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Plant ‘vaccines’, CRISPR gene editing could increase crop yields and reduce pesticide use

When European researchers recently announced a new technique that could potentially replace chemical pesticides with a natural “vaccine” for crops, ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO groups’ crusade against Golden Rice not backed by science

Golden Rice was declared safe for consumption by Canada recently. This has huge implications for the rest of the world, ...
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Arkansas battle over dicamba: Farmers don’t have to obey state ban on spraying herbicide, local courts say

The wild battle in Arkansas over dicamba, the controversial and drift-prone herbicide, just got even crazier. Local courts have told ...
How ‘regulatory lag’ in approving GMO crops hurts international trade

How ‘regulatory lag’ in approving GMO crops hurts international trade

Time is money. This time-worn axiom of business school courses and the corporate world is also particularly applicable to the ...
First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest ...
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Germany planning ‘massive restrictions’ on glyphosate herbicide use in agriculture

German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on [April 17] said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the ...
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Mystery source of orange GMO petunias identified

A recall campaign for commercial, orange flowering petunia varieties in spring 2017 caused economic losses worldwide. The orange varieties were ...
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How the European Court of Justice could open the door to gene editing and revive crop biotechnology in EU

A “landmark opinion” from the European Court of Justice on the definition of genetically modified organisms could pave the way ...
Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts: Uganda will remain trapped by food poverty if its leaders bow to anti-biotech activists

Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts: Uganda will remain trapped by food poverty if its leaders bow to anti-biotech activists

One of the main sources of nutrition for poor Ugandans, bananas, is on the verge of being wiped out by ...
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Video: Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine on GMOs and ‘chemophobia’

In this episode of The Dissenter, Ricardo Lopes interviews Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine about bioengineering, GMOs and "chemophobia." Ricardo ...
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‘Will people eat it?’: The public opinion battle over CRISPR gene-edited food is just beginning

Zachary Lippman, a plant biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, stood among 2 acres of his experimental crops, including some ...
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Some in Germany’s Green Party reconsidering long-held opposition to GMOs and genetic engineering

Genetic engineering is the devil's tool of the agricultural industry, dangerous to health and the environment. Or so you could summarize the ...
Genetically engineered AquaBounty salmon ready for US market, but caught in Congressional 'sausage grinder'

Genetically engineered AquaBounty salmon ready for US market, but caught in Congressional ‘sausage grinder’

“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” The true version of ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘organic’ should be redefined to include GMOs

The challenges of sustainable food production without damaging the environment for a growing human population have increased considerably. The current ...
Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Experts estimate we’ll be eating the first CRISPR produce — likely strawberries or another type of fruit — within five ...
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Aftershock of Monsanto being stripped of its patent control over Indian Bt GMO cotton: It may doom domestic crop research, too

Sections of the government, egged on by powerful Andhra seed companies, are probably cheering the judgment of the Delhi high court’s ...
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UK scientists hopeful government will emulate USDA decision to not regulate gene-edited crops

US regulators have ruled crops altered using gene-editing techniques do not need to come under the same restrictions as genetically ...
Honeybee population isn't ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

Honeybee population isn’t ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

In recent years, articles on honeybees have often started with a sentence like this: “Populations of honeybees have crashed in ...
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Viewpoint: Gene editing in agriculture shouldn’t be regulated, whether applied to crops or animals

CRISPR has changed the way alterations are made; so in the past year the FDA clarified their position, any intentional ...
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Monsanto may leave India after court rules GMO Bt cotton patent unenforceable

The Delhi High Court, on March 11th, ruled that Monsanto’s patents on two genetically modified (GM) seed varieties of cotton ...
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Frankenfoods? A ‘terrible word’ that could describe more foods than you might realize

What's a Frankenfood? If science matters, it's not food with ingredients whose genes have been precision modified ...
Monsanto has no patent on GMO Bt cotton seeds, Indian court rules

Monsanto has no patent on GMO Bt cotton seeds, Indian court rules

Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, can’t own a patent over genetically modified cotton seeds in India, a court ...
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Viewpoint: EWG’s Dirty Dozen foods and pesticides list scares people away from healthy eating

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on [April 10] released its 2018 “Dirty Dozen” list to showcase the top pesticide-riddled fruits and vegetables. But some argue ...
European farmers push EU to emulate USDA in not regulating CRISPR and other new crop breeding techniques

European farmers push EU to emulate USDA in not regulating CRISPR and other new crop breeding techniques

European farmers warned EU policymakers on [April 10] to take immediate action and encourage innovative new plant breeding techniques following the ...
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South Korean protesters demand labeling of GMO foods

Hundreds of farmers, consumers and environmental activists gathered in front of the Government Complex in Seoul [April 10] to demand ...
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Why FDA’s proposed gene-editing regulations could stifle CRISPR research on food animals

A 2017 draft Food and Drug Administration guidance proposes mandatory, multigenerational premarket new animal drug evaluation of all “intentional genomic ...
Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list highlights 'meaningless distinctions' between organic and conventional foods

Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list highlights ‘meaningless distinctions’ between organic and conventional foods

On April 10, the Environmental Working Group – an NGO funded by big organic marketers – released its annual “Dirty Dozen List” ...
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Plant scientists embrace USDA decision to not regulate gene-edited crops

Researchers in the US have been given the go-ahead to use gene-editing techniques to alter crops and plants. The decision ...