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European Commission seeks 5 to 7 year renewal of glyphosate herbicide—down from 10

European Commission seeks 5 to 7 year renewal of glyphosate herbicide—down from 10

The European Commission will seek to extend the license of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide — for between five ...
Bangladesh to provide incentives for farmers to grow more GMO Bt eggplant

Bangladesh to provide incentives for farmers to grow more GMO Bt eggplant

The government plans to incentivise farmers to produce more genetically modified (GM) brinjal [eggplant].... [Eggplant, also known as brinjal and ...
Talking Biotech: Uganda farmer-scientist on benefits of GMO disease resistant bananas

Talking Biotech: Uganda farmer-scientist on benefits of GMO disease resistant bananas

Kevin Folta in Uganda interviews scientists and farmers about bananas resistant to crop disease and the likelihood of commercialization ...
Activist case that glyphosate herbicide causes cancer mired in scandal

Activist case that glyphosate herbicide causes cancer mired in scandal

A perfectly useful herbicide could be banned in Europe thanks to a tangled network of lobbyists, lawyers and activists. … ...
Food industry aims to win public trust of CRISPR gene-edited crops and animals

Food industry aims to win public trust of CRISPR gene-edited crops and animals

There’s a genetic technology that scientists are eager to apply to food, touting its possibilities for things like mushrooms that ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 23, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 23, 2017

Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists | Andrew Porterfield When does life begin? Here ...
When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

The US Department of Health and Human Services has taken the official position that life begins at conception. Here's a ...
Bipartisan group of 79 congressmen urge EPA, FDA to streamline agricultural biotech regulations

Bipartisan group of 79 congressmen urge EPA, FDA to streamline agricultural biotech regulations

In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States ...
Why ChemChina's Syngenta takeover doesn't mean China will quickly embrace GMO crops

Why ChemChina’s Syngenta takeover doesn’t mean China will quickly embrace GMO crops

The head of one of China’s biggest chemicals companies has played down expectations the country will become more open to ...
Monsanto, DowDuPont execs discuss transformative impact of gene-editing and data science on farming

Monsanto, DowDuPont execs discuss transformative impact of gene-editing and data science on farming

To find out more about the potential of [new gene-editing and data science technologies], The Wall Street Journal’s Dennis Berman ...
One-fourth of cow genome descendant from snakes and lizards, study shows

One-fourth of cow genome descendant from snakes and lizards, study shows

There are genes known as retrotransposons that can copy themselves and paste the duplicates in other parts of our DNA, ...
Nigeria to commercialize GMO cowpeas and cotton by 2018

Nigeria to commercialize GMO cowpeas and cotton by 2018

The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has commenced sensitisation of Nigerian seed companies in preparation for the commercialisation of Genetically ...
Will EPA's new restrictions on dicamba herbicide quell drift problems?

Will EPA’s new restrictions on dicamba herbicide quell drift problems?

On the back of drift complaints, the filing of class-action lawsuits and, most recently, new EPA requirements for dicamba-tolerant crops, Monsanto continues to ...
Rothamsted Research calls for more GMO trials or global food security will suffer

Rothamsted Research calls for more GMO trials or global food security will suffer

Genetic modification of plants will be essential to avert future food shortages, conclude a group of agricultural scientists who have ...
African scientists push governments to embrace GMOs to address fall armyworm crop losses

African scientists push governments to embrace GMOs to address fall armyworm crop losses

Over 17 million people in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda have reached emergency food insecurity ...
Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Aflatoxins are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses annually. Farmers have struggled to control the troublesome ...
Reinstatement of pesticide glyphosate use in Bermuda stirs protestors' concerns

Reinstatement of pesticide glyphosate use in Bermuda stirs protestors’ concerns

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works [on the island of Bermuda] announced that his ministry would be granted ...
Video: Malaysian scientist's TED talk on how to elevate public understanding of science and genetics

Video: Malaysian scientist’s TED talk on how to elevate public understanding of science and genetics

Fear-mongering ‘facts’—like tomatoes engineered with spider genes or cars exploding from full gas tanks on hot summer days— show how ...
Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Christopher Portier, special adviser to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is bringing down the reputation ...
Utilization of GMO crops could double Bolivia’s corn yields

Utilization of GMO crops could double Bolivia’s corn yields

Bolivia has been harvesting genetically modified (GM) soybeans since 2008, and its production exceeds one million hectares per year since 2012 ...
Livestock feedlots more sustainable than organic cattle grazing, research shows

Livestock feedlots more sustainable than organic cattle grazing, research shows

[Editor’s note: Dan Blaustein-Rejto is a food and agriculture analyst at the Breakthrough Institute.] A new report provides further evidence ...
Researchers map genome of famously strong-smelling durian fruit

Researchers map genome of famously strong-smelling durian fruit

[A team of five researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) ] used state-of-the-art sequencing platforms to map the ...
Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Congress is considering tripling the budget for the USDA's organics program. Should we be asking for more answers from regulators ...
GMO debate intensifies as Ghana prepares for first crop release in 2018

GMO debate intensifies as Ghana prepares for first crop release in 2018

The debate over whether biotechnology applications are safe in food production has intensified in Ghana as the country prepares for ...
Monsanto, other seed developers invest in gene editing in hopes of sidestepping GMO fears

Monsanto, other seed developers invest in gene editing in hopes of sidestepping GMO fears

Seed developers including Monsanto Co. and DowDuPont Inc. have invested in gene-editing technology, which enables scientists to make precise changes ...
Viewpoint: Many fears around 'processed foods' not based on science

Viewpoint: Many fears around ‘processed foods’ not based on science

[Most] of us don’t have a clear understanding of what “processed food” means. Many foods we like to think of ...
Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate reauthorization should depend on science, not precaution

Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate reauthorization should depend on science, not precaution

[Editor’s note: Pieter Cleppe is the head of the Brussels office of Open Europe, a non-partisan and independent policy think ...
10 truths about GMOs, organics and modern farming

10 truths about GMOs, organics and modern farming

As the debate over GMOs has gone viral, city-dwellers often position themselves as experts on farming. But there's often a ...