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UK environment secretary backs relaxed CRISPR crop rules, but says GMO restrictions won’t change

Addressing MPs via video call, [UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice] said that “gene ...
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Podcast: WHO was wrong about COVID; Pandemics make women cheat? Rampant fraud threatens organic farming

Infectious disease experts have blasted the World Health Organization for telling the public that asymptomatic patients rarely spread COVID-19. Pandemics ...
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EPA defends decision allowing farmers to use banned dicamba herbicides until July 31

EPA defended its decision to allow farmers to continue to use three vacated dicamba herbicides -- XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia ...
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Viewpoint: Mexico’s glyphosate weedkiller import restrictions could harm farmers and consumers alike

In November, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources denied the importation of a thousand tons of glyphosate, the basic ...
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Court that revoked EPA dicamba weedkiller approval could also ban Enlist Duo herbicide

The agricultural industry was rocked by a federal appeals court ruling that vacated the registrations of three dicamba herbicides [in ...
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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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Viewpoint: Why the world needs GMOs—4 farmers make the case for biotech crops

The lopsided conversation between experienced farmers and clueless activists has severe consequences ...
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Novel DNA analysis technique helps spot mislabeled foods, inaccurate ingredient lists

Estonian scientists are developing a DNA-based method of analysis that enables them to identify food components and specify the origin ...
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Why GMO acceptance in Ethiopia could lead Africa to embrace biotech crops

A coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations and their global allies have launched a campaign against the cultivation of Genetically ...
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Certified organic? ‘Lax’ USDA regulations encourage fraud in profitable organic food sector

An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular ...
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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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Coronavirus rekindles age-old debate: Should human genes be patentable?

The sudden surge in the demand for a vaccine has seen the biotechnology industry rush to innovation and testing, which, ...
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Russia relaxes ‘almost impassable’ restrictions on GMO soy imports, sparking backlash from regional governors

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has exempted GM soybeans and soybean meal from compulsory government registration in a decree released ...
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France reinstates ban on US cherry imports over pesticide safety fears

On April 8, 2020 France published its fifth emergency decree banning fresh cherry imports from countries where the use of ...
EU GMO approval process hinders biotech crop development with no scientific justification, researchers argue

EU GMO approval process hinders biotech crop development with no scientific justification, researchers argue

The approach to equivalence testing required by the [European Food Safety Authority, EFSA] creates unwarranted barriers to the introduction of ...
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African nations warm to crop biotechnology for potential food security gains

Though only a few African countries are now growing genetically modified (GM) crops commercially, governments across the continent are increasingly ...
GMO herbicide-tolerant canola poses little risk to human health, EU Food Safety Authority finds

GMO herbicide-tolerant canola poses little risk to human health, EU Food Safety Authority finds

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the ...
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Plants obtained from conventional breeding can’t be patented, European patent court rules

The highest judicial authority at the [European Patent Office] EPO issued their opinion .... in the controversial G3/19 (Pepper) case ...
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Will relaxed USDA GMO, gene-edited crop regulation fuel consumer distrust of biotech?

Plants genetically modified to make changes that also have been made through conventional breeding will not need specific federal oversight, ...
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From bioterror to bioerror: Who’s afraid of biohacking?

In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper ...
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‘Sell by’ dates not backed by science, study shows, leading to $32 billion in wasted food every year

.... [T]he lack of regulation, standardization, and general understanding of date labeling on food products (such as “best by” and ...
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Farm groups back South Australia plan to allow GMO crop cultivation, citing ‘freedom of choice’ for growers

South Australia’s Parliament has taken another step towards legalizing the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, voting to approve ...
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USDA eliminates antiquated rules for GMOs which it says will bring plant biotech regulations ‘into the 21st century’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue [May 14] announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...
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Bolivia accelerates GMO crop approvals to bolster national food supply, export industries

Interim President Jeanine Añez of Bolivia issued a Supreme Decree authorizing the National Biosafety Committee to speed up the evaluation ...
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Ethiopia remains a net food importer, despite its rich farming history. Can GMO crops help?

The 21st century is said to be the century of biology and ecology. Thus, for Ethiopia, as one of the ...
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Book review: Activist-friendly ‘GMOs Decoded’ paints a misleading picture of crop biotech

Sheldon Krimsky’s latest book, GMOs Decoded, has a foreword by Marion Nestle, an emeritus professor at New York University and ...
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Bolivian farmers reject activist opposition to GMO seed approvals, expecting crops yields to triple

The Federation of Peasant Workers of Cochabamba (FTCC) announced its discontent against the use of transgenic seeds promoted by the ...
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