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Gene edited soybean failing due to slow adoption by farmers, low crop yields

The first gene edited crop to be commercialized in the United States has been a flop. Biotechnology company Calyxt touted the launch of its gene edited soybean, which aims to produce high oleic soybean oil, in 2019. But a December 2020 report by the investment magazine Seeking Alpha says “the company disappointed investors with delayed […]

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China inches toward commercial planting of GM crops

The Chinese government has never allowed domestic planting of GM corn and soybean varieties, but it is nearing approval of two modified crops. The push reflects a desire for greater food security—China currently is a very large importer of corn and soybeans. The glufosate and glufosinate-resistant soybean DBN9004 has already received approval in Argentina; the […]

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Washington apples receive non-GMO certificates to gain entry to India

India has been Washington State’s 12th largest apple export customer, but on March 1, 2021, its Food Safety and Standards Authority began requiring fruits and vegetables imports to carry non-GMO certificates. The U.S. pressured India to drop demand for GMO-free documentation, insisting that it was an “unreasonable” request since over 90% of U.S. apple exports […]

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How do genetically engineered crops speed up the spread of plant pests?

Adverse environmental effects in insecticidal Bt plant cultivation Recent Chinese and Brazilian studies strongly indicate that the cultivation of transgenic insecticidal plants can speed up the spread of specific plant pests. Unexpected and complex environmental interactions play a crucial role in this context. The research was carried out with genetically engineered (GE) cotton and soybeans […]

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Vilsack claims Mexico GMO corn ban doesn’t apply to animal feed

Mexico’s plan to ban imports of GMO corn from the U.S. applies to corn used for food but not animal feed, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack made the claim based on recent talks he had with Mexico’s Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos Arambula. Vilsack says the exemption of feed-grade corn from the ban […]

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