GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

A South African scientist says it’s about time African governments prioritized the interests of farmers and allow them to use ...
In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

Farmers’ union Shetkari Sanghatana has announced that it will provide farmers seeds of the unapproved herbicide tolerant (Ht) Bt cotton ...
Long wary of consumer backlash against GMO crops, China is quickly, but quietly, embracing agricultural biotechnology to meet rising food demands and decrease foreign influence

Long wary of consumer backlash against GMO crops, China is quickly, but quietly, embracing agricultural biotechnology to meet rising food demands and decrease foreign influence

China has long developed higher-yielding varieties of rice and corn through crossbreeding. Nowadays, genetically modified organisms have become increasingly prevalent ...
Viewpoint: It’s time to end the innovation-blocking, organic lobby-promoted, biotechnology-regulating Cartagena Protocol

Viewpoint: It’s time to end the innovation-blocking, organic lobby-promoted, biotechnology-regulating Cartagena Protocol

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) is an international agreement developed by governments and environmental organizations opposed to the commercialization ...
Podcast: Will gene editing's potential be realized in agriculture? GLP's Jon Entine and Innovation Forum's Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

Podcast: Will gene editing’s potential be realized in agriculture? GLP’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

The Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about why gene editing has yet to make ...
From smelly roadside nuisance to key biofuel crop? How gene editing could transform stinkweed into an essential canola alternative

From smelly roadside nuisance to key biofuel crop? How gene editing could transform stinkweed into an essential canola alternative

Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and ...
Podcast: EU food retailers don't want CRISPR crops; Glyphosate threatens insects? Gene editing may fight high cholesterol

Podcast: EU food retailers don’t want CRISPR crops; Glyphosate threatens insects? Gene editing may fight high cholesterol

European food retailers want food made from CRISPR-edited crops labeled "GMO," which could prevent EU farmers from utilizing gene editing ...
Academic study: Minimal safety concerns about off-target mutations should not be used to block gene editing and other sustainability-focused new breeding techniques

Academic study: Minimal safety concerns about off-target mutations should not be used to block gene editing and other sustainability-focused new breeding techniques

For thousands of years, humans have been improving crops to better suit their needs. These enhancements are driven by changes ...
Viewpoint: Getting approval for CRISPR gene edited crops in Europe is proving perilous. Here’s a guide for scientists and politicians

Viewpoint: Getting approval for CRISPR gene edited crops in Europe is proving perilous. Here’s a guide for scientists and politicians

Should genome-editing products be considered genetically modified organisms (GMOs) subject to the same regulations as products derived from transgenesis? There ...
Hemp is a ‘dream crop’ but challenging to work with. Here’s how Calyxt is mobilizing gene-editing technology to produce fiber with less water and pesticides than cotton

Hemp is a ‘dream crop’ but challenging to work with. Here’s how Calyxt is mobilizing gene-editing technology to produce fiber with less water and pesticides than cotton

Calyxt, a Minnesota-based plant technology firm, has transformed the hemp genome to provide a “proof of concept” that the crop ...
Video: Tired of tasteless tomatoes? A juicier, faster-growing genetically-engineered breed is on the horizon

Video: Tired of tasteless tomatoes? A juicier, faster-growing genetically-engineered breed is on the horizon

Scientists at the University of Oxford’s Department of Plant Sciences have discovered how the overall process of fruit ripening in ...
Banned in Uganda: While the Irish potato faces disease and climate change, politics stymie farmers eager to adopt still unapproved GM seeds

Banned in Uganda: While the Irish potato faces disease and climate change, politics stymie farmers eager to adopt still unapproved GM seeds

It's a five-hour drive into the western part of Uganda to Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI), where ...
Should food derived from CRISPR gene-edited seeds be labeled as GMO — all but ensuring they will not be adopted? Many EU food retailers say ‘yes’

Should food derived from CRISPR gene-edited seeds be labeled as GMO — all but ensuring they will not be adopted? Many EU food retailers say ‘yes’

Leading EU supermarkets such as Aldi, Rewe and Lidl say that all products stemming from new genetic engineering methods such ...
In Brexit unwind, England will break this month from restrictive EU gene-edited crop rules, clearing pathway for CRISPR produce and livestock

In Brexit unwind, England will break this month from restrictive EU gene-edited crop rules, clearing pathway for CRISPR produce and livestock

When Boris Johnson became prime minister of the United Kingdom in 2019, he pledged to “liberate the U.K.’s extraordinary bioscience ...
‘Less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land’? How next-generation soy and corn seeds optimized with CRISPR and AI can increase crop yields while lowering our carbon footprint

‘Less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land’? How next-generation soy and corn seeds optimized with CRISPR and AI can increase crop yields while lowering our carbon footprint

Inari wants to engineer crops that require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land. The company is focusing on soybeans and ...
Gates Foundation funds research to control cattle ticks through biotechnology

Gates Foundation funds research to control cattle ticks through biotechnology

Technology that has been used to control mosquitoes and fall armyworm will now be applied to solving the world’s cattle ...
Viewpoint: 2,000 Nigerian farmers are reaping benefits from genetically modified Bt cowpea. Other African countries could leverage similar biotechnology tools

Viewpoint: 2,000 Nigerian farmers are reaping benefits from genetically modified Bt cowpea. Other African countries could leverage similar biotechnology tools

A number of African countries have begun to take advantage of agricultural biotechnology to overcome crop production challenges. The last ...
Viewpoint: 'Killer petunias'? The shameful story of the USDA's 'unscientific, innovation-stifling' process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Viewpoint: ‘Killer petunias’? The shameful story of the USDA’s ‘unscientific, innovation-stifling’ process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Now that vivid orange, red, and purple genetically engineered petunias are approved for distribution to plant nurseries, it’s time for ...
Hardier rice crops without genetic modification? Tweaking its microbiome is one option

Hardier rice crops without genetic modification? Tweaking its microbiome is one option

Yes, plants have microbiomes, too, and those billions of tiny hitchhikers can help them grow and fight off invading pathogens ...
Viewpoint: ‘Bt corn is the way to go’ — Why Australia needs insect-resistant GE corn to fight invasive fall armyworm moth infestations

Viewpoint: ‘Bt corn is the way to go’ — Why Australia needs insect-resistant GE corn to fight invasive fall armyworm moth infestations

Fall armyworm (FAW) has infiltrated six [Australian] states and territories and is so hard to control farmers are whispering about ...
Viewpoint: Farm-to-Fork plan suggests Europe wants sustainable farming. So why do EU politicians ignore the 'green' benefits of GM crops?

Viewpoint: Farm-to-Fork plan suggests Europe wants sustainable farming. So why do EU politicians ignore the ‘green’ benefits of GM crops?

There is ongoing disagreement between the popularly elected European Parliament and the executives in the European Commission over approvals of ...
‘Last and only hope’: With global banana crop under siege from fungal disease, CRISPR may be only remaining solution

‘Last and only hope’: With global banana crop under siege from fungal disease, CRISPR may be only remaining solution

The banana as we know it is in trouble. Emerging reports suggest the fruit’s deadliest disease has been spotted in ...
Kenya looks to gene editing to grow its key food crops

Kenya looks to gene editing to grow its key food crops

Kenya’s agriculture is set to benefit from several gene-editing projects that target some of the country’s key food crops and ...
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Citrus disease threatens $17 billion in annual sales of fresh fruit and juice. Early detection using CRISPR gene editing could help isolate infected trees and prop up an industry in economic free fall

Penn State and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have used cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas technology to develop a diagnostic test that could ...
Replacing fungicides? GMO potato crops appear to be the only solution to addressing late blight disease in sub-Saharan Africa

Replacing fungicides? GMO potato crops appear to be the only solution to addressing late blight disease in sub-Saharan Africa

[Late blight disease] remains the main threat to potato production globally with a 15-30% production reduction. Using an average cost ...
How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

The Biden administration has a rare opportunity to accelerate agricultural innovation and spur broad and lasting economic growth by taking ...
Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Oregon State University’s Steve Strauss led an international collaboration that showed [a] CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technique could be used ...
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