Book review: Jennifer Thompson's 'GM Crops and the Global Divide' offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

Book review: Jennifer Thompson’s ‘GM Crops and the Global Divide’ offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading “GM Crops and the Global Divide,” the new book by Jennifer Thomson, emeritus professor at ...
'Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive': Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

‘Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive’: Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

In the midst of the Farm to Fork (F2F) debate and the renegotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the ...
Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a 'GMO'? The question has important implications for regulation

Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a ‘GMO’? The question has important implications for regulation

The controversy over genetically engineered organisms (sometimes called “genetically modified organisms,” or “GMOs”) is genuine, not faux — but only ...
Viewpoint: If the EU is serious about its Farm to Fork goals, it must address massive ‘yield gap’ between conventional and organic farming. Ag biotechnology is the solution

Viewpoint: If the EU is serious about its Farm to Fork goals, it must address massive ‘yield gap’ between conventional and organic farming. Ag biotechnology is the solution

The EU’s Green Deal has a “Farm to Fork” strategy designed to meet the global sustainable development goals and increase ...
Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

If crop and pasture yields continue to grow as projected, by 2050 agricultural land will need to increase by an ...
Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

What is gene editing and what does the process actually entail? According to [a UK Department of Food, Environment and ...
Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

The European Union’s top court on [May 6] upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, ...
China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China will encourage technological innovation to boost domestic supplies of high-quality seeds, dubbed "agriculture microchips," officials said at a seed ...
Impossible Food's GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as 'safe' by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

Impossible Food’s GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as ‘safe’ by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

When the Center for Food Safety brought the approval of Impossible Foods' heme ingredient to the federal courts, its reasoning ...
Viewpoint: ‘It is high time Indian farming transforms into precision agriculture by using modern tools of biotechnology'

Viewpoint: ‘It is high time Indian farming transforms into precision agriculture by using modern tools of biotechnology’

The potential of genetic engineering is immense, with gene editing opening up the possibility of cures to hereditary diseases. Similarly, ...
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Over 2,000 Nigerian farmers ready to grow GM cowpea this year

More than 2,000 Nigerian farmers are planning to plant Bt cowpea, the country’s first genetically modified food crop, in July ...
In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

An international research team, including scientists from Wageningen University & Research [WUR] in the Netherlands, says that unless the EU ...
Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban ...
Viewpoint: Can European Commission reverse 20 years of backward, precautionary regulation of crop biotechnology? CRISPR presents an opportunity

Viewpoint: Can European Commission reverse 20 years of backward, precautionary regulation of crop biotechnology? CRISPR presents an opportunity

The expected report of the European Commission on “new genomic techniques” was published as announced before the end of April ...
Viewpoint: Higher food prices, increased food insecurity, trade impacts? The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy has devastating potential outcomes

Viewpoint: Higher food prices, increased food insecurity, trade impacts? The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy has devastating potential outcomes

A recent study by the USDA Economic Research Service shows potential negative impacts to the global market if the European ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology groups lining up against proposal that USDA take over regulation of genetically engineered animals, claiming ‘unknown dangers’

Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology groups lining up against proposal that USDA take over regulation of genetically engineered animals, claiming ‘unknown dangers’

A potential shift in regulatory authority and oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the USDA over genetically ...
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'Current GMO legislation not fit for innovative technologies': European Commission calls for revamp of agricultural biotechnology rules to allow gene editing, promote sustainable farming

‘Current GMO legislation not fit for innovative technologies’: European Commission calls for revamp of agricultural biotechnology rules to allow gene editing, promote sustainable farming

The European Commission published, at the request of the Council, a study on New Genomic Techniques (NGTs). The study shows ...
Viewpoint: Countries that resist genetically engineered crops because of ‘distrust of technology’ and misplaced health and environmental fears will be left behind

Viewpoint: Countries that resist genetically engineered crops because of ‘distrust of technology’ and misplaced health and environmental fears will be left behind

As the share of genetically engineered crops produced internationally continues to grow, countries resistant to approve the technology face market ...
Draught-wracked Australia and Asia: Still unapproved sustainable genetically-engineered wheat poised for approval in Brazil could address climate change disruptions

Draught-wracked Australia and Asia: Still unapproved sustainable genetically-engineered wheat poised for approval in Brazil could address climate change disruptions

Bioceres is trying to succeed where no other company has before by selling genetically-modified wheat. While the vast majority of ...
Viewpoint: Big Ag is ‘cherry-picking sustainable practices’ and co-opting the language of agroecology

Viewpoint: Big Ag is ‘cherry-picking sustainable practices’ and co-opting the language of agroecology

[A] coalition of academics who are members of the Agroecology Research-Action Collective announced a boycott of the [UN’s 2021 Food ...
Kenyan farmers reap bountiful first harvest of GM cotton

Kenyan farmers reap bountiful first harvest of GM cotton

Winfred Kasambu, a 50-year-old farmer and a grandmother of two from Kenya’s Eastern region, is cherishing high hopes of prosperity ...
‘Lose-lose situation’: Facing unprofitable organic farming, Mexico cotton growers resort to illegally planting GMO seeds

‘Lose-lose situation’: Facing unprofitable organic farming, Mexico cotton growers resort to illegally planting GMO seeds

Cotton producers [in Mexico are using] illegal seeds due to the government's ban on using transgenics and due to lack ...
Back to court? 300 lawyers challenge Bayer’s $2 Billion settlement proposal for future Roundup class-action lawsuits

Back to court? 300 lawyers challenge Bayer’s $2 Billion settlement proposal for future Roundup class-action lawsuits

Tens of thousands of people have sued Monsanto owner Bayer AG alleging their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers were caused ...
Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

A Mexican judge has sided with Bayer AG in a legal challenge to a government plan to prohibit glyphosate, according ...
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Viewpoint: 6 debunked anti-GMO talking points activists should abandon for good

The public still accepts some blatant untruths about biotechnology, food safety, and sustainability ...
'Blissfully unaware’: Many food manufacturers don’t realize new GM labeling law applies to them and are unprepared for end-of-year deadline

‘Blissfully unaware’: Many food manufacturers don’t realize new GM labeling law applies to them and are unprepared for end-of-year deadline

Compliance with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) – which requires firms with annual sales of >$2.5m to label ...
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