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Golden rice demo farm looms in Batac City

May 8th, 2018 / Manilla Bulletin, Philippines

A demonstration farm of a genetically-modified golden rice is set to be established in Batac City anytime this year as an alternative solution to malnutrition in the country.
While other farmers here remain skeptical about the reported danger it may pose to public health and biodiversity, the Department of Agriculture-attached agency …

Genetic engineering applied to agriculture has a long row to hoe

May 3rd, 2018 / GM Crops and Food

In spite of the lack of scientific justification for skepticism about crops modified with molecular techniques of genetic engineering, they have been the most scrutinized agricultural products in human history. The assumption that “genetically engineered” or “genetically modified” is a meaningful – and dangerous – classification has led to excessive …

As gene editing nears the field, regulators and consumers lag behind

May 3rd, 2018 / The Progressive Farmer, US

A mushroom that doesn’t brown. White flour with as much fiber as whole-wheat flour. Corn that can fend off northern corn leaf blight. Soybeans that can tolerate salty soils and drought.
These products and dozens more are quietly making their way from laboratories to fields, bypassing the regulatory hurdles that genetically …

Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

May 3rd, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance are the most substantial innovations in sustainable agriculture in the last three decades. In part one, I laid out the context in which I believe they …

Let’s recognize Roundup Ready and Bt crops as major contributions to sustainable farming

May 2nd, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

This is the first in a three-part series making the case that the development of biotech traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance are the most substantial innovations in sustainable agriculture in the last three decades. Here, I lay out the context in which I believe they should be assessed …

Growing more, growing better for Africa’s food security

May 2nd, 2018 / CTA, Netherlands

Professor Sir Gordon Conway writes:
“There are three pillars of sustainable intensification:
Ecological: harnessing nature to support agricultural production. For example, crop rotation or agroforestry are production methods that work with nature to improve soil fertility and build a more sustainable food and nutrition system.
Genetic: new hybrid crops and improved livestock …

Ugandan legislator on why his nation needs to ‘wake up’ on GMOs

May 1st, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Robert Kafeero Sekitoleko is an engineer, legislator and chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Science and Technology in Uganda’s Parliament. He has faced the wrath of opposing forces in an effort to drive the debate and passing of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill to allow GMO crop breeding in Uganda. …

We must stand up for quality seeds

May 1st, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Seed companies, researchers and dealers recently launched the Global Development Alliance in Nairobi in partnership with USAid. Ian Barker is the Head of Agricultural Partnerships at Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He spoke to Leopold Obi about what the alliance is all about and what farmers should expect from it. …

Uganda: ‘Disaster’: Scientists condemn GM law amendments

April 20th, 2018 / Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports:
A number of scientists have expressed shock and anger at the proposed restrictive requirements that were included in the long-awaited law on Biotechnology with some labelling them a disaster and a huge setback for the country.
The angry reactions come in the wake of a new report …

Researchers develop first gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest

April 20th, 2018 / Phys.org

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops.
Research led by Anna Buchman in the lab of …