UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

Gene editing involves replacing genes that govern traits such as water dependency and nutrition with better-functioning ones from the same ...
Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Gene-edited plants differ from traditional GMOs because the method used to modify their genetic codes differs, and they often don’t ...
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EU ‘Green Deal’ could mandate 50% cut in pesticide use, include tax on ‘most dangerous’ chemicals

EU ‘Green Deal’ could mandate 50% cut in pesticide use, include tax on ‘most dangerous’ chemicals

The [European] Commission proposed a 50 percent cut in the risk and use of pesticides by 2030 as part of ...
Viewpoint: Glyphosate weedkiller is dangerous and should be banned, or the $11 billion Roundup settlement is a legal ‘shakedown'

Viewpoint: Glyphosate weedkiller is dangerous and should be banned, or the $11 billion Roundup settlement is a legal ‘shakedown’

Plaintiffs allege that glyphosate—a widely used herbicide—is carcinogenic. Though it looks like Bayer will end up paying nearly $11 billion ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s overregulation of gene-edited animals hinders innovation and harms consumers

Viewpoint: FDA’s overregulation of gene-edited animals hinders innovation and harms consumers

When the FDA wants to, it can get desperately needed products expeditiously to those who need them.  But for some ...
Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Fruit growers are on the alert.  “Once again we fruit growers find ourselves facing .... the consequences of other people’s ...
Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Within days of being sworn in, President Joe Biden elevated the science adviser to the president to Cabinet rank, with ...
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EPA blocks state-level attempts to ease restrictions on drift-prone dicamba weedkiller

EPA said it intends to deny an attempt by North Carolina to extend the cutoff dates for dicamba to accommodate ...
Limited consumer demand could hinder Europe’s plans to reach 25% organic food production

Limited consumer demand could hinder Europe’s plans to reach 25% organic food production

EU plans to make over 25 percent of Europe’s farmland organic by 2030 will depend on changes in consumption patterns, ...
Law firms that led glyphosate-cancer litigation against Bayer want a ‘bigger slice’ of the record-breaking settlement

Law firms that led glyphosate-cancer litigation against Bayer want a ‘bigger slice’ of the record-breaking settlement

Plaintiffs’ firms that led the legal campaign against Bayer AG are fighting over $800 million in fees from the Roundup ...
Facing stiff GM crop restrictions, Mexican cotton farmers may import illegal biotech seeds

Facing stiff GM crop restrictions, Mexican cotton farmers may import illegal biotech seeds

During 2020, cotton production fell [in Mexico, as only] one million bales were produced, 500 thousand less than in other ...
‘Green’ politics and consumer uncertainty keep GM crops outlawed in Europe. Will gene editing change the legal landscape?

‘Green’ politics and consumer uncertainty keep GM crops outlawed in Europe. Will gene editing change the legal landscape?

Agronomy grad student Frederik Vilhelm Larsen, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, wants to explore all the science that ...
New South Wales, Australia poised to lift GM crop cultivation ban in July, sparking debate between farmers and environmentalists

New South Wales, Australia poised to lift GM crop cultivation ban in July, sparking debate between farmers and environmentalists

[New South Wales Agriculture Minister Adam] Marshall said [lifting the state’s GM crop ban on July 1 will open] the ...
Podcast: Sierra Club endorses biotech chestnut tree; GM salmon coming this April? Downside of genetic engineering

Podcast: Sierra Club endorses biotech chestnut tree; GM salmon coming this April? Downside of genetic engineering

Historically a vocal opponent of genetically engineered crops, the Sierra Club has endorsed the release of a disease-resistant, genetically modified ...
Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Terms like 'GMO-free' and 'raised without hormones or antibiotics' are just some of the labels used on food products, and ...
How are genetically engineered crops regulated around the world?

How are genetically engineered crops regulated around the world?

By employing precise, efficient, yet affordable genome editing techniques, new genome edited crops are entering country regulatory schemes for commercialization.  ...
China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

[China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has] found eight companies and research institutes that illegally produced or carried out ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s burdensome animal gene-editing rules hinder innovation. USDA takeover could spur progress

Viewpoint: FDA’s burdensome animal gene-editing rules hinder innovation. USDA takeover could spur progress

Over the last two months, USDA made two revolutionary moves regarding the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) animals: to take ...
GM, insect-resistant, Bt corn could reach Kenyan farms in 2021 — and may help double crop yields

GM, insect-resistant, Bt corn could reach Kenyan farms in 2021 — and may help double crop yields

The TELA Bt maize variety if adopted can help [Kenyan] farmers double their yields. Speaking [February 22] during an open ...
Machetes, not glyphosate: Mexican president tells farmers to manually remove weeds following herbicide restrictions

Machetes, not glyphosate: Mexican president tells farmers to manually remove weeds following herbicide restrictions

[Mexican] President Andrés Manuel López Obrador …. proposed the use of machetes to remove weeds from crops instead of using ...
Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

[British farming and environment minister George] Eustice told the annual conference of the National Farmers Union [on February 23] that ...
GMO salmon two months from introduction: AquaBounty fights anti-biotechnology misinformation as it gears up for April launch of fast-growing, sustainable AquAdvantage salmon

GMO salmon two months from introduction: AquaBounty fights anti-biotechnology misinformation as it gears up for April launch of fast-growing, sustainable AquAdvantage salmon

AquaBounty's genetically engineered, fast-growing salmon could be sold at US restaurants and grocery stores as soon as this April. The ...
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Senate confirms Obama Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to head USDA again

The Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as U.S. Agriculture Secretary, opening the way for the Biden administration to move forward with ...
Viewpoint: Eco-hypocrisy—Mexico bans GM corn and glyphosate to promote sustainability while subsidizing fossil fuels

Viewpoint: Eco-hypocrisy—Mexico bans GM corn and glyphosate to promote sustainability while subsidizing fossil fuels

Imagine for a moment that the US government banned smart phones and tablets and forced everyone to use home telephones ...
Anti-GMO Europe wants to fight climate change. Will it approve the eco-friendly (but GM) Impossible Burger?

Anti-GMO Europe wants to fight climate change. Will it approve the eco-friendly (but GM) Impossible Burger?

Impossible Foods’ efforts to enter the European market have faced a 15-month-long battle over the key ingredient that gives its ...
Peru extends GM crop cultivation ban to 'investigate' biotechnology’s impact on biodiversity — which government says will take until 2035

Peru extends GM crop cultivation ban to ‘investigate’ biotechnology’s impact on biodiversity — which government says will take until 2035

The Peruvian Congress approved a moratorium that prohibits the entry of Living Modified Organisms (transgenic) for cultivation or breeding purposes ...
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