Saturday, November 28

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Judge rules GMO salmon needs more environmental assessment, but can still be sold
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Judge rules GMO salmon needs more environmental assessment, but can still be sold

Genetically modified food — which will be labeled as "bioengineered," per the federal labeling law — has been a flashpoint of controversy throughout the last decade. But this court decision could easily be seen as a win for both sides. AquaBounty got most of what it wanted, and the FDA approval of GMO salmon still stands. But opponents secured a victory by forcing more stringent environmental consideration for new GMO food. This lawsuit was filed soon after FDA granted its approval for AquAdvantage, which can grow twice as fast as wild salmon, and is raised in tanks at a facility in Indiana. The salmon, which has a growth hormone gene from the Pacific Chinook variety and a gene from the ocean pout species, is the first GMO species that has been approved for human consumption. And, accor...
Sugar beet industry flips narrative on GMO crops
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Sugar beet industry flips narrative on GMO crops

It's only been a few years since U.S. sugar beet farmers faced a potential financial crisis due to negative public perceptions about food products derived from biotechnology. Nowadays, however, the sugar beet industry is flipping the narrative, capitalizing on what was once its Achilles heel — its universal adoption of GMO seed. Since, 2009, the nation's sugar beet crop has been almost entirely planted in seed genetically modified to resist glyphosate herbicide, which is produced at Bayer's Soda Springs plant. Lately, to strike a chord with an increasingly environmentally conscious consumer base, the sugar beet industry has been touting how biotechnology has made its crop production system far more sustainable. Idaho is the No. 2 state in production of sugar beets by ton. Read ...
Are there Benefits to Genetically Modified Food?
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Are there Benefits to Genetically Modified Food?

Genetically modified food (GMO) is more common than ever. Still, people often view it as the product of a dystopian society. Thus, there’s a tendency to reject it. After all, modifying something as established as the genetic code of our surroundings can’t be good, right? Thus, different interviews revealed that the rejection of these types of food is fairly high among the population. This is because 33.4% of those interviewed think they provide more harm than benefits, while their acceptance is only 22.8%. There are still mixed feelings on this topic, but first, let’s be clear as to what a GMO actually is. What’s genetically modified food? Genetically modified food is food resulting from an organism modified by genetic engineering. In these foods, genes from another living being ha...
Non-GMO advocates hail ‘first open source detection test’ for a gene-edited GM crop
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Non-GMO advocates hail ‘first open source detection test’ for a gene-edited GM crop

“This advance resolves doubts regarding the feasibility of extending the regulatory approach currently employed for recombinant DNA-based GMOs to genome-edited organisms,”​ said the scientists behind the study. The paper summarizing their findings has been published in Foods​.​ ​ The term ‘gene editing’ or ‘genome editing’ is often used to refer to new genetic engineering techniques that make it possible to obtain new traits to plants without adding any foreign genetic material. The most prominent technique is CRISPR-Cas. Those opposed to such new techniques say that, besides intended changes, gene editing also causes unintended genetic alterations that can affect the products’ safety for consumers and the environment. They argue that the long-term health and environmental impact of ...
Joanna Blythman: If gene editing to ‘improve’ food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is
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Joanna Blythman: If gene editing to ‘improve’ food sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is

IMAGINE having a pair of magic scissors that would allow you to ‘improve’ natural food. With these scissors you could cut away all the annoying things about it and paste in desirable new characteristics: higher yields, superior nutrients, and so on. Theoretically speaking, such a technology is with us now: gene or genome editing. The most publicised of these “molecular scissors” to date is CRISPR, but there are others. Despite the diplomatically opaque new name, gene editing is turbo-charged genetic engineering, only so far with better PR. But if the free traders and corporate influencers in Westminster get their way and deregulate the law that currently governs genetic engineering there, gene edited foods could be green lighted, unlabelled, for English plates, so that most people woul...
Have your cake and eat it too, so long as they’re GMO: 5 Reasons GMO should be on your shopping list
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Have your cake and eat it too, so long as they’re GMO: 5 Reasons GMO should be on your shopping list

Impossible Burger is a household name best recognized for its successful introduction of a plant-based burger that “bleeds” and has no animal hormones or antibiotics. But, there is another notable “first” for Impossible Burger—it is the first product in stores to adopt the new USDA-approved “bioengineered” GMO (genetically modified organism) product label that will soon be federally-mandated. This puts a spotlight on a major debate: the safety of GMO products.   While there have been no proven documented cases of GMOs causing harm in humans or animals, numerous studies show that consumers generally don’t understand or lack familiarity with GMOs and are decidedly wary to try products that are genetically engineered.  For example, the pro-GMO organization GMO Answers found that 70% of...
25 Years of GMOs
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25 Years of GMOs

It has been 25 years since GMO crops first came on the market. Since then, GMOs have not just transformed agriculture by providing a valuable tool for farmers, but they have also helped the environment, consumers, and communities around the world. GMOs are an important tool in the fight against climate change, thanks to no-till farming which allows for lower CO2 emissions and helps soil health and water quality. GMOs also preserve habitats by allowing farmers to grow more on less land. Over 25 years, GMOs have helped provide greater food security through increased yields and GMOs that help fight food waste. GMOs have also helped consumers through lower food prices, and farmers through increased return on investment, especially in low-income countries. GMOs are an important ...
Unfavourable attitudes toward genetically modified food predict negative feelings about other food technologies
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Unfavourable attitudes toward genetically modified food predict negative feelings about other food technologies

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that people who hold negative opinions of genetically-modified (GM) food are likely to feel the same about nano-enabled food—food with nano-additives to enhance flavour, nutrition or prolong shelf life. In a survey of 1,000 respondents led by NTU comprising adult Singaporeans and permanent residents, close to a third found GM food unappealing, and their negative feelings influenced how they viewed nano-enabled food. Over a third felt neutral about GM food, while the remaining respondents welcomed it. While the study focused specifically on reactions towards nano-enabled foods, lead investigator and NTU Associate Professor Shirley Ho said that ...
Genetically Modified Food Market to reach 130 million tons next year
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Genetically Modified Food Market to reach 130 million tons next year

Despite all of the criticism and hindrances, the GMO food market has started picking up in recent years due to the nutritional value it offers. However, the GMO food market is in its nascent stage and has a long way to go to reach every shelf in the market. As the demand for GMO food is on a continuous rise, stacked traits, a mix of more than one transgene, is expected to see the highest growth when compared to Herbicide Tolerance (HT) and Insect Resistance (IR). The research predicted that production of genetically modified crops will increase from 112 million tons in 2015 to 130 million tons in the year 2021. The report on the Genetically Modified Food market provides a bird’s eye view of the current proceeding within the Genetically Modified Food market. Continue reading...
GMOs 101: FDA launches GMO consumer education initiative
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GMOs 101: FDA launches GMO consumer education initiative

The FDA, USDA and EPA have launched ‘Feed Your Mind’, a new Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative that aims to increase consumer awareness and understanding of genetically engineered foods (GMOs). The GMO science-based consumer education initiative between the FDA, USDA, and EPA was funded by Congress in 2017. "Feed Your Mind is our new education initiative to help consumers better understand genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms," stated the FDA on the new Feed Your Mind website. “Despite there being a wide range of foods — GMO and non-GMO — available to consumers, there is some confusion around what GMOs are and how they are used in our food supply.” Read more here...