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UK doesn’t want to ‘slavishly follow’ Europe’s pesticide, gene-edited crop rules, secretary of state says

Rural industries such as sheep farming are seeking answers as to what Brexit will mean for them. The implications of ...
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UK extends license for glyphosate 5 years, will put in place post-Brexit review process

Speaking at the virtual British Crop Production Council (BCPC) 2020 congress, Darren Flynn, head of active substances delivery for the ...
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Post-Brexit UK likely to back crop gene editing, but won’t abandon EU’s strict GMO rules

Moves to facilitate the development of gene editing once the UK is free from EU regulation at the end of ...
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52% of UK consumers say farmers should have access to gene-edited crops, survey finds

The public have highlighted their worry over the fragility of the food system in the face of Covid-19, climate change ...
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Gene-editing amendment to UK agriculture bill withdrawn, delaying farmer access to CRISPR crops

An amendment tabled in the new UK agriculture bill, designed to allow access to new gene-editing technology, has been withdrawn ...
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UK anti-GMO groups aim to block relaxed CRISPR crop rules gaining bipartisan support in Parliament

A new Agriculture Bill​​ is making its way through the UK Parliament, and an amendment has been tabled that would ...
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Support for crop gene editing in UK, Europe grows as legislators aim to expand sustainable farming

Asked about the potential for biotech and gene editing in the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the EU’s new flagship ...
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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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Viewpoint: UK proposal to break from EU CRISPR rules could unleash plant breeding ‘gold rush’

The agriculture bill before the House of Lords [June 10] offers a chance for plant breeders to make safer, more ...
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Viewpoint: Crop gene editing can speed post-Brexit UK’s COVID-19 economic recovery

Economic recovery after COVID post-Brexit will need the UK to be able to develop existing industries in new markets, fast ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban leaves UK canola farmers with few tools to stop flea beetle resurgence

The bright yellow rapeseed flowers that adorn the British countryside have largely disappeared after crops this season failed. The flaxen ...
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Brexit unlikely to change UK’s restrictive GMO crop rules in the next 3 years, USDA reports

In his inaugural speech as Prime Minister (PM) in July 2019, Boris Johnson said “let’s liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience ...
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Herd immunity and where it fits in the fight against the coronavirus

During the opening phases of the coronavirus pandemic, government officials in the UK drew scorn from health experts after suggesting ...
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Following neonicotinoid insecticide ban, UK canola growers ask government to cover crop losses from pest infestations

Since the ban on neonics, the UK area of oilseed rape has progressively fallen year on year. What’s more, following ...
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Consumer GMO fears could halt UK’s post-Brexit embrace of biotechnology

Since securing his premiership and withdrawal from the EU, Johnson has repeatedly made a point of championing deregulation and divergence ...
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Why Brexit could jump start UK GMO, CRISPR research—once stifled by ‘dead hand’ of EU regulation

Britain is really good at biology. In physics and chemistry, or painting and music, we have often failed to match ...
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Infographic: How the coronavirus appears ‘seemingly out of nowhere’

When Emma Hodcroft read that, seemingly out of nowhere, a rash of cases of the novel coronavirus had popped up in Britain ...
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21 senators urge UK to reject ‘antiquated’ EU food safety, biotech rules in new US trade deal

Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture – ...
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EU neonic insecticide ban cut UK canola production from 1.8 million acres to 1.3 million annually

In 2012, U.K. farmers seeded about 1.8 million acres of oilseed rape [canola]. But over the last eight years, acreage ...
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Post-Brexit UK may accept GMO crop imports from US, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hints

Boris Johnson has hinted at allowing genetically modified food to be imported from the US after Brexit as he called ...
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Video: House of Lords member and science writer Matt Ridely urges UK to ‘break free’ of Europe’s restrictive CRISPR crop rules

The UK must break away from Europe's restrictive agricultural gene-editing rules, science writer Matt Ridley told the UK's House of ...
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GMO, gene-edited crops face uncertain future in UK despite post-Brexit hopes for relaxed biotech rules

Growing and selling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is permitted in the UK but GMO products are subject to a lengthy ...
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Activist groups Greenpeace, PETA added to UK counter-terror list

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other ...
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UK could tackle sustainability challenges post Brexit with GMO crops, farmer’s union chief says

Boosting the use of genetically modified crops in the U.K. after Brexit could be “enormously beneficial,” according to the National ...
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How the pursuit of better education, career opportunities may be creating regional genetic inequalities

Highlighting non-ancestral genetic differences could be an important step in alleviating the harmful results of social stratification ...
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‘Brain drain’ increases genetic inequality between wealthy, poor regions in UK study

An unintended side effect of merit-based social mobility is that it stimulates selective migration; people with a higher education are ...
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