Biotech News

Agriculture industry risks PR disaster if it doesn’t educate the public about CRISPR

August 7, 2020

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. Gene-editing experts claim that the technology has the potential to make some foods more nutritious without increasing costs and can also reduce food waste. Unlike GMOs, which involve crossing species that would not…

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Why do Filipino Farmers and Scientists Support Biotech Crops?

July 23, 2020

For the last 22 years, biotech crops have been planted and adopted by 70 countries. In 2018, 470,500 Filipino farmers planted 630,000 hectares of biotech corn, attesting to the benefits that biotech crops continue to offer: yield increases, higher income, peace of mind, and improved quality of life. As more Filipino farmers embrace the technology,…

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EU still reflects over agri-innovation as UK mulls moves forward

July 16, 2020

As Europe is getting through this deep discussion, one could say the UK is enjoying one of the post-Brexit “advantages”: speed up decision making adjusted to science. This article is part of our special report Innovation in agriculture: Europe at crossroads. While the EU considers the potential role of new innovative techniques to protect harvests…

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GMO insect-resistant Bt prevents cancer and saves farmers up to $167 million per year, study shows

July 16, 2020

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. Previous field studies have reached no collective consensus on whether Bt corn, the most commonly planted transgenic crop worldwide, has significantly lower aflatoxin levels than non-Bt isolines. Aflatoxin, a mycotoxin contaminating corn and…

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After Bt cotton nod, Kenya sets sights on biotech food crops

June 16, 2020

Towards the end of last year, Kenya approved commercial farming of Bt Cotton, a genetically modified (GM) cotton variety, making it the first biotech crop to be planted in the country after years of research and emotive debates. Adoption of genetically engineered crops initially drew contentious debates in the country, with biotech critics strongly questioning…

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ARA: Ninth Circuit Decision Sets Precedent Dangerous for Agriculture

June 16, 2020

This was written by Daren Coppock, CEO and President of the Agricultural Retailers Association Almost two weeks ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision that vacated the registrations for three dicamba-based herbicides labeled for over-the-top (OTT) application to soybeans and cotton. The precedent set by the Court’s decision is troubling on…

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GMOs stay important despite pushback

June 16, 2020

Bob Hemesath has used GMO products on his farm near Decorah in Northeast Iowa for close to 20 years. “GMO products have been an integral part of our farm operation,” he says. “We use them on just about all our acres … They have enabled us to use practices like no-till and minimum-till and cover…

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USDA eliminates antiquated rules for GMOs which it says will bring plant biotech regulations ‘into the 21st century’

May 26, 2020

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue [May 14] announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform,…

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Bolivia accelerates GMO crop approvals to bolster national food supply, export industries

May 26, 2020

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. Interim President Jeanine Añez of Bolivia issued a Supreme Decree authorizing the National Biosafety Committee to speed up the evaluation of genetically modified (GM) events of five crops namely corn, sugarcane, cotton, wheat,…

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Russia strikes deal to accelerate development of 30 gene-edited crops, animals by 2027

March 9, 2020

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. Russia’s oil giant Rosneft and the Russian government will join forces to develop gene-editing technology, according to a government decree published [March 4]. The deal, which President Vladimir Putin ordered in December, aims…

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