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Conflict of interests and evidence base for GM crops safety research

  Source: Nature Biotechnology Dr Miguel Angel Sanchez, Executive Director of ChileBio, studied published peer-reviewed articles on GM safety to learn the extent of literature related to safety; he also analysed the papers for conflicts of interest (COIs). Financial COIs are those where the research is funded by a company …

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Plants engineered for on-demand drought tolerance

Drought tolerance can be induced using a chemical already approved for agriculture. Source: Ars Technica Even under normal circumstances, drought is a regular occurrence in agricultural regions. Several human-driven trends, from groundwater depletion to climate change, are expected to aggravate natural water shortages. While crops can’t be expected to be …

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A farmer harvests rice in China's Jiangsu province,. Photo: Xinhua
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China to enhance public awareness of GM technology

China will step up its efforts in improving public awareness of genetically modified (GM) technology in agriculture in 2015, according to a key policy document released by the Communist Party of China and the government. Source: China Daily The country will strengthen the technical study, safety management and better public …

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Novel oil from glasshouse-grown GM plants can substitute fish oil in fish feeds

Oil derived from GM Camelina plants that have been modified to produce 20 percent EPA in their seeds  is entirely suitable for feeding Atlantic salmon, say scientists. This effectively substitutes for natural fish oil in salmon feeds and provides a sustainable source of omega-3 fish oils.  Source: Rothamsted Research Consumption …

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Nitrogen fertiliser: the fallen hero of agriculture

Large-scale cultivation of ammonia-producing bacteria could be a less energy-intensive and cheaper way to produce ammonia for nitrogen fertiliser than the current industrial process. Another possibility would be the genetic-modification of non-legume crops — such as wheat or rice — with genes from legumes to enable them to be able …

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Nutrition and safety are key to consumer acceptance of GM foods

Research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods – but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food Source: Science Daily “In …

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The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda. Each year Mexican farmers use more than 3,000 tons of insecticide active ingredient to combat this insect on maize alone
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Insect-resistant maize could increase yields and decrease pesticide use in Mexico

Integrated pest management could cut the reliance of Mexican maize farmers rely on chemical pesticides Source: EurekaAlert Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38 percent below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30 percent of its maize from foreign sources to …

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A GM field trial in Brazil in 2011. Plant scientists accuse the EU of preventing such experiments in Brazil for political reasons. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on ‘political’ grounds

Politicians who ignore message cannot in future say they take science seriously, open letter says Source: The Guardian Twenty-one of Europe’s most prominent plant scientists have signed an open letter warning that Europe may lose its prime research position unless field trials are allowed of genetically modified (GM) plant varieties …

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FAO calls for “paradigm shift” towards sustainable agriculture and family farming

Director-General urges support for science-based options in pursuit of global food security Source: FAO Policy makers should support a broad array of approaches to overhauling global food systems, making them healthier and more sustainable while acknowledging that “we cannot rely on an input intensive model to increase production and that …

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GM agricultural technologies for Africa: state of affairs

Agricultural biotechnology has been used to address constraints in agriculture and has the potential to make a major contribution to the overall goal of sustainable intensification. The adoption of agricultural biotechnology, and specifically genetically modified (GM) crops, by many African countries has been quite limited to date, however. Source: IFPRI …

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