Biotech News

UK edges closer to embracing CRISPR gene edited crops, breaking further from the EU

January 24, 2022

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. It is posted under Fair Use guidelines. Research into the gene editing of plants in the UK will become much easier with new rules brought forward by the government that will encourage field…

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China gears up production of GMO soybeans in shift toward independence from Western imports

January 24, 2022

A cargo of soy. China aims to reduce its dependence on soy imports. Credit: Igor Strukov via Adobe Stock This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. It is posted under Fair Use guidelines. China’s status as the world’s largest importer…

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Opinion: Genetically modified crops are tools of sustainability

January 12, 2022

It’s safe. It would help farmers deal with drought, support biodiversity, protect the environment and decrease a farms carbon footprint. It would help consumers cope with inflation and pay their food bills. So why aren’t we growing genetically modified wheat? We’re asking this question again because of the news from South America late last year…

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Viewpoint: ‘Lower food prices, limiting exposure to toxins, fewer diseases in crops.’

January 5, 2022

These are the advances missed by countries that reject GM technology This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. It is posted under Fair Use guidelines. Two new papers aim to quantify the social welfare and economic costs that countries inflict…

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Using CRISPR Technology, Scientists Plan to Grow a More Durable Strawberry

November 3, 2021

If successful, these will be the first gene-edited strawberries to be sold commercially. More than a third of all fresh strawberries that consumers buy end up getting tossed out because they’re bruised, moldy or mushy. Now, two companies have teamed up to solve this problem. The J.R. Simplot Company and Plant Sciences Inc. plan to…

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UK gears up to diverge from EU on targeted genetic modifications in farming

September 22, 2021

Expert advisory council says liberalising research and cultivation of gene edited crops could create export barriers to the EU. But the risk is worth it, given the EU seems likely to soften its rules too. The UK is gearing up to diverge from the EU and make it easier to research and commercially cultivate genetically…

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Defeating potato late blight with farmers’ help in Uganda

August 19, 2021

C I P International Potato Center July 27, 2021 Farmer Bone-Konsira Tumwesigye holds some potatoes in her hands. To get a good harvest, she must spray her field with fungicides on a weekly basis, a labor intensive, time consuming and expensive undertaking. Credit: CIP Successful innovation for agriculture will depend on thorough and careful understanding of the…

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Seeding a Sustainable Future

July 19, 2021

Every year, America’s farmers do something incredible: they nurture a small seed or sprout until harvest in order to provide all of us with an affordable supply of food. For sugarbeet growers, a sugarbeet seed is not only the starting point for the production of sugar, but is also an important part of sugar’s sustainability…

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End of GM ban ‘a great step forward’ for NSW farmers, biotech companies, grains group says

July 12, 2021

Biotech lobby group CropLife is hailing the lifting of a ban on genetically modified (GM) food crops in New South Wales as a “great step forward”, but after 18 years in limbo the state’s agricultural sector has some catching up to do. Around the world, the growth in GM crops is beginning to accelerate. Almost 200 million hectares…

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South Africa has reaped major benefits from GM maize, study finds

July 8, 2021

Genetically modified (GM) maize has greatly improved food security in South Africa, reduced environmental damage and helped smallholder farmers achieve significant gains in earnings over the past two decades, a new study finds. This marks South Africa as a success story in the cultivation of insect-resistant Bt white maize, given that it was the first…

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