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Biofortified GM bananas

James Dale is a scientist at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia). His lab has developed a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) banana (Musa × paradisiaca) rich in ‘pro-vitamin A’. Here’s the QUT report. This is the ‘super banana’ … Continue reading

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Scuba rice: biotech crop on a fast track towards release

A new biotech rice variety called Scuba or Swarna-Sub1 is going through field trials in India. It’s a long-grained rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica) designed to be ‘climate-ready’ or ‘climate-smart’. That is, it’s designed to grow well as climates … Continue reading

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FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

Plant diversity is essential in so many ways. So it’s good to learn that the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced ‘voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – or genebanks – around the world that store … Continue reading

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A pest aphid which nicotine doesn’t kill

Three of the pesticides called neonics (neonicotinoids) are under a temporary ban here in Europe. It’s because there’s evidence that they kill bees. Of course bee-killing isn’t the reason neonics were used, and still are used in several countries. They’re … Continue reading

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Rice after Haiyan

A few days after Typhoon Haiyan flattened most of the Philippines, the horror is very present. Emergency help is too little, too late for many people. Some blame climate change. Some think the disaster is being used as an excuse to … Continue reading

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Monsanto completes acquisition of The Climate Corporation

Monsanto announced this week that it has acquired The Climate Corporation. Here’s Monsanto’s press release. Both of these companies are based in the United States but operate worldwide. Monsanto is about seeds, traits (genes and characteristics) and herbicides (weedkillers). You … Continue reading

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Pest evolves better resistance to insecticidal GM crops

A few days ago I reblogged a post about genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered, GE) crops. I said that in my opinion, my fellow blogger Nasir Butt at Agriculture Information Bank sounds a little bit naïve in that … Continue reading

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In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

Originally posted on Paper to Use:
Source: The strange case of genetically engineered wheat on a farm in Oregon remains as mysterious as ever. If anything, it’s grown more baffling. As we reported almost two months ago, the presence of…

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It’s not natural! Intensive farming, synthetic food and synthetic genes

Is it natural? Whatever ‘it’ might be. We live in a world where genes are synthesised routinely and synthetic food isn’t far away. I don’t think there’s much point even asking about ‘natural’ any more. The US Supreme Court has … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Patent Law

Originally posted on Global Food Politics:
A Three-Dimensional Rendering of a DNA Spiral The US Supreme Court last week handed down an important decision governing the expanded use of patents in recent years. The Court’s decision, issued in the case…

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