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Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change

The National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed GMO safety and pointed to the potential for future improvements

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GM food generally safe for humans and the environment, report says

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report on Tuesday.

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East Africa: Biotechnology in Africa - Some Are Cautious, Others Take the Plunge

Scientists breeding crops using biotechnology are bound to safe use. This therefore calls for each country to make sure that there is a legal framework in place.

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Ugandan Legislators Pressed On Passing GMO Law Quickly

Kampala — A cross section of farmers and national legislators want the outgoing Parliament to quickly pass the Biosafety and Biotechnology Bill 2012 before their term ends this month.

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GM crop planting declines for the first time

The 1% decline — the first in the technology’s 20-year global commercial history — was primarily due to an overall decrease in both GM and non-GM crops caused by low commodity prices, says the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit biotech in ...

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China to greatly expand GM crops

China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM crop developer Syngenta will be taken over by a Chinese state-owned firm.

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U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval

U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

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Groups reject planned introduction of genetically modified maize, cotton in Nigeria

No fewer than 100 rights groups and faith-based organisations have opposed attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.

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Policy: Reboot the debate on genetic engineering

Genetic engineering (GE) has become increasingly contentious in recent years. Thousands of citizens and stakeholders in the United States are currently striving to pass mandatory food-labelling laws, ban certain GE products and create GE-free zones for growing food.

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PH approves GMO guidelines

The Philippine government has officially approved a more stringent set of regulations to manage the propagation and sale of biotechnology seeds in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.

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Philippines signs new GMO rules, food industry relieved

The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations, providing relief to farmers and importers worried that any delay would spark a food crisis.

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A Visual Guide to Genetic Modification

In this month’s issue of Scientific American, Stephen S. Hall tells the story of how the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR could transform the agricultural industry.

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GMO Labeling: Should Food Packaging Identify Genetically Modified Organisms?

For many grocery shoppers, supermarket aisles have become a quite confusing place.

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Philippines expects to finalize GMO rules in next few days, misses Weds target

The Philippines expects to finalize a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms over the next few days, after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations in the nation that has been seen as a trailblazer for GMO in Asia.

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Stakeholders validate liability, redress regime for Biosafety Act

Stakeholders meet this morning at Sibane Hotel to validate last year’s report on a study on liability and redress regime for biosafety issues in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Act, 2012 and the existing country regimes.

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Tanzania: GMO's Crucial in Increasing Crop Output

Mwanza — Commission for Science and technology (COSTEC), conducted a one day awareness workshop to deliberate on how crop genetic engineering can be used in improving productivity.

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GMO consultations extended

PUBLIC consultations on the crafting of a joint administrative order governing the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) have been extended by government line agencies in order to address all concerns from stakeholders, especially small farmers and environment groups.

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GM Mustard faces new hurdles: Eight more tests, risk report

Before the fresh review procedure starts, the committee will meet first — likely on March 3 — to finalise the modalities for preparing the RARM report “including roles, responsibilities, consultation, time lines etc”.

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Experts bat for reversal of high court ruling on GM crop

[MANILA] Proponents of the controversial Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant in the Philippines are asking the government to issue new regulations governing food crops produced through genetic engineering.

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Kenya approves limited GM maize release

[NAIROBI] Kenya says more tests and safeguards are needed before genetically modified (GM) maize seeds can be grown commercially in the country.

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European Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

The three GM soybeans are engineered to tolerate spraying with glyphosate or a combination of glyphosate and other herbicides.

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India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

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India needs home-grown GM food to stop starvation

At the beginning of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a road map to guide India’s science and technology over the next two decades.

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Govt starts debate on GM mustard launch despite opposition

NEW DELHI: India's chief scientific adviser has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide the fate of the country's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, and a recent meeting suggests authorities may support commercialisation.

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Father of green revolution MS Swaminathan pitches for field trials of GM crops

EW DELHI: At the time when many states do not appear to be keen on allowing field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has come out with a solution, suggesting that the country's premier research institution - Indian Council of Agricultural Re ...

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Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops as drought blights continent

A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports.

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Uganda: How Biotechnology Can Be Used to Improve Aquaculture

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic animals, has been identified by the government as means to improve food and nutrition security and contribute to economic activity and household incomes.

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It’s practically impossible to define “GMOs”

Debates rage over what to do about genetically modified organisms, but we rarely stop to ask a more basic question: Do GMOs really exist? It’s an important question, because no one in this debate can tell you precisely what a GMO is. I’ve come to the conclusion that “GMO” is a cultural construct ...

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Exclusive: Philippine government to challenge ban on GMO imports ordered by top court

The Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country's top court, after the ruling rattled global markets this week over the threat of disruption to millions of tonnes of soybean meal shipments.

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India's top GMO regulator's 'Contempt of Court' over GM mustard trials

India's Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee stands accused of Contempt of Court for evading Supreme Court orders to carry out full biosafety tests on GM crops and publish its data

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Let's pool knowledge together on Biotechnology - Ayariga

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, Mahama Ayariga has called on the proponents and skeptics of biotechnology to pool their knowledge together to achieve the collective goal of food security and food sovereignty.

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‘Kill switches’ could make genetically modified food more palatable

In the US you can buy and eat genetically modified apples that don’t go brown, potatoes that are less likely to cause cancer, and – as of recently – salmon that grow faster. But in Europe, 19 out of 28 member states have banned the growing of genetically modified crops altogether due to public c ...

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Pass the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, Sekandi urges

Vice President Edward Kiwaunka Sekandi has called upon Parliament to pass the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012.

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Salmon approval heralds rethink of transgenic animals

Long-awaited decision by US government authorizes the first genetically engineered animal to be sold as food.

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GMO food animals should be judged by product, not process, scientists say

In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, says a UC Davis animal scientist.

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FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon

Federal regulators approved the production and commercial sale of a strain of salmon whose DNA has been changed to make it grow faster, marking the first U.S. approval for a genetically modified farm animal.

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Uganda: Acceptance of GM Crops Spreads As Agricultural Challenges Increase

The Kenyan government is considering lifting the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which will probably be this month.

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Biotech bid to take shark off the menu and cut the fin trade

A new San Francisco startup is hoping to combat the trade in shark fins with biotechnology.

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NGOs urges govt not to approve GM mustard

New Delhi: Civil society groups including Coalition for a GM-free India Friday asked the government not to approve commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard because of biosafety and health concerns.

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Two-thirds of EU states to ban GM crop cultivation

The European Commission has announced 19 EU member states will be able to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Environmental groups praised the news.

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Farmers Cry Foul Over GM Mustard Cultivation

CHENNAI: Five years ago, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had put an indefinite moratorium on the commercial cropping of Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal. However now, the Centre is considering commercial cultivation of a genetically modified hybrid variety of mustard.

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Brazil poised to break global moratorium on GM Terminator seeds

Government disarray often offers opportunities for lobby groups, and Brazil is no exception.

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More than half of EU officially bans genetically modified crops

It’s a landslide. More than half the 28 countries in the European Union, including Germany and France, have decided to ban their farmers from growing genetically modified crops. Several regions, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have also joined the movement.

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Half of Europe opts out of new GM crop scheme

Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free

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Europe's GMO compromise: bound to unravel?

Six months after a European Union compromise allowing member states to decide themselves whether or not to grow genetically modified crops, half the bloc's members has announced plans to ban them. How will this play out?

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Was the Scottish Government right to ban GM crops?

THEY have not been grown in Scotland since 2001 but remain a divisive political issue.

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Poland opts out of GMOs

Poland is the latest country to reject genetically modified organisms in their food production, thus exercising a right granted to all EU member states earlier this year.

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Harvesting clues to GMO dilemmas from China's soybean fields

China's struggle -- mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect: In China's case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean -- by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheape ...

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East Africa: Making Case for Genetically Modified Foods

Kenya will soon lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), wedging the gates of GMO acceptance a bit wider in the region.

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Agriculture MEPs call for rejection of GMO plan

MEPs from the agriculture committee spoke out on Thursday (3 September) against a proposal by the European Commission to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the first legal protest following an already widely verbalised opposition to the plan.

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