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Biotech corn, soy crops boost yields, weather extreme conditions

January 13, 2020

U.S. Corn Crop Is Now 92% Genetically Modified How much does crazy weather matter anymore to crop production? That’s the question grain traders are scratching their heads over after fresh data showed U.S. farmers churned out another bumper harvest despite some of the wildest growing conditions in years. Under pressure from soggy fields, late planting…

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Philippines is first! Long-delayed Vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice greenlighted, bucking activist opposition

December 31, 2019

In its decision, the Philippine Government  joined Australia, New Zealand, Canada [Health Canada] and the United States [US Food and Drug Administration], which all affirmed in 2018 that Golden Rice poses no unique health concerns. The regulatory data were submitted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in…

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Idaho Grower Trailblazes Industry-Changing Technology

December 3, 2019

Duane Grant never set out to be an agricultural pioneer. He just wanted to continue the family farm and make his dad proud. Grant grew up on his father Douglas’s farm in Southern Idaho and contributed from an early age, eventually joining the operation full-time after high school. Since he joined the operation in 1980,…

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Ghana’s parliament gives GMO crops a boost

November 25, 2019

Ghana’s parliament has approved regulations that open the door for the country to commercialize genetically modified (GMO) crops. The regulations pave the way for the commercialization of insect-resistant Bt cowpea, which will allow farmers to dramatically reduce their use of pesticides and boost their yields. Researchers are also ready to move forward with NEWEST rice, which has been…

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High-Tech Chestnuts: US to Consider Genetically Altered Tree

November 13, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they’re marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment station feature a gene that provides…

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Most consumers will eat tech-assisted food, especially those in Gen Z

November 13, 2019

Dive Brief: Members of Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — are the most willing to try foods produced using technology, according to a study from Ketchum, a New York-based communication firm. Of that demographic, 77% were more likely to eat such foods, while 67% of millennials, 58% of Gen Xers and…

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Agrigenomics Yields a Next-Gen Cornucopia

November 5, 2019

Benefits of genome editing and molecule-sensing technologies in agriculture include more sustainable crops and healthier foods. Consumers may soon begin purchasing fun-sized fruits and vegetables, as well as processed foods that incorporate healthier ingredients, such as oils that are relatively free of “unhealthy” fats. And producers may be able to grow crops that are drought-…

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Cotton seed for dinner? That could become a reality

October 30, 2019

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 23 (UPI) — The cotton industry hopes to launch a new market for a genetically modified cotton plant whose seeds are edible for humans. The push comes after the Food and Drug Administration OK’d the modified plant for human consumption in late September. Cotton groups called it a historic decision — one…

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Bayer gets short with corn varieties for easier handling

October 29, 2019

SHORTER corn plants – that’s one of the innovations Bayer is backing in an effort to produce more food from less land. The innovation was referenced at the Bayer Future of Farming dialogue held at its German headquarters in Monheim earlier this month. Corn is a massively significant crop for US, Chinese and European growers…

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Many plants are naturally GMO, research finds

October 14, 2019

Agrobacterium microbe — the very same bacterium that scientists typically use to create GM crops. Though much of the controversy around genetically modified crops is driven by the belief that the process of moving genes from one species to another is “unnatural,” new research shows some 1 in 20 flowering plants are naturally transgenic. Dozens…

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