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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 ...
Brazil approves Bayer’s insect-resistant GM Bt corn, finding it poses no risk to humans, animals or the environment

Brazil approves Bayer’s insect-resistant GM Bt corn, finding it poses no risk to humans, animals or the environment

The National Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio), linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, approved a commercial ...
Gene-edited potato could allow farmers to use ‘less—or even no—insecticide’

Gene-edited potato could allow farmers to use ‘less—or even no—insecticide’

A PhD candidate at Michigan State University (MSU), Natalie [Kaiser] specializes in potatoes – in particular, looking at which genes ...
Viewpoint: Biotechnology gave us a COVID vaccine. Could that end the anti-GMO movement?

Viewpoint: Biotechnology gave us a COVID vaccine. Could that end the anti-GMO movement?

[T]he anti-GMO movement had been growing ever stronger over the years. But, if the reliably anti-GMO organization U.S. Right to ...
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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 ...
Lab-grown meat requires fewer farm inputs than livestock, but more energy. Is it really better for the planet?

Lab-grown meat requires fewer farm inputs than livestock, but more energy. Is it really better for the planet?

Cultured meat doesn't require grazing land or tons of feed. Instead it's grown in bioreactors like those already used to ...
Nigeria has approved GM insect-resistant Bt cotton and cowpea. Could drought-tolerant rice and disease-resistant cassava be next?

Nigeria has approved GM insect-resistant Bt cotton and cowpea. Could drought-tolerant rice and disease-resistant cassava be next?

Patience Koku knows better than most the damage that bollworms can cause to a textile industry. A former fashion entrepreneur, ...
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German Greens compromise on support for CRISPR crops, remain ‘the party of precaution’

The Greens are debating a new policy program .... Many conflicts were resolved in advance, but on the subject of ...
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Glyphosate: Deadly ‘poison,’ or biodiversity protection tool? Environmentalists split over controversial weedkiller

.... [A]way from lawsuits and petitions, there are concerns among some opponents of Australia’s invasive weeds that glyphosate – a ...
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German Greens’ anti-GMO consensus may ‘shatter’ as 160 scientists urge party to endorse crop gene editing

The carefully organized unity of the Greens [on genetic engineering] is breaking up. The party threatens to relapse into a ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s ‘lax’ gene-editing regulations could hurt consumer acceptance of CRISPR crops

Researchers at North Carolina State University call for a coalition of biotech industry, government and non-government organizations, trade organizations, and ...
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Ninth Circuit Court refuses to reexamine lawsuit alleging Enlist Duo herbicide approval violated federal law

Enlist Duo’s registration has survived another legal challenge, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to ...
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UK extends license for glyphosate 5 years, will put in place post-Brexit review process

Speaking at the virtual British Crop Production Council (BCPC) 2020 congress, Darren Flynn, head of active substances delivery for the ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no such thing as a ‘toxic’ chemical (it’s all based on dose and exposure)—and 4 other common food marketing myths busted

[H]ere are five common “healthy halo” buzzwords to look out for. … 1) Clean Everything from “clean ingredients” to “clean ...
Global crop yields projected to drop as temperatures rise, new study finds

Global crop yields projected to drop as temperatures rise, new study finds

The warmer temperatures associated with climate change are projected to significantly reduce yields of the world’s staple food crops, a ...
CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

For more than two decades, I have been working to improve several staple food crops in Africa, including bananas, plantains, ...
Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

A recent prospective study finds an inverse association between eating organic and the risk of type 2 diabetes. But the ...
Beyond Meat launches plant-based pork in bid to outcompete Impossible Foods in China

Beyond Meat launches plant-based pork in bid to outcompete Impossible Foods in China

The California-based company unveiled its latest product on [Nov 18]: meatless minced "pork." The new product is intended to mimic ...
Ghana recognizes crop biotech as ‘vital tool’ in food security battle

Ghana recognizes crop biotech as ‘vital tool’ in food security battle

Ghana continues to be open for import of GM crops, with no restrictions to feed and feed products from other regions ...
Viewpoint: The failure of corn-powered cars – How America’s ethanol subsidies boosted food prices and carbon emissions

Viewpoint: The failure of corn-powered cars – How America’s ethanol subsidies boosted food prices and carbon emissions

E-15 is only available at about 2 to 3% of gas stations in the United States, so for those unaware, it means ...
EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

After being mandated by the European Commission, [European Food Safety Authority's] experts on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) published the scientific ...
Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Cry78Ba1 is Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bacillales: Bacillaceae) (Bt) protein found with high insecticidal activity against the piercing–sucking insect Laodelphax striatellus Fallén (Homoptera: ...
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Viewpoint: Farming one of the ‘most inefficient industries.’ The CRISPR revolution could change that

Agriculture is one of the most inefficient industries on the planet. Current industrial farming methods demand unsustainable amounts of water, ...
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Consumers remain wary of GM foods, potentially slowing global adoption of biotech crops

Despite nearly three decades in the marketplace and near-universal scientific consensus on their safety, a new international survey finds that ...
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Beyond Meat announces 2021 launch of leaner plant-based burgers to satisfy ‘health-conscious consumers’

As demand for plant-based products surge, Beyond Meat is making sure it keeps its health-conscious consumers coming back. The company ...
Golden Rice could illegally make its way to India as country struggles to stay 'GMO free'

Golden Rice could illegally make its way to India as country struggles to stay ‘GMO free’

India has traditionally been a ‘no-GMO’ country, a status recently reinforced when the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ...
EU defends pro-organic Farm-to-Fork plan against USDA criticism that it will boost global food prices

EU defends pro-organic Farm-to-Fork plan against USDA criticism that it will boost global food prices

The EU Farm to Fork Strategy potentially sets up a long-term battle between the U.S. and Europe over farm practices, ...
Australia green lights Bayer’s herbicide-tolerant GM cotton, finding no risk to human health or the environment

Australia green lights Bayer’s herbicide-tolerant GM cotton, finding no risk to human health or the environment

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a license in response to application DIR 173 from Monsanto ...