Nigeria validates gene-editing guidelines to ensure safe development of CRISPR crops

Nigeria validates gene-editing guidelines to ensure safe development of CRISPR crops

The [Nigerian] National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on [December 9], formally validated its National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing. The ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Green neo-colonialism’— Utopian visions of organic farming promote starvation in Africa

Across Africa, farmers and governments are struggling to feed growing populations. Ongoing and deadly locusts and Fall Armyworm infestations, cancer-causing ...
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French Constitutional Council temporarily rescinds neonic pesticide ban, ‘much to the chagrin of environmentalists’

The Constitutional Council on [Dec 10] gave the green light to the law re-authorizing for three years the use of ...
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‘We can’t rule out new solutions’: German Greens poised to reconsider skepticism of crop biotechnology?

[T]he world is looking to research laboratories like Mainz, Cambridge and other cities, where vaccines are being developed these days ...
Viewpoint: Europe's globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

Viewpoint: Europe’s globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

“Make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.” That's the lofty goal of the European Union's (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy, ...
Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Current genome-editing technologies are more efficient than ever before, making it possible to modify genes as if editing sentences on ...
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‘We have to be profitable’: French winegrowers protest costly glyphosate weedkiller restrictions

Three hundred winegrowers gathered in Narbonne [on Dec. 8] at the call of the winegrowers’ union and the FDSEA. They ...
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France will pay farmers to give up popular glyphosate weedkiller after proposed ban fails

France will give financial aid to farmers who agree to halt use of glyphosate, the farm ministry said on [Dec ...
With sugar output down nearly 25%, UK beet farmers pressure government to lift ban on neonic pesticides

With sugar output down nearly 25%, UK beet farmers pressure government to lift ban on neonic pesticides

Sugar beet processor British Sugar said that just over two months into the beet harvesting campaign, white sugar production is ...
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Sustainability gap on Farm to Fork: What are the global consequences of Europe’s embrace of ‘green political correctness’

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart ...
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EPA pitches new rules to limit risks linked to chlopyrifos insecticide exposure

EPA announced a proposal on [Dec. 4] to improve the safety of using the insecticide chlorpyrifos. The proposal follows a ...
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Are Sudanese Arabs?

Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July ...
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EU Court of Justice tosses Brussels lawsuit seeking to ban glyphosate weedkiller

Europe’s highest court on [Dec. 3] tossed out a challenge from Brussels to the European Commission decision that lets Europeans ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to develop new crops that benefit farmers and consumers

Latin American researchers use gene editing to develop new crops that benefit farmers and consumers

Latin American farmers are partnering with scientists to create new crop varieties using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR-CAS 9 in ...
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‘What are we afraid of?’ Swiss farm officials frustrated by government’s proposed GMO ban extension

Making agricultural production more sustainable is a matter of survival for the global population, with an estimated nine billion mouths ...
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Sweeping glyphosate-cancer settlement could leave many plaintiffs with just ‘a few thousand dollars’

Monsanto owner Bayer AG is making progress toward a sweeping settlement of thousands of U.S. lawsuits brought by people alleging ...
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Philippines’ progress on biotech crop and animal approvals slowed by COVID pandemic

The Philippines is a biotechnology leader in Southeast Asia, highlighted by its co-sponsorship of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications ...
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Africa’s biotech acceptance grows as 3 more countries begin cultivating GM crops

Africa leads the progress among the regions of the world in adopting biotech crops by doubling the number of adopting ...
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Podcast: COVID killed anti-GMO activism? Environmentalists split over glyphosate; Predatory journal Pokémon hoax

Could the COVID-19 pandemic end anti-GMO activism as we know it? Environmentalists are split over the controversial weedkiller glyphosate; some ...
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Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

In the midst of a ferocious debate over the future of biotechnology in Latin America, the Peruvian Congress recently extended ...
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Non-farming glyphosate weedkiller uses likely harm endangered species, EPA finds

More than 90% of endangered species are “likely to be adversely affected” by use of glyphosate, but mostly through non-agricultural uses, ...
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UK doesn’t want to ‘slavishly follow’ Europe’s pesticide, gene-edited crop rules, secretary of state says

Rural industries such as sheep farming are seeking answers as to what Brexit will mean for them. The implications of ...
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Europe’s current GM crop rules only ‘partially applicable’ to CRISPR plants, EU Food Safety Authority finds

The European Commission requested the EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to assess whether section 4 (hazard identification) and ...
Podcast: Lockdown skeptics are COVID 'deniers'? Plant burgers don't cause 'man boobs.' GMOs and terrorism

Podcast: Lockdown skeptics are COVID ‘deniers’? Plant burgers don’t cause ‘man boobs.’ GMOs and terrorism

If you oppose lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID, are you a science denier, a covidiot? Potentially dangerous genetically ...
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Viewpoint: AquaBounty’s GM salmon slated for 2021 debut, but animal biotech still stymied by byzantine regulation

After 30 years, AquaBounty's genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage salmon may be just months away from hitting US grocery stores, making ...
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GM Golden Rice commercialization in Philippines ‘far from reality,’ may be delayed until 2023

At a virtual news briefing on [Nov. 23], PhilRice Healthier Rice Project Leader Dr. Renante L. Ordonio said everyone has ...
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