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Gene-edited leafy greens hyped to consumers as a “more appetizing” alternative

In early 2023, consumers will be pitched gene-edited mustard greens with transparent labeling. North Carolina startup Pairwise, founded in 2017, uses genome editing technology that the company claims to increase the “appeal” of fresh vegetables and fruits. In this case, the gene editing is intended to remove the bitter, strong-smelling quality of mustard leaves. The […]

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New study debunks claims that glyphosate-tolerant GMO crops help mitigate climate change

Glyphosate-tolerant crops increase tillage intensity, greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. corn and soybeans as weeds develop resistance to glyphosate—study Proponents of GMO crops have claimed that glyphosate-tolerant GMO corn and soybeans reduce tillage ploughing, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and thereby helps to mitigate climate change. A new study published in Nature blows holes in that […]

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Mexico fights to remain GMO-free in the face of U.S. agribusiness pressure

U.S. non-GMO farmers say they can help meet Mexico’s need for non-GMO corn Last October, Mexico took a strong stand for biodiversity and sent a stinging rebuke to the multi-billion-dollar biotechnology/pesticide industry. The country’s Supreme Court unanimously denied four appeals that biotech companies had filed against a 2013 judicial decision that prohibited them from planting […]

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GMO zebrafish escape into the Brazilian wild—will GM salmon do the same?

In the “first documented case of a genetically engineered animal that has escaped containment and reproduced in the wild,” glowing zebrafish from Brazilian fish farms are reproducing in creeks in the South American Atlantic Forest. Mark Butler, senior adviser with Nature Canada, wonders if the same will happen to the genetically modified salmon being grown […]

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FDA greenlights gene-edited cattle as safe to eat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle. In a press release, Dr. Steven M. Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the approval underscores the agency’s commitment to using a “risk and science-based data-driven process that focuses on safety to the animals containing intentional […]

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