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Insects increasingly resistant to GMO Bt corn

Proponents of genetically engineered crops often point to Bt insect resistant corn as a success in reducing pesticide use. That claim is now eroding as the devastating pest, western corn rootworm, is increasingly developing resistance to Bt corn including “pyramided” Bt corn hybrids. This past October, Corteva Agriscience informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that […]

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GM corn lacking in protein and nutrients, study finds

Rareseeds.com, the website for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, has produced a study showing that genetically modified corn has significantly less protein than traditional or heirloom varieties. GM corn also lacks the large amounts of anthocyanin in native varieties, an antioxidant enhancing heart health and helping prevent some cancers. GM corn was found to have 28 […]

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U.S. project uses virus-carrying insects to genetically engineer crops, raising biological weapon concerns

The U.S. Defense Department says it is developing a new $27 million program—“Insect Allies”—to protect the food supply against pests, disease, or drought. But international scientists and lawyers worry that the technology could be used as a military application. Bugs carrying genetically modified viruses will spread them to crops such as tomatoes and corn, altering […]

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New plant-based certification to allow 5 percent GMO ingredients

The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) recently launched a new Certified Plant Based program, the first and only plant-based food certification. The new program allows 5 percent genetically modified ingredients to be used in certified plant-based foods. The Certified Plant Based protocol, which focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods, specifies the criteria required to […]

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Bound to fail: The flawed scientific foundations of agricultural genetic engineering (part 1)

Half a century on from the first promises of wondercrops, GM has delivered little of value—and the same will be true of the new gene-edited GMOs, says researcher Dr. Angelika Hilbeck The GMO food venture is bound to fail because it is based on flawed scientific foundations. This was the message of a public talk given by […]

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