GMO breakthrough: Philippines becomes first country to approve nutrition-enhanced Golden Rice for commercial sale; Bangladesh next

GMO breakthrough: Philippines becomes first country to approve nutrition-enhanced Golden Rice for commercial sale; Bangladesh next

The Philippines became the world's first country [July 23]  to approve the commercial production of genetically modified "golden rice" that ...
Consistent global regulations essential to bring cell-based meat into the mainstream

Consistent global regulations essential to bring cell-based meat into the mainstream

Singapore's historical approval of cell-based meat late last year spurred industry momentum, but there remains a lack of clarity on ...
UN’s ambitious biodiversity plan puts ‘regenerative agriculture’ at the forefront

UN’s ambitious biodiversity plan puts ‘regenerative agriculture’ at the forefront

Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of ...
Come January, expect consumer confusion as US mandated bioengineered stamp competes with Non GMO Project label

Come January, expect consumer confusion as US mandated bioengineered stamp competes with Non GMO Project label

Under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard act, it will become mandatory for food and beverage companies starting Jan. 1 ...
President Biden’s antitrust initiative could shake up the agriculture industry. Here’s how

President Biden’s antitrust initiative could shake up the agriculture industry. Here’s how

President Joe Biden released a sweeping executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” aimed at taking on massive ...
USDA proposes that gene modifications that mimic conventional breeding should not be regulated

USDA proposes that gene modifications that mimic conventional breeding should not be regulated

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback on a proposal to ...
Viewpoint: ‘Europe has abandoned science-based assessments’ — Kenya and the rest of Africa face economic devastation, mass starvation if they adopt proposal to ban all products banned in the EU

Viewpoint: ‘Europe has abandoned science-based assessments’ — Kenya and the rest of Africa face economic devastation, mass starvation if they adopt proposal to ban all products banned in the EU

It is hard to remember any decision that posed harm to Kenya as much as the recommendation before Parliament that ...
Animal GMO and gene-editing regulations are outdated, hindering innovation. Here’s what experts say needs to change

Animal GMO and gene-editing regulations are outdated, hindering innovation. Here’s what experts say needs to change

In order for gene editing in agricultural animals to “unleash enormous gains in productivity,” a remodeling of the federal landscape ...
Viewpoint: ‘Well intentioned’ Sri Lankan plan to embrace organic farming tainted by lack of science, damaging its economy, health, and food security

Viewpoint: ‘Well intentioned’ Sri Lankan plan to embrace organic farming tainted by lack of science, damaging its economy, health, and food security

In Sri Lanka, world renowned for its tea production, an initiative to go all-organic — the textbook definition of a ...
Viewpoint: Warning to Sri Lanka — Tunnel vision embrace of an organic-only farming model sets country up for economic and environmental backwardness

Viewpoint: Warning to Sri Lanka — Tunnel vision embrace of an organic-only farming model sets country up for economic and environmental backwardness

An Open Letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Your recent endeavor to ‘rush’ the country from conventional farming to ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Viewpoint: ‘Glyphosate is socially dead’ — While every major government regulator in the world finds the herbicide safe, politicians have caved to activists, and farmers are the victims

Viewpoint: ‘Glyphosate is socially dead’ — While every major government regulator in the world finds the herbicide safe, politicians have caved to activists, and farmers are the victims

The specialist authorities from France, Sweden, Hungary and the Netherlands have come to a clear conclusion when it comes to ...
Fear of climate change moving UK closer to breaking with EU and embracing gene-edited crops

Fear of climate change moving UK closer to breaking with EU and embracing gene-edited crops

GMOs account for the vast majority of U.S. soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beet crops—but those same crops are ...
Viewpoint: Hard truths about regenerative agriculture — When marketing hype is embraced as policy

Viewpoint: Hard truths about regenerative agriculture — When marketing hype is embraced as policy

Words like artisan, craft, sustainable, and now regenerative are used to promise something better to the consumer, but at the ...
Ease global regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge

Ease global regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge

It’s imperative to ease the regulatory burden on new crop breeding technologies that could feed a warmer, hungrier world, a ...
Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

A Swedish Food Agency report compared environmental impacts of conventional farming against those of organic farming ...
Disruptive innovation in cell-based foods face significant hurdles as regulatory and technological challenges begin to mount

Disruptive innovation in cell-based foods face significant hurdles as regulatory and technological challenges begin to mount

Of the major markets across the world, the US and EU arguably have the most well-defined regulatory pathways [for implementing ...
GMO prohibition: Many farmers want GE crops so badly, they'll grow them illegally

GMO prohibition: Many farmers want GE crops so badly, they’ll grow them illegally

Countries that ban biotech crops aren't necessarily GMO-free. There's a prohibition-inspired lesson for regulators and activist groups in these nations ...
Agricultural sustainability means different things from country to country. What role is there for technology and gene editing?

Agricultural sustainability means different things from country to country. What role is there for technology and gene editing?

[A] much-anticipated study displays a welcome sense by the [European] Commission of the reality facing the global drive to sustainable ...
Kenya on track to commercialize GM maize by 2022 to increase yields, cut pesticide use

Kenya on track to commercialize GM maize by 2022 to increase yields, cut pesticide use

Whether it is ugali, a popular dish prepared from maize flour and often accompanied by meat, vegetables and pulses, or porridge, ...
Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

One of the most innovative food products expected to enter U.S. markets in coming years is cell-cultured meat and seafood ...
Why the UK’s announced embrace of CRISPR gene editing food revolution likely won’t go as smoothly as hoped

Why the UK’s announced embrace of CRISPR gene editing food revolution likely won’t go as smoothly as hoped

“Let's start now to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules, and let's develop the blight-resistant crops ...
‘Uncertain and confused’: Sri Lankan farmers facing government’s ‘misguided’ ban on all synthetic chemicals fear sustainable farming will be unattainable

‘Uncertain and confused’: Sri Lankan farmers facing government’s ‘misguided’ ban on all synthetic chemicals fear sustainable farming will be unattainable

The [Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers recently] approved President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s proposal to ban the importation of chemical fertilisers. In ...
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Another study finds glyphosate herbicide kills tumor cells. Is the much-maligned weedkiller a cancer fighter?

If Roundup or one of its ingredients turns out to be an effective cancer treatment, it would be a stunning ...
‘Major milestone in agriculture’: Nigeria's just launched genetically modified cowpea could double yields and save the country millions

‘Major milestone in agriculture’: Nigeria’s just launched genetically modified cowpea could double yields and save the country millions

Nigeria has achieved what looks like a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the official ...
Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Unfortunately there is quite a bit of dis-and misinformation about what harms bees. For instance, [Maine] lawmakers recently passed a ...
Kenya approves disease-resistant GMO cassava

Kenya approves disease-resistant GMO cassava

In yet another big win for its smallholder farmers, Kenya has become the first country globally to approve national performance ...
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