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

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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How Asian consumers and farmers are tiptoeing into using GMO crops

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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Iden Biotechnology partners with J.R. Simplot Company on gene discovery for potato advancements

These companies recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato. Iden Biotechnology and the J.R. Simplot Company, companies involved in agricultural solutions through biotechnology, recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising…

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Innate spuds gaining foreign-market approval

Simplot Plant Sciences has been receiving approval for its Innate line of genetically modified potatoes in foreign markets. KETCHUM, Idaho — Simplot Plant Sciences has obtained approval for its Innate brand of genetically modified potatoes in several key foreign markets, including Japan, and has several other applications for foreign-market access pending. Company spokesman Doug Cole…

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Gene-edited camelina cleared by USDA

The USDA has determined that a camelina variety that’s gene-edited to increased oil content doesn’t fall under its regulatory jurisdiction. A variety of camelina that’s gene-edited to increase oil content can be grown without undergoing the USDA’s regulatory process for biotech crops. The agency has determined the camelina cultivar doesn’t pose a plant pest risk,…

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Golden bananas boost vitamin A levels

With approximately 650,000–750,000 children worldwide dying from vitamin A deficiency, Professor James Dale from the Queensland University of Technology has been researching a way to enhance pro-vitamin A in bananas. With approximately 650,000–750,000 children worldwide dying from vitamin A deficiency, Professor James Dale from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has been researching a way…

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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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