Archive for August 2017

40 Years Ago, GMO Insulin Was Controversial Also

It may seem like olden days to Millennials, but the late 1970s were a lot like today. America was divided due to an unpopular President, gas was expensive, the movie industry was at death’s door…and genetic engineering was a big concern. GMOs were a worry 40 years ago? Yes, though GMO insulin today is regarded as a…

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Fear and regulatory costs dogging genetically engineered crops

Genome editing, has taken crop plant breeding to “an entirely new level,” says Dr. Adrianne Massey. But “a totally dysfunctional regulatory system” and activist opposition continue as barriers to progress. Although it has become the bogeyman of anti-agriculture activists, the reality is that genetic modification of crops and animals is not new, says Dr. Adrianne…

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Innate® Second Generation Potato Receives Canadian Government Clearance

Health Canada conducted a comprehensive safety assessment and approved the use of Innate® second generation potatoes for food. Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed the food, feed, and environmental safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. The authorizations enable the potatoes to be imported, planted, and…

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Sugar companies to launch GMO education campaign

Two of the nation’s sugar companies will launch a $4 million online campaign this fall aimed at educating consumers about GMO crops and changing their perceptions of the technology. SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Genetically modified crops such as sugar beets and corn have been a godsend to the farmers who grow them, an Idaho farmer…

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Brazil gives GM sugarcane a go

Brazil, the world’s largest sugarcane producer, recently approved the commercial use of genetically modified sugarcane. The new variety’s resistance to the pest comes from the ‘Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)’ gene, which has already been used in soya bean, maize, and cotton in the country. The developers, local technology company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC), said in…

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