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COVID halts global GM crop approvals, hitting poor farmers in developing countries hardest

The demand rising from COVID-19 has ramped up vaccines using various genetic modification technologies, but when it comes to agriculture, ...
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EU opposition to GM crops encourages hunger in developing nations, US trade official warns

A senior U.S. official blasted EU plans for greener farming on [October 27], accusing Brussels of risking worldwide starvation by ...
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Viewpoint: Swayed by anti-GMO groups, biotech pioneer Mexico lurches toward GM crop ban

“There is currently enough food in the world to feed 10 billion people,” writes the anti-GMO environmental group Green America ...
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Plant-based meats can be labeled ‘burgers’ in Europe, encouraging consumers to eat fewer animal products

Veggie burger enthusiasts can rejoice after the European Parliament on [October 23] rejected a measure to ban use of the ...
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Replacing pesticides: Expected chlorpyrifos ban spurs development of more sustainable insecticides

A broad-spectrum insecticide that kills all arthropods in its path, chlorpyrifos was used for decades throughout the US .... But ...
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Despite activist opposition, Ghana’s scientists seek government approval for GM insect-resistant cowpea

The Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) has announced it will in November officially request approval from the National Biosafety Authority ...
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Podcast: Regulate all food chemicals? Gin and tonics going extinct; GMO pineapple is here!

There are thousands upon thousands of chemicals in food. Should we regulate them all, could we even do it? Gin ...
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What I got wrong: GMO skeptic turned crop biotech advocate explains his ‘slow-motion conversion’

A recent open-heart surgery put my mind, as it might, on themes relating to mortality. Which got me thinking about ...
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Bolivian court dismisses legal challenge to GMO rules, a victory over ‘ridiculous’ arguments, farm group says

After almost 10 hours of hearings, arguments, and counterarguments, the First Constitutional Chamber denied the appeal of Popular Action brought ...
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Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea

Burkina Faso scientists and farmers say their country has not abandoned crop biotechnology, despite challenges that prompted it to shelve ...
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Viewpoint: Mexican government undermining science and agriculture

Over the last two years, the Mexican government led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who goes by his initials, AMLO) ...
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Will India approve more GMO crops? ‘Ideological’ regulators could halt progress

The apex regulator of genetically-modified (GM) crops has permitted a Jalna, Maharashtra-based seed company to do confined bio-safety trials on ...
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Viewpoint: Global food security threatened by Europe’s anti-GMO ‘food bullying’

The Farm to Fork program in Europe is designed to regulate food production in the E.U. as well as promote ...
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GMO soy permit revoked by Mexico, but illegal planting expected to continue

The TFJA [The Federal Court of Administrative Justice] Specialized Chamber for Environmental Matters and Regulation has issued a new resolution ...
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Relaxed gene-edited crop rules will give farmers more chemical-free pest control tools, EPA says

Developers of genetically engineered crops would have an easier time getting their products onto the US market under a proposed ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, drought could cut French sugar beet yields 30-50 percent, USDA finds

France is the largest producer of sugar beets in Europe growing just over 30 percent of EU27+UK's production in ...
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Cuba expects massive crop yield increase with GMO insect-resistant, herbicide-tolerant corn

In the midst of a deep food crisis and a shortage of supplies in the country, the Cuban regime opened ...
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GMOs ‘pose no health risks,’ biotech experts say, but ‘bioengineered’ food labels coming anyway

Nearly 70 percent of processed foods at U.S. grocery stores contain at least one genetically engineered ingredient. Even though most scientists believe that genetically ...
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Bt cotton in Africa: Role models and lessons learned

Africa’s cotton farmers are struggling to recoup their investments because they lack access to quality seeds that can increase yields ...
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CRISPR crop development proceeds rapidly, but ‘bottlenecks’ limit promise

Since its discovery as a bacterial adaptive immune system and its development for genome editing in eukaryotes, the clustered regularly ...
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‘Steadily increasing’ GMO acceptance in Europe fuels efforts to revise biotech restrictions

Since 1996 till 2018, the global area cultivated with GM crops has increased 113-fold, making biotech crops one of the ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Onerous’ regulations exacerbate consumer fear of gene-edited crops

....[T]he use of genetic engineering and gene editing to develop new crop varieties is well understood by the scientific community ...
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GM crops can lift farmers out of poverty, study shows

On a continent where more than 80 percent of the people living in extreme poverty are rural farmers, some have ...
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Organic farming fraud is growing, prompting USDA crackdown proposal

Responding to increasing fraud threats to the organic industry, the US Department of Agriculture seeks to strengthen oversight and improve ...
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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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Harvard Law School urges USDA to allow ‘usual meat and poultry terms’ in labeling of cell-based foods

In some action on the petition front, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) acknowledges a request from the Harvard ...
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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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10 things everyone should know about GMOs in Africa

1. Biotechnology, genetic modification, genetic engineering and GMOs are terms for essentially the same process: breeding crops and livestock to ...