Biotech News

CropLife welcomes benefits of GM crops

July 16, 2018

CROPLIFE Australia has welcomed findings from two international reports released last week, which found the use of genetically modified technology returned several environmental benefits to growers, and resulted in a direct global farm benefit exceeding $18 billion in 2016. The complementary independent reports were published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications…

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Gene Editing

Gene-Editing: How Do We Move Towards Acceptance

February 26, 2018

This mix of opinions affirm the notion that many perceptions about biotechnology and food are based on misunderstanding and fear. The way we grow and consume food, consumer skepticism around biotechnology remains steady. As I alluded to in Science Over Fiction: GMOS for Public Good, consumer skepticism is largely derived from misconceptions around the science…

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Growers For Biotechnology

Busting the Myth: GMO Corn Does Increase Crop Yields

February 26, 2018

GMO corn varieties increased crop yields 5.6 to 24.5 percent relative to their non-GMO equivalents A recent study published by Scientific Reports, and expanded upon in an article by Paul McDivitt for the Genetic Literacy Project, affirms what scientists have often believed: use of GMO technology has increased crop yields. Instead of relying on single…

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Growers For Biotechnology

Oregon Court of Appeals affirms ruling overturning GMO ban

February 23, 2018

A ruling that invalidated a GMO ban in Oregon’s Josephine County has been affirmed on appeal. The Oregon Court of Appeals has affirmed that a prohibition against genetically engineered crops in Josephine County is pre-empted by state law. Voters in Josephine County approved the ban in 2014, nearly a year after state lawmakers passed a…

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Local Companies Gear Up For Commercialization Of GM Seeds

February 23, 2018

The National Biosafety Committee was already on ground to screen and approve seed companies that would actively participate in the seed multiplication when GM seeds are finally commercialized. The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for effective practice of modern agricultural biotechnology. The…

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Former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack: Non-GMO, gluten-free labels fan consumer fears

February 23, 2018

On its face, it makes sense. If consumers say they want transparency, tell them exactly what is in your product. That is simply supplying a certain demand. For the food industry, 2017 was the year of the label. Whether ‘non-GMO’ or ‘no high fructose corn syrup’, ‘no added hormones’ or ‘gluten-free,’ consumers are increasingly demanding…

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Rwandan scientists debate potential pros and cons of allowing farmers to grow GMO crops

February 22, 2018

Genetically modified organisms, which scientists argue are primed to revolutionise agriculture and livestock, have attracted criticism and skepticism from various circles. In bid to boost food security, several countries around the world have embraced GMOs, while others remain skeptical about embracing the technology. Rwanda is one of the latest countries to take early steps towards…

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Indian official: Insect-resistant GMO cotton has increased production, decreased pesticide use

February 20, 2018

Bt cotton, which is resistant to Bollworm infestation, was released during 2002-03. The production of cotton in the country has nearly doubled since the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002, the government told the Rajya Sabha [the upper house of the Parliament of India]…. In a written reply to a question, Union minister Mahesh Sharma…

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Nigeria on track to commercialize GMO cowpeas, rice, sorghum, corn and cotton

February 20, 2018

We’re already taking steps, we’re already dialoguing with them, bringing them and building their capacity, telling them of the science behind the technology, safety and how they can import and take part in technology development. The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for…

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How Asian consumers and farmers are tiptoeing into using GMO crops

February 20, 2018

High costs, back-breaking work and unpredictable yields compelled Rosalie Ellasus to give up on corn farming…. But Rosalie changed her mind after the Philippine government allowed companies to release biotechnology corn seed. Scientifically, such a material is known as a genetically modified organism (GMO) or transgenic organism. Transgenic corn has been genetically engineered to be…

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