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Half of Europe opts out of new GM crop scheme

Half of the European Union’s 28 countries and three of its regions have opted out of a new GM crop scheme, which could make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are opting out on a regional basis, leaving England the only country in the British Isles to allow GM crop cultivation.  Industry sources warn that Europe...
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Review finds no sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed

A newly published review of the prevalence and impacts of genetically engineered (GE) feedstuffs on livestock populations has concluded that there are no signs of health or nutrition problems as a result of these feeds. The scientists collated information from the scientific literature on the performance and health of animals fed with feedstuffs containing GE ingredients, and on the...
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Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres

A new global assessment helps scientists explain why genetically modified crops have suppressed some pests for more than a decade, while others adapted in a few years More than a billion acres of GM corn and cotton Since 1996, farmers worldwide have planted more than a billion acres (400 million hectares) of genetically modified corn and cotton that produce insecticidal proteins...
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Encouraging messages from the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference

The 2013 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) was held in the first week of January, following the tradition for this annual event. Although the title of the conference was ‘Confident Farmers – Delivering for Society’, the key theme was easily summarised by  Maurice Malloney of Rothamstead’s first slide which stated that “The challenge for global agriculture is...
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More Grapes: Hybrid Antimicrobial Protein Protects Grapevines from Bacterial Pathogen

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), University of California at Davis (UCD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service have created genetic modified (GM) grapevines that produce a hybrid antimicrobial protein that can block Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) infection, a bacterium that causes Pierce’s Disease . Pierce's...
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GM crops tailored to EU taste

Trends in Biotechnology published this month (February 2012 Vol. 30 No.2, 80) a review on intragenesis , genetic engineering approach that consists of the modification of a recipient plant by introducing genetic elements isolated from a sexually compatible donor plant. This new technique created the second generation of GM crops which have the potential to change the European GM crop...
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