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EU ‘farm-to-fork’ proposal opens door to gene editing, drawing fire from anti-GMO groups

The European Commission has set targets to reduce pesticide use and sales of antimicrobials by 2030. The Farm to Fork ...
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Federal judge tosses lawsuit alleging Cheerios contain undisclosed glyphosate weedkiller

A would-be class suit alleging General Mills Inc. failed to disclose the presence of glyphosate residue in Cheerios can’t proceed ...
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African nations warm to crop biotechnology for potential food security gains

Though only a few African countries are now growing genetically modified (GM) crops commercially, governments across the continent are increasingly ...
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Viewpoint: The Impossible Burger has sparked an ideological rift between anti-GMO critics

Redrawn battle lines expose a growing ideological rift in a once-cohesive anti-GMO movement and appear to signal a shift in ...
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GMO herbicide-tolerant canola poses little risk to human health, EU Food Safety Authority finds

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the ...
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Plants obtained from conventional breeding can’t be patented, European patent court rules

The highest judicial authority at the [European Patent Office] EPO issued their opinion .... in the controversial G3/19 (Pepper) case ...
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USDA’s relaxed biotech crop rules could speed plant development, but are regulations still too strict?

A major change to U.S. regulation of biotech will exempt some gene-edited plants from government oversight. The new policy ...
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Will relaxed USDA GMO, gene-edited crop regulation fuel consumer distrust of biotech?

Plants genetically modified to make changes that also have been made through conventional breeding will not need specific federal oversight, ...
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Europe streamlined approval process to weeks to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Why does it take more than a decade to get a GMO safety review?

At the start of the pandemic, China built a hospital in double-quick time and we all thought, “that’s why they ...
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Kenya poised to greenlight GMO disease-resistant cassava cultivation to protect key food source

Kenya is planning to green-light the cultivation and sale of genetically modified cassava in a move to improve food security ...
Monsanto in Another Huge Lawsuit for Lying About Roundup Cancer Link

Appeals court appears poised to cut jury award in landmark glyphosate-cancer case against Bayer but let verdict stand

A California appeals court looks poised to issue a ruling that would uphold the first U.S. trial victory involving allegations ...
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Farm groups back South Australia plan to allow GMO crop cultivation, citing ‘freedom of choice’ for growers

South Australia’s Parliament has taken another step towards legalizing the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, voting to approve ...
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USDA eliminates antiquated rules for GMOs which it says will bring plant biotech regulations ‘into the 21st century’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue [May 14] announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...
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Bolivia accelerates GMO crop approvals to bolster national food supply, export industries

Interim President Jeanine Añez of Bolivia issued a Supreme Decree authorizing the National Biosafety Committee to speed up the evaluation ...
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Viewpoint: California pesticide regulation battle highlights influence of politically connected activist groups

[California] Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for strong regulatory enforcement to “protect children from pesticide exposure” in a new directive ...
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Ethiopia remains a net food importer, despite its rich farming history. Can GMO crops help?

The 21st century is said to be the century of biology and ecology. Thus, for Ethiopia, as one of the ...
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Should Europe regulate disease-fighting gene drive organisms as GMOs?

Within the last decades, new genetic engineering tools for manipulating genetic material in plants, animals and microorganisms are getting large ...
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US, Kenya free-trade agreement could end run African nation’s ‘entrenched’ anti-GMO interests

Anti-biotech activists and sentiment are entrenched throughout Africa, but U.S. farm groups and businesses are hoping a free-trade agreement with ...
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Why local food production doesn’t prevent shortages in a pandemic

Throughout this pandemic, there have been many prognostications about the future of eating and proposals to make sure we are ...
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Viewpoint: Crop gene editing can speed post-Brexit UK’s COVID-19 economic recovery

Economic recovery after COVID post-Brexit will need the UK to be able to develop existing industries in new markets, fast ...
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Bolivian farmers reject activist opposition to GMO seed approvals, expecting crops yields to triple

The Federation of Peasant Workers of Cochabamba (FTCC) announced its discontent against the use of transgenic seeds promoted by the ...
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker propose phased in ‘factory farming’ ban to clamp down on ‘Big Ag’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced [May 7] that she would be co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker's bill to phase out large-scale factory ...
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EU Food Safety Authority defends pesticide risk studies activists call ‘unfit for purpose’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of its two pilot assessments on the risks posed to ...
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Rescuing Africa’s staple orphan crops—sorghum, millet, cowpea, cassava and sweat potato—with biotechnology could help feed millions of people

The year is 2100 and Africa is home to the world’s largest population of young people, with its current leader ...
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As anti-pesticide sentiment builds, USDA backs plan to combat invasive Russian wheat aphid with wasps

Turning loose a non-native wasp to sting and kill an aphid that feasts on wheat and barley in the Western ...
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USDA, FDA should streamline ‘fragmented’ lab-grown meat regulation, Government Accountability Office finds

General information about the process of making cell-cultured meat—food products grown from the cells of livestock, poultry, and seafood—is available ...
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COVID-19 may stall Nigeria’s rollout of GMO cowpea

The COVID-19 pandemic may delay the rollout of pest-resistant Bt cowpea, Nigeria’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop. The country’s ...
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COVID pandemic illustrates how seed banks help combat hunger in times of crisis

In our daily search for pasta and flour, not to mention toilet paper, we are now learning the hard way ...