Can Biden's USDA bring America's animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

Can Biden’s USDA bring America’s animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

I am in perhaps a somewhat rare position regarding the contemplated USDA regulatory framework, as I actually have several animals ...
'Back to the future': The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

‘Back to the future’: The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

So what is the USDA’s proposal for the regulation of genetically engineered animals? In a nutshell, it proposes moving regulation ...
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Viewpoint: Are GMOs a corporate ploy to colonize developing countries? Is vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice a plot by ‘Western entities’ to control global agriculture? Here are the facts bungled in Slate commentary.

Western scientists who introduce biotech crops into developing nations are paternalistic colonizers. While they claim to be helping farmers in ...
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Regulation gone wrong: A critique of the FDA’s nonsensical animal gene-editing rules

The “Guidance for Industry #187” entitled “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals” was published in the Federal Register ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regulatory creep’—How the FDA’s evolving rules hindered the introduction of gene-edited animals

Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to regulate genomic alterations in genome edited animals ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

It’s one of the world’s most preventable tragedies. Every year, as many as 500,000 children go blind because their diet ...
Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Innovation and creative thinking in the protein industry is ever-evolving. You may have read some of our posts on the ...
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Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren’t using GMOs to control Africa’s food supply

The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people

By 2070 the world will be populated by approximately 10.5 billion people. This means that we will need to be ...
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Brain food or health fad: Can you really boost cognition with nootropics?

What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed ...
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As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers

2020 has been an eventful year for gene editing. The recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate-cancer trials illustrate how tort lawyers undermine science in the courtroom

Should we be fair to chemical manufacturers when they are sued? First of all, who are they? Since everything in ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Green neo-colonialism’— Utopian visions of organic farming promote starvation in Africa

Across Africa, farmers and governments are struggling to feed growing populations. Ongoing and deadly locusts and Fall Armyworm infestations, cancer-causing ...
Viewpoint: Europe's globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

Viewpoint: Europe’s globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

“Make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.” That's the lofty goal of the European Union's (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy, ...
Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Should trans women be allowed to compete in female-only sports? It's a polarizing question with no easy answer in a ...
Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

The year is coming to an end, and 2020 has popped a balloon filled with myths, untruths and lies deliberately ...
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Sustainability gap on Farm to Fork: What are the global consequences of Europe’s embrace of ‘green political correctness’

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics and AI have launched an agricultural revolution. But ‘blind techno-optimism’ could have harmful consequences

Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, ...
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Our Stone Age ancestors thrived on ‘chunks of meat,’ but plants were just as key to their survival

Early humans wouldn't be able to survive without glucose from plants ...
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Podcast: COVID killed anti-GMO activism? Environmentalists split over glyphosate; Predatory journal Pokémon hoax

Could the COVID-19 pandemic end anti-GMO activism as we know it? Environmentalists are split over the controversial weedkiller glyphosate; some ...
Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

In the midst of a ferocious debate over the future of biotechnology in Latin America, the Peruvian Congress recently extended ...
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Viewpoint: Despite its ‘social justice pretense’ agroecology promotes poverty in developing countries

The world is made up of sunshine and butterflies, roses and rainbows. If we can stop Father Profit from raping ...
Podcast: Lockdown skeptics are COVID 'deniers'? Plant burgers don't cause 'man boobs.' GMOs and terrorism

Podcast: Lockdown skeptics are COVID ‘deniers’? Plant burgers don’t cause ‘man boobs.’ GMOs and terrorism

If you oppose lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID, are you a science denier, a covidiot? Potentially dangerous genetically ...
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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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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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