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 ...
Viewpoint: Challenging organic myths — Big Ag doesn't 'control the food supply' with patented GMO seeds, patented seeds are planted on organic farms, too

Viewpoint: Challenging organic myths — Big Ag doesn’t ‘control the food supply’ with patented GMO seeds, patented seeds are planted on organic farms, too

GMO critics demonize the concept of seed patents, equating it with 'Big Ag' and what they see as a takeover ...
Farm fraud: Consumers spend billions on food that might not be organic

Farm fraud: Consumers spend billions on food that might not be organic

Organic food sales are growing rapidly, with an estimated worth of $272.18 billion by 2027. The premium prices paid for ‘organics’ ...
Viewpoint: Giving up hamburgers won’t stop climate change

Viewpoint: Giving up hamburgers won’t stop climate change

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime, which we must address with urgency, but swapping out a hamburger ...
Cuba establishes expert commission to ensure safe, sustainable use of GM crops

Cuba establishes expert commission to ensure safe, sustainable use of GM crops

The National Commission for the Use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Cuban agriculture was established. The head of CITMA ...
EU’s refusal to permit GMO crops led to millions of tons of additional CO2, scientists reveal

EU’s refusal to permit GMO crops led to millions of tons of additional CO2, scientists reveal

Europe’s refusal to permit its farmers to cultivate genetically engineered (GE) crops led to the avoidable emission of millions of ...
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Podcast: ‘Greedy’ factory farms? Milk without cows; Vaccine for melanoma

Farms are larger today than ever before, but it's not because they're "greedy factory farms." Milk of the future might ...
Developing countries grow more GM crops than their industrial counterparts

Developing countries grow more GM crops than their industrial counterparts

Developing countries continued to plant more biotech crops in 2019, according to the ISAAA report on the Global Status of Commercialized ...
Viewpoint: FDA took 24 years to approve fast-growing GM salmon. Let’s hope lab-made meat, dairy hit the market sooner

Viewpoint: FDA took 24 years to approve fast-growing GM salmon. Let’s hope lab-made meat, dairy hit the market sooner

[Numerous] startups are pursuing the production of cultured meats including Israel-based Future Meat Technologies and Dutch companies Meatable and Mosa ...
Europe regulates gene-edited crops as GMOs. Will it ever have the tools to detect them?

Europe regulates gene-edited crops as GMOs. Will it ever have the tools to detect them?

To enforce GMO restrictions, EU member states first need a way to detect GMOs. So in 2002, the EU set ...
Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate

Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate

Once the UK left the EU, it would be free to invest in gene editing of crops and livestock to “feed ...
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Farmer lawsuits could block Mexico’s proposed glyphosate weedkiller and GMO crop bans

The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified (GMO) corn as well as the widely-used herbicide glyphosate will likely ...
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Will Biden Administration preserve Trump USDA’s science-based crop biotechnology rules?

"Listen to the science" was an oft-heard riposte in political debates about how the government should respond to the COVID-19 ...
Viewpoint: 'Terminator seeds'—the anti-GMO bogeyman that never existed

Viewpoint: ‘Terminator seeds’—the anti-GMO bogeyman that never existed

Although GMO sterile 'terminator' seeds never existed, the idea has distorted the discussion for decades ...
Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Farmers in Germany will have to gradually reduce their use of glyphosate and stop using it completely from 2024 in ...
Could Ethiopia make or break the future of GM crops in Africa?

Could Ethiopia make or break the future of GM crops in Africa?

I have followed with interest the recent controversy around plantings of transgenic crops in Ethiopia. Until 2015, the country took ...
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FDA, USDA face off over GE animal regulation: Will agency dispute lead to science-based rules?

[O]n the day before President Biden’s inauguration, USDA released a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) in which it was purported that ...
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Viewpoint: Hazard vs risk—What Europe gets wrong about pesticide safety

When reading articles, blog posts, or policy papers related to the use of pesticides, we often hear the word "hazard" ...
Bolivia looks to GM soybeans, cotton and sugar cane to boost flagging agricultural production

Bolivia looks to GM soybeans, cotton and sugar cane to boost flagging agricultural production

The administration of the [Bolivian] president, Luis Arce Catacora, promised to make viable, after a technical study, the use of ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticides can be harmful—but they’re also ‘vital to human health and global food security’

As much as pesticides are a threat to certain ecosystems, they’re also responsible for providing the planet with food in ...
Kenya approves 6 gene-edited crops as it pursues food security, sustainable farming

Kenya approves 6 gene-edited crops as it pursues food security, sustainable farming

[A]t the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organisation (Karlo) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) biotechnologists are using gene ...
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