Another GMO approval: Philippines approves commercial growing of Bt insect resistant cotton

The Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry issued a Biosafety Permit for the Commercial Propagation of Bt cotton (GFM cry1A) developed by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA). The permit was granted to PhilFIDA after completion of the biosafety evaluation and the requirements for commercial propagation based on the DOST-DA-DENR-DOH-DILG Joint Department Circular (JDC) No. 1, Series of…

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Bangladesh starts growing genetically-modified cotton

The variety, Bt cotton, will increase local cotton production by 7.5 times THE DAILEY STAR Tuesday, August 29, 2023 Bangladesh has started cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) cotton for the first time this year to boost yields and cut import dependence of the raw materials of yarn, a top official of the Cotton Development Board (CDB)…

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5x increase in rice yields? New CRISPR-created variety could help fight fungal pandemic decimating world’s rice crop

Thanks to CRISPR, farmers may finally have a good defense against rice blast, a fungal disease so devastating, it’s known as the “cancer of rice.” The challenge Rice provides more than 20% of the world’s calories, but every year, rice blast wipes out 10-30% of the world’s rice crops, making it a major threat to both global food security…

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Farmers Tipped To Adopt BT Maize For Higher Yields

BT Maize For Higher Yields

State actors at the County and National levels have been challenged to engage Extension Services personnel to sensitise Farmers to adopt the tested and tried BT maize to improve production. Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) is a species of bacteria that produces proteins that are toxic to certain insects. Because of this, it has been used as…

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We need another source of omega-3 supplements for food and animal feed. Enriched genetically modified rapeseed could fill the gap

Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement

In March this year, Norway’s Food Safety Authority became the latest country to conclude that using Omega-3 enriched GM rapeseed oil in aquaculture feed poses no additional health or environmental risks.In March this year, Norway’s Food Safety Authority became the latest country to conclude that using Omega-3 enriched GM rapeseed oil in aquaculture feed poses…

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‘CRISPR’ crops more resilient in climate crisis

  The ongoing scorching summer is pushing up global food prices, once again putting the food security in spotlight. And CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) crops could be part of the needed response, assuming governments allow them to be grown. In the 1990s, when a novel transgenic method for improving crops was commercially…

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Give farmers a chance: Pro-GMO activists march through Nairobi and Kampala calling for the adoption of improved seeds

GMO activists marched through Nairobi in Kenya and Kampala in Uganda on February 10 and 15, 2023, calling for the adoption of improved seeds. They carried placards with pro-GMO slogans such as Genetically Modified Crops are Safe and Nutritious and Yes to Food Security. This was in response to a petition filed at the East African Court of Justice in…

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