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29 October 2015
EU Parliament Rejects National Bans on GM Feed
EU - The European Parliament has comprehensively rejected a European Commission plan to allow individual member states to ban genetically modified food or feed on their territories....
14 May 2015
Bayer CropScience Opens Breeding, Trait Development Station
US – Bayer CropScience has opened a new Breeding and Trait Development Station near Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. ...
05 May 2015
Herbicide Resistance Management Improves Yields
US - Farmers are reporting the presence of glyphosate herbicide-resistant weeds in the US, especially in soybeans, but simulations have shown that farmers can benefit economically from persuading...
Fungi Could Form Bio-Fertiliser
UK - Fungi could be used as a 'bio-fertiliser' with the potential to replace unsustainable mined phosphate in future, according to new research from the University of Cambridge....
30 April 2015
Could GM Crops Help Fight Spina Bifida?
GLOBAL - Research published in the International Journal of Biotechnology suggests that the bio-fortification of rice with a gene to produce more folate (vitamin B9) could significantly reduce...
28 April 2015
American Farm Bureau Alarmed by EU GMO Recommendations
US - The American Farm Bureau praised the European Commission (EC) for authorising GMO crops for food and feed, but announced its alarm at proposals for new regulation by member states....
23 April 2015
Switch for Alternative Plant Photosynthesis Pathway Discovered
US - A switch has been identified for an alternative pathway of energy flow in photosynthesis, which helps to balance plant metabolic needs, according to new research....
More Freedom for EU to Decide on Use of GMO's for Food and Feed
EU - The EU Commission has presented the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. ...
Soy Can Help Clean Up Oil Spills
US - Soy lecithin can be used as a chemical dispersant to help clean up oil spills, researchers have discovered....
02 April 2015
Western Australia Could Become GM-free After Election
AUSTRALIA - The Labor Party in Western Australia has said all GM crops would be banned if it wins the next state election....
27 March 2015
Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding
UK - £16 million is being invested in 25 projects aimed at developing innovative business ideas to support UK agriculture....
20 March 2015
IFPRI: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico Home to Half World’s Hungry
GLOBAL - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry,...
11 March 2015
Is It Time the UK Embraced GM Crops?
ANALYSIS - It's been commonplace in the US for years, but the adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has always been a somewhat 'scary' prospect for EU growers, writes Gemma Hyland....
03 March 2015
Regulating Genome-edited Crops that Aren't Strictly GMOs
JAPAN - A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified...
27 February 2015
Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues
POLAND - Around 6000 farmers marched in Warsaw recently to protest the Polish government's failure to address their longstanding demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime...
18 February 2015
Corn Plants Per Acre Continue to Grow in Indiana
US - Indiana corn farmers could raise a record number of plants per acre in 2015, mostly due to new seeding technology and hardier hybrids....
12 February 2015
China Eyes GMO Progress Amid Crop Shrinkage
CHINA - Research and commercialisation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) are expected to gain momentum in China after years of GM crop decline amid public safety concerns....
22 January 2015
Call for Proper Risk Assessment of Possible Endocrine Disruptors
UK -The British Crop Production Council has called for a proper risk assessment on possible endocrine disruptors....
14 January 2015
GM Crops: Greater Control for EU Member States Granted
ANALYSIS - Strict EU regulations on GM crops became a little less so yesterday as MEPs agreed to give Member States the right to ban the growing of GM crops that have been approved as safe, writes...
15 December 2014
New GM Soya to get Approval Soon
EU - The European Union is expected to approve a new GM soyabean for import after the customary split vote among member countries last week....
05 December 2014
Agreement Reached on EU Legislation for GM Crops
EU - EU member states have reached an agreement on new legislation allowing them to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory,...
04 December 2014
ICRISAT Sign MoU with Horticulture Innovation Australia
AUSTRALIA - Hyderabad-based United Nations organisation; International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) has signed a new research memorandum of understanding (MoU)...
02 December 2014
UK, India Collaborate on Crops of the Future
UK & INDIA - Seven new research projects involving collaborations between researchers in the UK and India aim to provide crops suitable for a changing climate and to produce more food with fewer...
13 November 2014
Support for Flexibility of EU Countries to Ban GMO Crops
EU - Long-awaited draft plans to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory - even if it is allowed...
03 November 2014
Position Statement on New Crop Breeding Tools Published
UK - New and improved crop varieties produced with emerging techniques identified by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) could be available world-wide over the...
09 October 2014
Software Tool Delivers GM Data Analysis with Single Click
EU - New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified...
02 October 2014
Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions
US - Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started....
01 October 2014
Is Growing GM Crops Good For the Livestock Sector?
GLOBAL – Growing genetically engineered (GE) crops for animal agriculture is safe and very beneficial, according to a research review assessing the performance of over 100 billion animals....
26 September 2014
Research Evaluates Long-Term Impacts of Feeding GM Crops to Livestock
US - The Research represents the longest-term monitoring of the health-impact of GM crops in history as it examines at 29 years of livestock productivity and health data from both before and...
22 September 2014
McDonald's: Sustainability is Job #1, #2 and #3
ANALYSIS - McDonald's sustainability efforts focus on verifiable sustainable coffee, fish, fiber, palm oil and beef with "beef being Priority Number One, Two and Three."...
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