GMOs 2.0/Synthetic Biology

Unnatural: GMO 2.0 companies at Natural Products Expo West spark controversy

Natural food retailers denounce lack of transparency as GMO 2.0 companies promote their products at world’s largest natural food tradeshow Natural Products Expo West recently returned as an in-person event after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show, which is organized by New Hope Network, was considered a success as 57,000 people attended along […]

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Calling the latest gene technologies ‘natural’ is a semantic distraction—they must still be regulated

By Jack Heineman, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Canterbury, Brigitta Kurenbach, University of Canterbury, Deborah Paull, University of Canterbury, Sophie Walker, Guest Lecturer, University of Canterbury Legislators around the world are being asked to reconsider how to regulate the latest developments in gene technology, genome editing and gene silencing. Both the European Court […]

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Synthetic biology products entering the market unregulated, unlabeled—and even with non-GMO claims

Up until a few years ago, the only genetically engineered products in the marketplace were agricultural crops—corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, and a few others. These were developed using transgenic technology—taking genes from one species and inserting them into the DNA of a crop such as corn or soybeans. But in recent years, products made using […]

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GMO ice cream rushed to market; maker hides that it is GMO-derived

Brands use Perfect Day® synbio proteins to create GMO ice cream A genetically engineered ice cream has been rushed to market with consumer messaging that obscures the fact that the ice cream is GMO, according to a prominent public health attorney. The Urgent Company recently launched Brave Robot ice cream, which is made using synthetic […]

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New test for gene edited crops will help organic and non-GMO food sectors keep new GMOs under control

In September, a group of non-governmental organizations, non-GMO food associations, and a food retailer announced that the first-ever public detection method for a gene-edited crop had been successfully developed and published. The gene-edited crop is an herbicide-tolerant canola, called SU Canola, developed by U.S. biotechnology company Cibus. John Fagan, Ph.D., CEO and chief science officer of Health […]

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