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Australia: New joint initiative to promote biotech and GM in agriculture

A new industry group, the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) has been formed to promote and encourage debate on ...

‘Semi-dwarf’ trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crops

The same "green revolution" concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world ...
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Does the Seralini corn study fiasco mark a turning point in the debate over GM food?

Are anti-biotech campaigners the leftwing version of climate change deniers? The science media are finally confronting the distortions perpetrated by ...

Napiergrass: A potential biofuel crop?

A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet ...
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Turning point from the botched French maize study: GM opponents look like climate deniers

The highly controversial study by French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini, who as we noted in last week’s update has a long ...
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Europe’s GM food fears reignited over controversial GM study

A recent French study claiming rats fed genetically modified corn suffered tumours has reignited Europe’s fears over GM food. Despite ...
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Poll finds California’s Prop. 37 is likely to pass

By more than a 2-to-1 margin, California voters favor an initiative to require food manufacturers and retailers to label fresh ...

Labelling law for GMOs in Thailand produce

In the U.S. over eighty per cent of the soybeans, corn, and canola grown in the U.S. are Genetically Modified ...

Genomics create opportunities for dairy farmers

The advent of genomics has certainly played a heavy role in today’s popular genetics. Screening for elite males and females ...

Storm over GM maize study worsens

THOSE who hoped the study would go away will be disappointed. Claims that eating genetically modified maize gives rats tumours ...

Scientists uncover mechanism by which plants inherit epigenetic modifications

During embryonic development in humans and other mammals, sperm and egg cells are essentially wiped clean of chemical modifications to ...

New GM African cassava resists devastating viruses

Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new African cassava preferred by consumers and farmers that is resistant to ...

Scientists smell a rat in fraudulent genetic engineering study

Last week French microbiologist Gilles-Eric Séralini and several colleagues released the results of a long-term study in which rats were ...

UK: Modern genetics applied to 19th century potatoes

Researchers led by Professor Bruce Fitt, now at the University of Hertfordshire, have used modern DNA techniques on late nineteenth-century ...
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Are GM foods safe? Opponents are skeptical

Are the emotionally charged, politicized discourse on GMOs mired in the kind of fever swamps that have polluted climate science ...

Report says ‘biotech crops help farm income rise $78 b’

A new research, conducted by the UK-based PG Economics Limited, has claimed that the use of biotech crops had resulted ...
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Flawed GM corn study fallout: Russia suspends import of Monsanto corn

In what can only be described as a hysteria-driven reaction, the Russian government has "temporarily" suspended the import of a ...

New Zealand may reverse its stance on GMOs

The debate of whether New Zealand should grow genetically modified crops could be shifting away from the anti-GM stance the ...

GMOs and junk science: Pro-GM supporter questions latest study condemning GMOs

In some ways it’s remarkable that Rachel Carson is still controversial, as we’ve been reminded by this month’s 50th anniversary ...

American Medical Association reiterates support for GM technology

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement reiterating its position on genetically modified crops. It continues to recognize the ...

Genetically engineered rice: Protection from arsenic?

In an article this week, Consumer Reports is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for how ...
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Scientists question new rat study, GMO debate rages on

The headlines on the press releases that started showing up yesterday, here at The Salt certainly got our attention. Just ...

GM crops may not resolve food crisis, scientists say

Genetically modified (GM) crops have so far been promoted as the 'breakthrough' technology that will help resolve food insecurity in ...

Transgenic tomato withstands bacterial spot, yields more fruit

When a gene from bell and hot peppers is inserted into tomatoes, it not only imparts resistance to bacterial spot—a ...

Whole Foods endorses genetically modified food labeling measure

Whole Foods Market, the upscale seller of organic products and other "natural" foods, has endorsed a California initiative that would ...

Does GM corn cause cancer? A flawed study fails to convince

Last week a scientific paper appeared that reported that eating genetically modified (GM) corn causes cancer in rats. Specifically, the ...

India: Parliamentary panel seeks stopping of trials of GM seeds

A Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, which examined in detail the prospects and effects of cultivating genetically modified food crops, sought ...

Noted European scientist defends embattled maize GM study

Scientists have hit back against the criticism levelled at the research linking the world’s best-selling weedkiller and a strain of ...