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Viewpoint: Why grow GMOs? To prevent cancer, pesticide poisoning and farmer suicides

Activists who desperately cling to lies about the risks of GM crops are now the ones who look 'very stupid.' ...
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Viewpoint: India shouldn’t let activists derail field trials of insect-resistant GMO eggplant

In a welcome sign that the decade-long benign indifference to technology infusion in the farm sector is set to change ...
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Anti-GMO activists move to block Bt insect-resistant eggplant field trials in India

Ten years after imposing a moratorium on commercial release of genetically modified Bt Brinjal, the [federal government] has now allowed ...
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Indian scientists call out anti-GMO groups trying to block insect-resistant Bt eggplant safety field trials

Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI), a special interest group of [the] Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) has urged ...
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Viewpoint: GMO crops are safe and nutritious. India needs them to feed itself

The need to increase agricultural productivity without increasing the area under cultivation to support our increasing demand for quality food ...
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Ethicists argue for prioritizing safety over speed in pushing for coronavirus vaccine approvals

[W]ithin six months of SARS-CoV-2 appearing on the scene, over 140 vaccine candidates are in the pipeline and clinical trials ...
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After planting illegal GMO herbicide-tolerant cotton, Indian farmers poised to grow biotech eggplant, soybean and corn

The member farmers belonging to the Shetkari Sanghatana in Maharashtra, who have already broken the law by planting genetically modified ...
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Indian farmers’ union says illegal GMO herbicide-tolerant cotton cultivation continues, despite arrests

Under the new regulated cropping system, farmers in Telangana have grown cotton on 60 lakh acres, setting a new record ...
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India floats glyphosate weedkiller restrictions to curb demand for illegal herbicide-tolerant cotton

The agriculture ministry, in a draft notification, has restricted the use of glyphosate only through Pest Control Operators (PCOs). “No ...
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India has access to yield-boosting GMO crops, so why aren’t farmers allowed to grow them?

[India's] Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee .... had first approved GM food crop Bt brinjal in 2009 after a nine-year-long trial ...
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Indian environmental scientist blasts anti-GMO celebrity Vandana Shiva for ‘baseless’ assault on biotech crops

A reader curious about celebrities’ role in the radical environmental movement emailed me recently. He wondered if .... their claims ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can keep cancer-causing heavy metals out of staple foods

One of the most pressing issues in public health is the presence of toxic elements in food, which potentially risk ...
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Indian farmers promise ‘large-scale planting’ of illegal GMO seeds despite government threats

Shetkari Sanghatana — the farmers’ union founded by the late leader Sharad Joshi — announced fresh plans in its agitation ...
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Insect-resistant Bt cotton failed in India, claims study. Geneticist says anti-GMO authors designed research to seed doubt about crop biotech

Farmers around the world have cultivated genetically engineered (GE) crops for nearly thirty years. In that time, researchers have gathered ...
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‘Make technology available’: Farmers in India set to plant illegal GMO seeds for second year in a row

Farmers in Maharashtra are gearing up to sow non-approved Genetically Modified (GM) seeds of crops like cotton, maize, soyabean, and ...
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After illegal seed planting in 2019, Indian farmers again demand access to GMO herbicide-tolerant cotton

Cotton growers in Maharashtra are once again demanding permission to sow seeds of herbicide tolerant (Ht) genetically modified (GM) cotton ...
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India battles locust infestation that could destroy enough food to feed 35,000 people—every day

Massive swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, spearing into Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab ...
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Viewpoint: Norman Borlaug saved millions of lives, would his critics prefer he hadn’t?

Norman Borlaug is perhaps the most important person in human history whose name and legacy remain largely unknown. A hero ...
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PBS documentary profiles Norman Borlaug and his ‘Green Revolution’: It fed billions but critics claim unintended consequences

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who won the ...
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Nutrient-fortified, drought-tolerant chickpea could provide sustainable protein source for India

Chickpea is a major source of protein for the people in India. It is grown mainly in semi-arid regions during ...
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India cancels royalties seed companies pay Bayer for GMO cotton, threatening foreign investment in nation’s biotech crop sector

India has axed the royalties that local seed companies pay to German drugmaker Bayer AG for Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) ...
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India should ‘definitely adopt’ new GMO crops, nation’s top biotech cotton expert argues

The logjam in approval of newer genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds [in India] has catalyzed planting of unauthorized seeds known ...
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India moves to restrict cultivation of illegal but easily acquired GMO herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant cotton

Amid reports of cultivation of [an] unapproved variety of transgenic HTBt [herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant] cotton seeds, the Union environment ministry has ...
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Activists escalate efforts to stop Indian farmers from using GMO seeds

Anti-GMO activists in India have escalated their war on the country’s resource-poor farmers by moving their efforts to stop genetically ...
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Petition urges India’s Supreme Court to halt illegal GMO crop cultivation, citing ‘irreversible’ genetic contamination

The Supreme Court on [Jan 6] issued a notice in the matter of illegal planting of non-approved Genetically Modified (GM) ...
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GMO cotton boosted farmer incomes $52 billion over 20 years, study finds

The area planted to biotech cotton in 2018 reached 24.9 million hectares, a 3% increase from 24.1 million hectares in ...
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Indian farmers highlight higher yields from banned GMO herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant cotton to defy nation’s biotech crop rules

As farmers [headed] to Yavatmal in Maharashtra to showcase post-harvest success stories of banned [herbicide-tolerant] cotton on [Jan. 5], their ...
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India develops disease-resistant, drought-tolerant chickpeas in record time

Indian farmers may soon take hold of two new chickpea varieties with improved drought tolerance and disease resistance traits. The ...
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