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15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

            Daniel Norero | Genetic Literacy Project | February 28, 2018   Latin America is a vital region in the global production of genetically modified (GM) crops, with Brazil and Argentina ranked as the world’s second and third largest producers, respectively. Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia are major producers of GM soy, with Chile and Costa Rica functioning as important counter-station seed countries. Other nations, like Colombia and Mexico, still have...

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Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation

            José Roberto Gomes | MARCH 2, 2018   PIRACICABA, Brazil, March 2 (Reuters) – Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project. Developed by Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes that make it resistant to the cane borer, around 100 mills are...

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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

            Paul McDivitt | Genetic Literacy Project | February 19, 2018   While many studies show that genetically modified crops contribute to yield gains, GMO critics say that they don’t. Such claims, they say, are industry talking points drawn from industry-funded studies. Most recently and notably, The New York Times’ Danny Hakim asserted in a 2016 front-page analysis that “genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not...

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After Two Decades And 6,000 Studies, Scientists Find GMO Corn Is Actually Good For You

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

After Two Decades And 6,000 Studies, Scientists Find GMO Corn Is Actually Good For You

            There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). From monikers like “Frankenfoods” to general skepticism, there has been a variety of biased reactions to these organisms, even though we as a species have been genetically modifying our foods in one way or another for approximately 10,000 years. Perhaps some of this distrust will be put to rest with the emergence of a new meta-analysis that...

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When genetic engineering came of age: World’s first GMO—GE insulin—approved 35 years ago

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

When genetic engineering came of age: World’s first GMO—GE insulin—approved 35 years ago

          Henry Miller | October 30, 2017 | Genetic Literacy Project   35 years ago, the world entered an important new era in pharmaceutical development with the approval by the FDA of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria–the world’s first recombinant DNA drug product. As the medical reviewer of the product and the head of the review team, I had a front-row seat. The saga is remarkable in several ways, not least of which is that although...

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