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Could Brexit mean CRISPR? EU departure presents the UK with a food policy overhaul opportunity

Brexit could present the UK with a unique opportunity to modernize its food regulations, but it should tread carefully in ...
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Heated legal battle in India over Monsanto’s Bt insect-resistant cotton ‘far from over’

On January 8, a two-judge Bench of the [Indian] Supreme Court set aside an order of a Division Bench of ...
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Canada says Monsanto weed killer Roundup unlikely to cause cancer—should consumers be relieved?

Health Canada has delivered some reassuring news for people worried about glyphosate [Monsanto's Roundup] in their food and the environment ...
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A prominent report claims we must eat less meat to stay healthy. A prominent agriculture expert responds the evidence is ‘weak’, more values than science

By now, I suspect many of you have seen the report by the EAT-Lancet Commission Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-glyphosate activists are ‘rich, organized, and powerful’—don’t underestimate them

The campaign against glyphosate started a few years ago. The fairly benign herbicide was so closely tied to Roundup Ready ...
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UK’s John Innes Centre seeks approval to test gene-edited wheat designed to combat anemia

Researchers at the John Innes Centre have applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for consent ...
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‘Landmark’ progress in 2018 expected to fuel more growth in Nigeria’s crop biotech sector

Building on landmark events from the past year, Nigeria’s biotechnology sector is expecting significant progress on two key food and ...
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4 states may outlaw ‘meat’ labels for lab-grown protein

Missouri has already made it a crime to label something like a veggie burger or tissue grown in a lab as “meat.” ...
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French regulator ANSES defends 2017 approval of Monsanto’s recently banned Roundup Pro 360 weedkiller

The National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES) “disputes any error of assessment” after the ban on the glyphosate-based ...
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Plagiarism allegation likely to spur activist challenges of EU approval of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup

An alliance of Greens alleges that a key study in the approval process may have been copied in part from ...
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India’s agriculture and biotech agencies announce plan to promote crop biotech research

[India's] Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has undertaken several activities and programs to promote biotechnology research and development [R&D] in the ...
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Heated legal battle over Monsanto’s controversial herbicide dicamba likely to continue in 2019

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against dicamba [the week of January 7], but left open ...
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French court bans Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup Pro 360 weedkiller, citing ‘potential health risks’

A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on [January 15] over safety concerns, placing an ...
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Viewpoint: As most of Africa ‘dilly-dallied,’ Sudan, South Africa boosted food production with biotech crops

Why are South Africa and Sudan ahead of every other country on the continent when it comes to biotech?....The nations ...
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Canola farmers push back against Canada’s attempt to ban neonicotinoids

Health Canada is following in the European Union’s footsteps as it moves to ban the use of neonic pesticides due ...
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Video: EU Parliament member calls for ‘pragmatic’ debate about crop gene editing in Europe

Dutch MEP Jan Huitema spoke before the Agriculture Committee of the EU Parliament on January 7. He called for a ...
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Monsanto’s patent victory in India may grant farmers access to latest GMO crops

Monsanto’s [recent] victory in a patent case in India regarding genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds has raised hopes among farmers ...
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Viewpoint: Food companies should reject Non-GMO Project’s ‘extortion racket’

Pay your protection money! Do the secret handshake and kiss the ring! Otherwise, you can expect to be on the ...
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Monsanto Roundup controversy: Glyphosate unlikely to pose cancer risk, Canada confirms

Health Canada’s primary objective in regulating pesticides is to protect Canadians’ health and the environment. That is why the Department ...
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New Zealand’s strict GMO laws force researcher to test new gene-edited apple in US

The red-fleshed apples developed by Plant and Food Research’s scientist Professor Andrew Allan and his team are so contentious they’re ...
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Americans and Russians share strikingly similar views on GMOs

When faced with something new, Russian lawmakers have generally found it easier to ban it than to debate it....A case ...
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Plaintiffs may struggle to prove Roundup causes cancer in upcoming glyphosate trials

Bayer’s Monsanto is facing thousands of lawsuits from plaintiffs claiming exposure to glyphosate gave them cancer. Last August, a jury ...
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Nigeria could lead Africa to innovative future in agriculture by approving GMO cowpea

Nigeria has commenced a historic process of leading other African nations on smart and innovative agriculture with the recent application ...
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We must end ‘over-regulation’ of crop gene editing to halt global food insecurity, says prominent Canadian agricultural scientist

[W]hen it comes to food and agriculture, the future may be predictable, but it isn’t humorous. The current situation is ...
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With the ‘bee crisis’ fading and European farmers fearing an insect invasion, EU’s neonicotinoid ban fiasco stumbles into the New Year

The future of a controversial agricultural pesticide remains in limbo, thanks to scientific uncertainty and political malfeasance ...
Could blockchain-based product labels help build consumer trust in our food system?

Could blockchain-based product labels help build consumer trust in our food system?

The labeling of our food is a notoriously murky business. A healthy 82% of Americans say they’ve felt tricked by nutrition labels ...
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China’s decision to import next generation US-grown GMO herbicide-resistant crops will help American farmers struggling to fight hardy weeds

China’s approval of new genetically engineered crops will open a new front in U.S. farmers’ long-running war against hard-to-kill weeds ...