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EPA requests public comment on activist proposal to cut glyphosate tolerance in oats

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public feedback on a petition by a national environmental research and advocacy ...
Video: John Innes Centre battles nutrient deficiency with iron-fortified biotech wheat

Video: John Innes Centre battles nutrient deficiency with iron-fortified biotech wheat

Iron is an important micro-nutrient, boosting haemoglobin levels in the blood. Many populations and particularly women and children are currently ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s ‘de facto’ GMO crop ban, mandatory labeling scheme ‘hinder innovation’

An excellent new paper from a trio of Danish researchers, two of whom are based out of the University of Copenhagen, argues that the European ...
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Steep prices push lab-grown meat makers to pitch products as ‘humane luxuries’

[M]akers of cultured meat, such as Memphis Meats, New Age Meats and Aleph Farms, face several barriers to bringing their ...
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Will weed-killing robots replace controversial herbicides on the farm?

Weeds are the bane of a farmer’s existence—the “most important of all crop pests,” as one scientist put it. They ...
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Indian farmers grow illegal insect-resistant Bt eggplant to control destructive pests, as government lags on approval

Farmers in Haryana and experts fear widespread contamination of genetically modified (GM) brinjal or eggplant in the state with a ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Political populism’ dictates Europe’s bureaucratic anti-GMO crop rules

As individuals, we’re able to decide whether a single action is acceptable to us, or deemed to be too risky ...
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Alabama bill would require lab-grown protein to carry label declaring it’s not ‘real meat’

Would you eat a hamburger if it was created in a lab as opposed to being real meat from a ...
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Kenya reconsidering GMO crop ban to support food security

Kenya is reconsidering its 2012 import ban on genetically modified maize as more than 1 million of its citizens require urgent humanitarian ...
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‘Exotic’ genes from obsolete cotton varieties could boost crop yields without sacrificing fiber quality

Cotton breeders face a "Catch-22." Yield from cotton crops is inversely related to fiber quality. In general, as yield improves, ...
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Podcast: ‘Are we all going to die?’ Entomologist breaks down the ‘bee-pocalypse’ that ‘threatens the global food supply’

Bees are important crop pollinators and reduced bee numbers have been described by farmers overseas as a bee crisis. Global ...
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FDA hires staff to streamline biotech animal evaluation amid calls for USDA regulation take over

The FDA has expanded its capacity to handle scientific and risk-based evaluation of biotech animals, the agency’s acting commissioner said ...
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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing unlikely to cause off-target mutations in plants, study shows

CRISPR-Cas9 enabled genome engineering has great potential for improving agriculture productivity, but the possibility of unintended off-target edits has evoked ...
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USDA endorses G-20 commitment to science-based policy, sustainable farming technology

USDA officials signed on to a G-20 statement backing the development of climate-smart technology and promoting science-based decision-making. Top USDA ...
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IBM, Yara International announce digital platform to optimize crop production for individual farms

Yara International, a leader in crop nutrition, and IBM announced [April 26] an agreement to build the world’s leading digital ...
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Omega-3 oil from GMO plants equivalent to fish oil, human clinical study shows

Research .... has shown that key omega-3 fatty acids within GM plant oils are taken up and processed by the ...
Students in Ghana rally support for GMO crops

Students in Ghana rally support for GMO crops

Some student associations in Ghana have waded into the ongoing debate over whether the country should commercialize genetically modified organisms ...
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Senate budget chief Mike Enzi presses FDA, USDA to release details of lab-grown meat regulation

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., sent a letter asking how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides threaten birds? Friends of the Earth botches the science, entomologist says

Usually the Friends of the Earth emails are about some environmental cause that makes me chuckle. They’re always on the ...
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Viewpoint: Why grow GMO crops? Because they cut pesticide use 37%

The development and utilization of GMOs is not well understood by most consumers, causing them to be susceptible to misleading ...
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Genetically modified Arctic Fuji apple headed for grocery stores following FDA approval

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., developer of genetically modified non-browning apples, on April 26 received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval ...
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EPA reaffirms glyphosate weed killer safe, calls IARC cancer designation an ‘outlier’ inconsistent with multiple assessments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on [April 30] reaffirmed its finding that glyphosate, the world's most popular herbicide, is not ...
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‘Excessive’ regulations fuel unjustified consumer fear of CRISPR-edited crops, biologists warn

A Washington Post article, “The Future of Food,” discussed the methods we use to breed food crops but suffered from ...
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Washington Post: CRISPR-edited crops require careful oversight and regulations to calm consumer food safety concerns

Thanks to a cutting-edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes “on” and “off” almost as easily ...
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Canadian farmers anticipate access to new GMO crops as US-China trade deal nears completion

Canadian farmers may benefit from the trade dispute between the United States and China to the tune of hundreds of ...
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Danish Council of Ethics urges EU to revamp GMO rules—’very new stance’​ for Denmark

The Danish Council of Ethics recommends that legislation regarding the approval of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be changed to help ...
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From prosthetic limbs to lab-grown meat, technology can drastically improve animal welfare

While it's easy to think about all the ways technology has benefited humans, major technological advances have improved the lives ...
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Soil erosion accelerates climate change, impacting 3.2 billion people, UN report claims

There's three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon's being released by deforestation ...