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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 ...
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Viewpoint: AquaBounty’s GM salmon slated for 2021 debut, but animal biotech still stymied by byzantine regulation

After 30 years, AquaBounty's genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage salmon may be just months away from hitting US grocery stores, making ...
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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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Push to reform EU biotech crop rules gains strength as some environmentalists, public officials endorse gene editing

After two decades as "the center" of GMO skepticism, it seems the EU may be ready to acknowledge the benefits ...
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Viewpoint: Italy’s GMO restrictions cripple efforts to expand sustainable farming

GMO and GE technologies are complementary and indispensable for the release of new plants able to solve new emergencies that ...
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, ...
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 ...
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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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Philippines' major eggplant-producing provinces back insect-resistant Bt GM brinjal approval

Philippines’ major eggplant-producing provinces back insect-resistant Bt GM brinjal approval

Eggplants are susceptible to the eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB), a pest that causes around 70-80% yield loss annually ...
Kenya distributes 16.3 metric tons of GM BT insect-resistant cotton seed to farmers, despite ‘deliberate campaign’ against biotech crops

Kenya distributes 16.3 metric tons of GM BT insect-resistant cotton seed to farmers, despite ‘deliberate campaign’ against biotech crops

The Kenyan government has given 16.3 metric tonnes of genetically modified cotton seeds to farmers in the eastern region. The ...
Can GM corn eliminate insecticide use? For some farmers, the answer is yes, study shows

Can GM corn eliminate insecticide use? For some farmers, the answer is yes, study shows

Maize production is one of the most important activities for the Honduran economy, both in terms of area cultivated and ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO groups exploit COVID to block access to biotech crops

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on our lives in so many ways, including diminished social contact, disrupted ...
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Nigerian farmers excited about growing country’s first GM crop, insect-resistant cowpea

Farmers in Tudun Wada in Kano State have expressed joy at the release of the new Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) ...
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Thailand advances legislation to repeal GM crop cultivation ban for second time in 5 years

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment anticipates that the Biodiversity Law, which includes biosafety regulations covering research, field trial, ...
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‘If you have no food, you have hunger’: Why one Nigerian biotech scientist breeds drought-tolerant and biofortified corn

Nigerian scientist Dr. Sylvester Oikeh has long used his research prowess to advance healthy crops for humanitarian purposes. His motivation ...
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It’s ‘ethically unacceptable’ to ban GMOs if it increases malnutrition, Colombian biotech scientist warns

[I]n Colombia several congressmen presented a draft legislative act to modify article 81 of the constitution to "prohibit entry into ...
How do you make a GMO? FDA’s step-by-step guide to genetically engineering a crop

How do you make a GMO? FDA’s step-by-step guide to genetically engineering a crop

Identify: To produce a GMO plant, scientists first identify what trait they want that plant to have, such as resistance ...
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GM corn coming to Kenya? Local researchers petition government to approve Bt insect-resistant maize

According to Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation (KARLO) Director General Dr Eliud Krieger, the research agency has sought approval ...
EU crop gene-editing rules block efforts to fight climate change, 50 science institutions argue

EU crop gene-editing rules block efforts to fight climate change, 50 science institutions argue

The new ALLEA report “Genome Editing for Crop Improvement” presents the state of the art of scientific evidence in the ...
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Gene-edited chrysanthemums illustrate how to prevent gene flow from GM plants to wild relatives

Researchers from Fukui Prefectural University and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Japan reported simultaneous TALEN-mediated knockout of chrysanthemum ...
Kenya advances GM maize to improve yields, reduce pesticide use

Kenya advances GM maize to improve yields, reduce pesticide use

Kenya has taken a major step toward increasing its food and animal feed production, while reducing pesticide use, by planting ...
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South Australia rejects 11 proposals to ban GM crops, citing ‘insufficient evidence’ for moratorium

The [South Australian] government passed legislation earlier this year to remove the moratorium on GM crops everywhere except Kangaroo Island ...
From disease-resistant bananas to biofortified potatoes, gene editing could make our food more plentiful and nutritious

From disease-resistant bananas to biofortified potatoes, gene editing could make our food more plentiful and nutritious

Molecular biologists at multiple CGIAR [Consortium of International Agricultural Research] centers shared information about gene editing work underway at the ...
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Gene-edited crops and animals: Best-kept secrets in the fight against climate change

Advances in gene editing over the past decade have given scientists new tools to tailor the biochemistry of nearly any ...