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Health officials urge Uganda to pass biosafety law granting consumer access to biofortified GMO crops

Representatives from the Ministry of Health, Uganda Medical Association, the National Drug Authority, and Uganda Pharmaceutical Society resolved that the government ...
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Spray-on ‘vaccine’ could protect food crops from pests in countries that ban GMO disease-resistant plants

In August 2019, a research group .... announced the development of a rapid and reliable approach to creating a “vaccine” for ...
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Podcast: Tackling ethical questions about CRISPR with GLP’s groundbreaking Global Gene Editing Regulation Tracker and Index

To what degree are nations deploying these revolutionary new tools? ...
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‘Maladapted’ EU regulation hinders non-toxic biopesticide development, despite growing farmer demand

Biological pesticides are rapidly gaining attention as a sustainable and viable environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. However, they are ...
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Pushing back on activist efforts to reinstate South Australia’s GMO crop ban

As fires and drought devastate Australia, scores of protesters call on government to take action on “catastrophic” climate change. Green ...
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Nigerian anti-GMO groups resume lawsuit alleging biotech crops violate ‘fundamental rights to life’

The Registered Trustees of Health of Mother Earth Foundation and 16 other organisations have resumed a lawsuit against the National ...
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Philippines legislature advances bill to expedite 65-month-long GMO crop approval process

The House Committee on Science and Technology has approved a bill seeking to eliminate the regulatory complications hampering the commercial ...
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China issues safety approvals for herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant corn and soybean, paving the way for local GMO crop cultivation

China’s agriculture ministry issued biosafety certificates on [Jan. 21] for domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean traits, moving ...
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Tractors block German roads as farmers ‘vent frustration’ over strict and ‘unnecessary’ limits on pesticides

Several hundred tractors blockaded roads across Germany on [Jan. 17] as farmers vented their frustration over environmental regulations. The vehicles ...
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US-China deal reduces trade barriers for GMO crops, says USDA’s Sonny Perdue

U.S. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between ...
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EPA rejects New York Times’ allegation that agriculture, chemical industries ‘control’ environmental regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency unloaded [Jan. 14] on the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of “extreme bias” for running ...
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EU Green Party aims to halve synthetic pesticide use by 2025, phase it out completely in 15 years

The EU’s European Green Deal drafters may have succeeded in dodging some of the most immediately contentious issues in the ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam explains how the CRISPR gene editing ‘revolution’ can improve our food

The final instalment of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution is an interview with Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a livestock ...
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Skepticism of GMOs, CRISPR won’t slow crop biotech innovation, biologist predicts

Genetically modified crops have the potential, if widely adopted, to help feed the world and vastly change the crop input ...
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China poised to approve 192 GMO crops, including insect-resistant, glyphosate-tolerant corn

China is set to award safety certificates for genetically-modified corn, paving the way for domestic production as the world’s most-populous ...
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South Australia lifts GMO crop moratorium, but Green Party vows to reinstate ban in 2020

The state government announced [Dec. 19] it would publish regulations in the last Government Gazette of the year, lifting the ...
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Philippines is first! Long-delayed Vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice greenlighted, bucking activist opposition

The fortified food addresses vitamin A deficiency, which kills an estimated 670,000 children each year ...
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Golden Rice inventors: ‘Why our life-saving GMO crop is still not getting to the impoverished people who need it’

Until science-based policy overrules a smear campaign against Golden Rice, VAD-induced death and blindness will continue ...
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Lab-grown burgers? Cell-based steaks? Alternative meat industry scrambles to find consumer-friendly product names

The debate over what to call cell-cultured meat remains unresolved—and it could soon develop into a headache for the global ...
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‘Dicamba fatigue’: State regulators anticipate more off-target damage from Bayer’s controversial herbicide in 2020

Three consecutive years of off-target dicamba injury is taking its toll on the agricultural industry. Leo Reed even has a ...
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Newly released GMO cowpea brings Nigeria closer to food security, local biotech experts say

In a statement by the Cowpea Manager of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Issoufou Kollo Abdourhamane, the approval [for ...
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Viewpoint: With Conservative sweep of the ‘Brexit election’, Boris Johnson poised to steer the UK out of ‘outdated’ EU GMO, CRISPR regulations

If the UK replaces the EU's overly cautious biotech rules with a pro-innovation scheme, it could become a true global ...
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New Zealand mulls loosening strict biotech crop rules as GMO ryegrass shows promise in field trial

While New Zealand has not yet approved the release of genetically modified crops, its agricultural research agency’s principle scientist has ...
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European Union green lights imports of eight GMO crops

[Nov. 28], the [European] Commission authorized eight Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), all for food/feed uses (maize MZHG0JG, maize MON 89034 ...
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South Australia’s leadership split over decision to lift GMO crop ban

The Opposition [Dec. 3] voted against Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone’s legislative bid to scrap the GM ban passed by ...
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Podcast: How activists and politicians derailed South Australia’s attempt to embrace GMO crops

Activists in Australia are manipulating politicians with fear and doubt to restrict farmer choice ...
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EU may block Austria’s proposed glyphosate weed killer ban

Austria's government appeared to cast doubt [December 2] on whether a total ban on the controversial herbicide glyphosate would be ...
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Podcast: Political opposition blocks South Australia’s plan to lift GMO crop ban

South Australia is the only mainland state that bans farmers from growing genetically modified food. The ban's been in place ...
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