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USDA revised regulations of GMO and gene edited plants. Here’s what it means.

The long-awaited updates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to its genetically engineered (GE) organism regulation have been ...
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Farmers in Paraguay see major yield increases with GMO corn, despite degraded soil

10 years ago, a group of 14 peasant farmers in the San Juan Nepomuceno region of Caazapá took the challenge ...
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Certified organic? ‘Lax’ USDA regulations encourage fraud in profitable organic food sector

An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular ...
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Bayer, UK farmers appeal EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, citing lack of scientific evidence

Lawyers acting on behalf of the [National Farmers Union] are in court battling to overturn a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, ...
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Farmers scramble to find herbicide alternatives after court overturns EPA dicamba weedkiller approval

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision [June 3] vacating the registrations of three dicamba ...
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Human poop as crop fertilizer? Recycled waste may boost yields, cut groundwater contamination

Researchers from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of ...
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Gene editing makes farming more sustainable—and it can do the same for forestry

A company founded by two NC State researchers is setting out to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from ...
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Appeals court overturns EPA approval of drift-prone weedkiller dicamba, citing ‘substantially understated’ risks

In a stunning rebuke of the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal court on [June 3] overturned the agency’s approval of ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Eat local’ builds community spirit, but it won’t stop climate change

Dissatisfied with the United States’ wasteful and planet-degrading food system, San Franciscan food activists Jessica Prentice and Sage Van Wing ...
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Zambia poised to release two drought-tolerant, disease-resistant cowpea varieties

Zambia will soon welcome two new varieties of drought tolerant cowpeas that can produce up to 10 percent more yield ...
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‘Make technology available’: Farmers in India set to plant illegal GMO seeds for second year in a row

Farmers in Maharashtra are gearing up to sow non-approved Genetically Modified (GM) seeds of crops like cotton, maize, soyabean, and ...
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Has coronavirus killed consumer interest in food fads and junk science?

A recent survey by Proof Strategies found that Canadians’ trust in doctors and scientists has increased by over 10 per ...
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New gene-editing technique eliminates GMO ‘delivery vehicle’ for CRISPR crops

Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain ...
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Nestlé ‘Incredible’ plant-based burger violates Impossible Foods’ patent, EU court rules

Nestlé SA must stop branding its plant-based burger “Incredible” after a European court ruled the language infringed on Impossible Foods ...
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After illegal seed planting in 2019, Indian farmers again demand access to GMO herbicide-tolerant cotton

Cotton growers in Maharashtra are once again demanding permission to sow seeds of herbicide tolerant (Ht) genetically modified (GM) cotton ...
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Analysis: Is COVID-19 a blessing or a curse to Africa?

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has left no corner of the world untouched. Since the first case of the disease was ...
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This journalist once ‘detested’ GMOs. Here’s what changed her mind

I can actually relate to people being averse to agricultural biotechnology on the premise that it is not natural and ...
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First glyphosate-cancer trial appeal could give Bayer ‘significant leverage’ in settlement talks with over 50,000 plaintiffs

A California appeals court on [June 2] will hear oral arguments in agrochemical giant Monsanto’s bid to toss a $78.5 ...
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Dessert on demand: Pressurized carbon dioxide turns flavored liquid into ‘instant ice cream’

One moment, you have a bowl of creamy chocolate liquid. Then, in an instant, it’s ice cream. Forget hocus-pocus: This ...
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Omega-3 GMO canola oil, poised to reduce overfishing, ready for sale into global aquaculture market

THE first commercial quantities of omega-3 oils grown from canola in the US by Nuseed are ready to sell into ...
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‘Cognitive technologies’: Automated supply chains could alleviate pandemic-fueled food shortages

As the coronavirus crisis takes a massive toll on global markets, officials are increasingly raising alarms about the food supply ...
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Plant-based bottles could help slash 300 million tons of plastic pollution

Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into ...
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Africa needs pest-resistant crops and other biology-based solutions to crack down on fall armyworm

Most Malawians, 80 per cent of the population, are subsistence farmers, depending on agriculture for survival. After harvesting, many farmers ...
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Biotech rice cuts pesticide and energy use compared to non-GMO counterpart, study finds

The release of environmental emissions, which partly emanates from the application of chemical inputs, is a major global concern. Planting ...
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GMO high oleic acid soy doesn’t raise health or environmental concerns, EU Food Safety Authority finds

Following the submission .... from Monsanto Company (hereafter referred to as ‘the applicant’), the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of ...
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With neonicotinoid insecticides banned, wasps might help UK canola growers combat cabbage stem flea beetle

Researchers have determined that the Microctonus brassicae wasp species, and genetically similar parasitic wasps, could be used in controlled conditions ...
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USDA just updated its 30-year-old biotech crop rules: Here’s what you should know

Continuing its efforts to update and modernize its regulations applicable to certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms, the U.S. Department of ...
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Iowa farmer: I was duped by misleading ‘organic’ food labels. Learn from my mistakes

Years ago, I watched a “documentary” about the American food supply. While I’m not going to tell you the U.S ...