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Gene-edited, blight-resistant rice approved by USDA, Colombian regulators

The Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have approved a genetically edited rice resistant ...
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Colombia aims to restart aerial glyphosate spraying of coca crops under pressure from US

Alhough coca crop size fell 9% in 2019 to the lowest level in six years, the capacity to produce cocaine ...
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Next glyphosate fight? Colombian farmers challenge government plan to reinstate aerial coca crop spraying

Pedro Arenas is afraid that they'll take flight again. "I expect it could be within the next months," he says ...
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Trump urges Colombia to restart aerial glyphosate weedkiller spraying to wipe out coca crops

Colombia will have to restart aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in order to destroy crops of coca, the chief ...
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GMO cotton, corn have increased farmer incomes in Colombia more than $300 million since 2003

This study assesses the economic and environmental impacts that have arisen from the adoption and use of genetically modified (GM) ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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Colombia green lights first homegrown, patent-free GMO corn variety

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has just authorized the planting of the country's first homegrown GMO corn variety. The seeds ...
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Banana-destroying fungus hits South America. Is genetic engineering the solution?

A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived ...
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Suspected Fusarium wilt infection in Colombia threatens global banana supply, but fungus-resistant GMO fruit on the horizon

In a long-feared development, an extremely damaging disease of bananas has apparently reached Latin America. Late last week, the Colombian ...
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Ban on aerial glyphosate spraying of coca crops could ‘derail’ peace efforts, Colombia’s president warns

A judicial ban on aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to eliminate coca crops should be modified, Colombia’s President Ivan ...
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Scientists developing biofortified ‘Amazon Peanut’ with boosted levels of disease-treating proteins, fatty acids

A team of Colombian scientists is working on the development of transgenic sacha inchi, a plant in the Amazon rich ...
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273 Colombian farmers sue government spraying glyphosate to destroy coca plants used to make cocaine

The Colombian government faces 273 lawsuits stemming from damages to crops, land and water caused by the spraying the herbicide ...
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GMO coffee is on the horizon—but will we drink it?

Remember the Gros Michel banana? If you're under the age of seventy, you probably don't. That's because in the 1950s ...
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15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

Latin America is a vital region in the global production of genetically modified (GM) crops, with Brazil and Argentina ranked ...
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15 years after debuting GMO crops, Colombia’s switch has benefited farmers and environment

GM crops saved water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and provided farmers and the rest of Colombia with a variety of ...