [of the ...
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Lab-grown meat debate stirs ethical questions about the future of food and synthetic biology

More than a century ago, dairy farmers sounded the alarm on margarine, insisting that it wasn’t really butter, and it therefore ...
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As Africa embraces biotech, one of continent’s major grocery chains begins to import GMOs

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has granted chain store Choppies Superstores a permit to import products that may contain Genetically ...
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As European Court ponders regulatory fate of CRISPR and other New Breeding Techniques, anti-biotechnology groups lobby for GMO-like restrictions

There is a burning debate in Europe about the future of GMO regulation. The [European Court of Justice] will announce a ...
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Roundup trial: Monsanto lawyer, expert witness spar over glyphosate-cancer link

On the fourth day of a jury trial over whether Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a Bay Area man’s deadly ...
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FDA vs. USDA: FDA makes public pitch it has the most expertise to regulate cell-based meat

Food and Drug Administration officials and executives from companies that plan to make meat and seafood from animal cells made ...
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78 percent of Germans say humans have ‘no right’ to genetically engineer plants and animals, government study shows

79 percent of Germans agree that genetic engineering should be banned in agriculture, according to a 2017 study by the Federal ...
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Viewpoint: In act of retribution, organic trade group sues Ben & Jerry’s for false advertising

The Organic Consumers Association is up to its old tricks again and has filed a suit against Vermont-based Ben & ...
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Marijuana-derived epilepsy drug might pave the way for GMO cannabis research

Legal hurdles to exploring marijuana’s medicinal properties might soon fall in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration’s ...
Despite judge's finding of 'weak' evidence glyphosate causes cancer, Monsanto could face Roundup litigation onslaught

Despite judge’s finding of ‘weak’ evidence glyphosate causes cancer, Monsanto could face Roundup litigation onslaught

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle [July 10] when a U.S. judge ruled ...
Viewpoint: For consumers concerned about food safety, proposed USDA GMO label is a dismal failure

Viewpoint: For consumers concerned about food safety, proposed USDA GMO label is a dismal failure

The USDA just ended their public comment period on their proposed execution of the terrible Federal GMO labeling law passed in 2016. The ...
How Anti-GMO Advocates Hijacked German science, Blocking Agricultural Innovation and Threatening the CRISPR Revolution: A Farmer’s Perspective

How Anti-GMO Advocates Hijacked German science, Blocking Agricultural Innovation and Threatening the CRISPR Revolution: A Farmer’s Perspective

Susanne Günther, Farmer, Blogger, and Winner of the InnoPlanta Prize for Objective Reporting on Modern Plant Breeding | July 12, ...
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Ireland reaffirms ban on GMO crop cultivation, citing status as ‘green, sustainable food producer’

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, has secured Cabinet approval to enable Ireland to prohibit or ...
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Talking Biotech: Disturbing new details on Putin’s anti-GMO propaganda campaign designed to sow political discord in the U.S.

An examination by social scientists revealed "surprising evidence" of a Russian campaign aimed at discrediting GMOs and influencing public opinion ...
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Use of illegal, older varieties of dicamba herbicide blamed for causing crop damage across 10 states

For some farmers and weed scientists, puckered leaves on certain crops and other plants have become a familiar summertime sight ...