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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 ...
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Global expert survey reveals how regulation can help or hurt crop gene-editing innovation

The adoption of genome editing depends among others, on a clear and navigable regulatory framework that renders consistent decisions. Some ...
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Book review: Sheldon Krimsky’s ‘GMOs Decoded’ cherry-picks data to spur fear of biotech crops

Judith Heimann reviews “GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic’s View of Genetically Modified Foods,” by Sheldon Krimsky ...
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Viewpoint: EU opposition to CRISPR crops threatens sustainable farming in developing world

Agricultural economist Dr. Matin Qaim of the University of Göttingen in Germany recommends that regulatory reforms and a more science-based ...
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Despite GMO Bt insect-resistant cotton approval, Ethiopia still skittish about widespread biotech crop cultivation

The Ethiopian government has denied approving the commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) other than two Bt cotton varieties ...
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Plant-based beef ingredients from China may hurt Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat sales

While America's biggest beef and pork producers were nearly laid low in April by COVID-19 cases in their workforce, sales ...
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GMO corn cultivation in Europe has no adverse environmental effects, decade-long study confirms

In European regulations for the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (GMO), the objective of General Surveillance ...
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Ethiopian geneticist defends his country’s decision to approve GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton

A recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service welcoming the Government of Ethiopia’s (GOE) ...
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US government launches GMO website, may allow GM crops in some wildlife refuges

While much of the United States government’s recent activity has focused on COVID-19, some agencies are continuing their work in ...
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Anti-GMO Advocacy Funding Tracker: Vast network of donors and NGOs seed doubt about crop biotechnology

Who is David and who is Goliath when it comes to the GMO debate? Anti-biotech activists have long maintained that ...
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Africa’s smallholder farmers need support to build resiliency and sustainability

The world is at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the smallholder farmers who feed millions of Africans ...
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EU could make 25% of its farmland organic by 2030 to combat biodiversity loss

The EU could set a target of one-quarter of agricultural land in Europe to be farmed organically by 2030, with ...
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COVID-19, climate change may accelerate public acceptance of CRISPR-edited food

Gene editing, like genetic modification, is a technology that has attracted a fair amount of skepticism from European regulators and ...
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Facing weak yields and poor weather, Bolivian farmers demand access to new GMO seeds

Facing declining yields and inclement weather, smallholder farmers in Bolivia are asking the government to approve of the use of ...
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Viewpoint: COVID-19 food shortages—Why the pandemic is a warning to embrace agricultural technology

The question worth asking is this: will we learn from this trying experience and embrace agricultural technology to build a ...
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States want tighter EPA restrictions on dicamba weedkillers after another year of ‘skyrocketing’ crop damage

On April 28, the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) sent EPA a letter asking that the agency consider ...
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Africa looks to build food self-sufficiency as COVID disrupts global supply chain

As Africa grapples with disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some see it as an ...
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Regulation and anti-GMO activism: Roadblocks on the way to saving the American chestnut tree

In traditional plant breeding .... farmers .... cross varieties with desired traits .... and select promising mixtures for sought-after qualities ...
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Cumulative pesticide exposure poses little risk to consumers, EU food safety officials find

Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number ...
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Ban glyphosate? Environmental chemist debunks ‘flawed’ case against Bayer’s herbicide

Contrary to sensational media reports and class actions, global regulators consider glyphosate not to be carcinogenic. Consequences could be dire ...