USDA bioengineered food labels are coming in 2021. Will they change consumer behavior?

USDA bioengineered food labels are coming in 2021. Will they change consumer behavior?

Four years after the thunder in Congress over labeling foods made with GMO ingredients, the deadline for compliance with the ...
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US grew 13 million pounds of genetically modified apples in 2020, but most fruit growers still resist growing biotech crops

[G]rape and nut growers appear to have sustained a particularly rough 2020. But that was probably due at least as ...
We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

First: Could we populate another planet with genetically modified organisms? Second: Should we? … Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology ...
Burger tax? Study says we should raise meat prices to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Burger tax? Study says we should raise meat prices to cut greenhouse gas emissions

As the planet continues to warm, researchers continue working to better understand the sources of greenhouse emissions. In this new effort, ...
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USDA: ‘Fear mongering’ keeps EU scared of growing GMOs, while it relies on US biotech grain imports

Commercial cultivation of GE crops in the EU is limited to one percent of the EU’s total corn area (102 ...
Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Water stress arising from drought conditions can trigger outbreaks of bark beetles, wood borers, and sap feeders like spider mites ...
GM trees that suck up more CO2 could help stem growing threat of climate change

GM trees that suck up more CO2 could help stem growing threat of climate change

In order to fight the growing threat of global climate change, scientists are now suggesting that we genetically modify trees ...
Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have featured heavily in this presidential campaign and are without question two of the ...
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Mexico’s GM corn ban could ‘imperil’ nation’s food chain, farm groups warn

Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated ...
GM, insect resistant Bt cotton and 11 billion sterile moths eliminated pink bollworm from the US and Mexico

GM, insect resistant Bt cotton and 11 billion sterile moths eliminated pink bollworm from the US and Mexico

Invasive organisms pose a global threat and are exceptionally difficult to eradicate after they become abundant in their new habitats ...
‘Like finding missing puzzle pieces’: Sequenced genome of 15 wheat varieties could speed search for heartier crops

‘Like finding missing puzzle pieces’: Sequenced genome of 15 wheat varieties could speed search for heartier crops

[Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have] sequenced the genomes for 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programmes around the world ...
Viewpoint: ‘Celebrate pesticides!’ Why farmers should defend technology that produces our abundant food supply

Viewpoint: ‘Celebrate pesticides!’ Why farmers should defend technology that produces our abundant food supply

Social media is really one of the best ways to reach people nowadays. As much as we might hate to ...
‘Proportionate risk’: Outgoing Secretary Perdue proposes USDA streamlining, takeover of animal biotechnology regulations

‘Proportionate risk’: Outgoing Secretary Perdue proposes USDA streamlining, takeover of animal biotechnology regulations

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic ...
‘Circular economy’: Turning waste into reusable products makes food and energy production more sustainable

‘Circular economy’: Turning waste into reusable products makes food and energy production more sustainable

We need to find a way to reduce waste, and the answer could be moving to a circular economy, which ...
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European Commission may greenlight GM crop imports rejected by EU Parliament

The EU Parliament has again spoken out against the approval of a number of genetically modified plant species. MEPs in ...
Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America's biggest soy shortage in years

Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America’s biggest soy shortage in years

[Calyxt Inc has] agreed to sell all the gene-edited soybean grains it produced in 2020 to agricultural merchant Archer Daniels ...
Why grow GMOs? A farmer explains 4 environmental benefits of crop biotechnology

Why grow GMOs? A farmer explains 4 environmental benefits of crop biotechnology

Unfortunately, biotechnology has taken quite a beating in public perception. We’ve seen activists’ smear campaigns disseminating misinformation. The most ridiculous ...
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New crop-destroying locust swarms threaten east Africa, where 35 million people already face food shortages

A new generation of locust swarms is threatening to wipe out the livelihoods of farmers and herders across eastern Africa ...
Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

[Many everyday products] are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's ...
GM, insect-resistant, Bt maize offers Kenyan farmers chance to boost yields while cutting pesticide use, local soil scientist says

GM, insect-resistant, Bt maize offers Kenyan farmers chance to boost yields while cutting pesticide use, local soil scientist says

Wilhelm Mukhongo is a soil expert and works with the county government of Busia, [Kenya, in] the department of agriculture, ...
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Tweaking two genes in cotton doubles crop yields—and may do the same in wheat, rice and corn

One group of Texas Tech University researchers has found a way to double fiber yield for cotton in semi-arid areas like that ...
GM banana could help Uganda's farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first

GM banana could help Uganda’s farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first

My attention has been drawn to an article I recently read in the digital Genetic Literacy Project newsletter authored by ...
Viewpoint: Are GMOs safe? Yes, for people and the planet

Viewpoint: Are GMOs safe? Yes, for people and the planet

[W]hen we hear or read “GMO” or “bioengineered food,” do we ever think of the terms “safety,” “regulation” or “sustainability”? ...
Engineered crops with shorter life cycles could thrive in salty soils caused by climate change

Engineered crops with shorter life cycles could thrive in salty soils caused by climate change

Together with the prolonged use of fertilizers in intensive agriculture, the increased evaporation of water from the soil caused by ...
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Video: Some eggplants naturally repel insects. New software can monitor which ones, helping to cut pesticide use

The eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB), Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee, is the most destructive insect pest of eggplant. The larva feeds on ...
Mexico could completely ban glyphosate weedkiller and GM corn by 2024

Mexico could completely ban glyphosate weedkiller and GM corn by 2024

The [Mexican] National Commission for Regulatory Improvement published a new draft Presidential decree on Wednesday, [December 9], which orders the ...
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FDA approves first-ever GM animal for use in food and human medicine: GalSafe pigs

[Dec 14], the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic ...
Decoded locust genome could help develop ‘intelligent pesticides’ that only kill crop-ravaging insects

Decoded locust genome could help develop ‘intelligent pesticides’ that only kill crop-ravaging insects

The complete set of genetic information for the desert locust could have major international implications for countries in regions such ...
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