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Is the law about genetic modification out of date?

In the United States, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops and livestock. Heidi Ledford at Nature tells us about loopholes which some researchers now use to avoid the long, costly … Continue reading

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Scientific truth about agri biotechnology

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
NASIR BUTT Introduction of new technologies has always been resisted in any field by the people who are the beneficiaries of the status-quo and those afraid of any new technology. Same thing is happening…

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Irradiated seeds combat world’s most serious wheat disease

Wheat (Triticum spp.) is a staple food in many parts of the world. You can follow my ‘wheat’ tag for more about this crop. Now there are two new varieties to resist a devastating wheat disease. If you’re growing wheat, … Continue reading

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Conventional Plant Breeding

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
Since the practice of agriculture began, eight to ten thousand years ago, farmers have been altering the genetic makeup of the crops they grow. Early farmers selected the best looking plants and seeds and…

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Getting to the grist about GM (part 3)

My fellow blogger applpy at Thought + Food draws attention to a series of articles about genetic modification. That’s GM, also called genetic engineering or GE. It’s a kind of biotechnology. These articles (see my ‘biotechnology’ tag) are by Nathanael … Continue reading

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GMO Myths and Truths

Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson and John Fagan of the not-for-profit Earth Open Source are two scientists and a journalist. They’re not very impressed with genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering or GE) as a tool for feeding the world. … Continue reading

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