Kiel University study: Double disaster — Europe’s Green Deal Farm to Fork plan would undermine environmental sustainability goals with no significant  economic payoff

Kiel University study: Double disaster — Europe’s Green Deal Farm to Fork plan would undermine environmental sustainability goals with no significant economic payoff

Christin Beeck | 
A significant reduction in agricultural production in the European Union with full implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy of ...
Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

David Matthews | 
The UK is gearing up to diverge from the EU and make it easier to research and commercially cultivate genetically ...
Viewpoint: Organic only experiment in Sri Lanka goes awry — 'The government would do well to listen to the country’s agricultural scientists and not to quacks masquerading as experts'

Viewpoint: Organic only experiment in Sri Lanka goes awry — ‘The government would do well to listen to the country’s agricultural scientists and not to quacks masquerading as experts’

R Ramakumar | 
[Sri Lankan] President Rajapaksa’s ill-conceived and extremist policy, announced in April this year, of banning the import of all chemical ...
Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

The [European] Commission has finally released a study on the impact of its F2F and Biodiversity Strategy proposals on the ...
Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Victor Bhoroma | 
[Cotton] is the second most important cash crop in Zimbabwe (after tobacco) in terms of export earnings (earnings of US$30,1 ...
Viewpoint: Sri Lanka economic crisis deepens as recently-imposed chemical fertilizer ban stirs inflation in a country already suffering from the pandemic

Viewpoint: Sri Lanka economic crisis deepens as recently-imposed chemical fertilizer ban stirs inflation in a country already suffering from the pandemic

Vivian Fernandes | 
An ill-advised ban on the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, combined with pandemic-induced contraction of the economy and decline ...
Uganda’s costly dithering on GMOs

Uganda’s costly dithering on GMOs

Steven Cerier | 
Uganda has a very extensive research and confined field-testing program for GMO crops that include disease-resistant potatoes, cassava and bananas, ...
Sri Lanka’s plan to go ‘all organic’ and end use of synthetic chemicals leaves staple tea industry in 'complete disarray'

Sri Lanka’s plan to go ‘all organic’ and end use of synthetic chemicals leaves staple tea industry in ‘complete disarray’

Sri Lanka’s drive to become the world’s first 100 percent organic food producer threatens its prized tea industry and has ...
Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Steven Cerier | 
On December 19, 2019, the Kenyan government approved the cultivation of GMO cotton after five years of field trials and ...
For the first time, India opens gates to imported GM farm products for use as animal feed

For the first time, India opens gates to imported GM farm products for use as animal feed

Parthasarathi Biswas | 
The first consignment of 50,000 tonnes of genetically modified (GM) soyameal from Bangladesh has arrived in India via the land ...
Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

A Senior Research Scientist with the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ...
Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Peter Theuri | 
Experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are now keen to extinguish a lingering assumption that genetic modification, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Green neo-colonialism’ — Utopian visions of organic farming promote starvation in Africa

James Njoroge | 
Across Africa, farmers and governments are struggling to feed growing populations. Ongoing and deadly locusts and Fall Armyworm infestations, cancer-causing ...
CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

Hertfordshire-based experiments will be the first field trials of CRISPR edited wheat anywhere in the UK or Europe. The wheat ...
Instituted to protect our food, the ‘precautionary principle’ often perpetuates fears and does more harm than good

Instituted to protect our food, the ‘precautionary principle’ often perpetuates fears and does more harm than good

Richard Williams | 
The origin of the term “better safe than sorry” goes back to a book written in 1837, Rory O’More. The rest ...
GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Climate change could boost crop yields in the coming decades, but pests enabled by the warmer temperatures may offset whatever ...
Which genetically engineered plant traits need US government approval? Federal government offers new guidance

Which genetically engineered plant traits need US government approval? Federal government offers new guidance

Steve Davies | 
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing draft guidance for a new regulatory review process aimed at determining ...
What’s holding up biotech crop commercialization in China?

What’s holding up biotech crop commercialization in China?

Alanna Rennie, Andrew Sim | 
GMOs are a hot societal topic within China. For a long time, China’s policy with respect to GMOs has been, ...
Ghana edges toward adopting pest resistant GMO cowpea

Ghana edges toward adopting pest resistant GMO cowpea

Joseph Gakpo | 
[The Ghanian] government says its decision on whether to approve Ghana’s first genetically modified crop will be based on science ...
GM crops: Kenya and Nigeria progress as Uganda falters

GM crops: Kenya and Nigeria progress as Uganda falters

John Agaba | 
Though several African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia, are making tremendous strides in their quest to develop and commercialize ...
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GLP Podcast: ‘Big Fears, Little Risks’ — Documentary featuring GLP experts tackles GMO, vaccine skepticism

Azel James, Cameron English, Matty Cardarople | 
The evidence is in: genetic engineering promotes sustainable farming; vaccines save lives; and nuclear energy is our best hope of ...
Viewpoint: Politics — not science — driving Canadian policy decisions over glyphosate and other agricultural tools

Viewpoint: Politics — not science — driving Canadian policy decisions over glyphosate and other agricultural tools

Barb Glen, Bruce Dyck, Karen Briere, Mike Raine | 
Ahead of a federal election call, three [Canadian] federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have ...
Will approval of vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice in the Philippines open floodgates for other GM biofortified crops and foods?

Will approval of vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice in the Philippines open floodgates for other GM biofortified crops and foods?

Maya Posch | 
After decades in development, the Philippines became the first country on July 21st of this year to formally approve the ...
GMOs and gene edited foods face novel and sometimes conflicting regulations around the world. This study compares EU’s shut-down restrictions with 6 countries

GMOs and gene edited foods face novel and sometimes conflicting regulations around the world. This study compares EU’s shut-down restrictions with 6 countries

Novel foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are subject to a large variation in regulatory approaches around the world, with ...
Part 2: Viewpoint — Digging into the 'prejudices' that have plagued the Cartagena Protocol's misguidance on international regulation of agricultural biotechnology

Part 2: Viewpoint — Digging into the ‘prejudices’ that have plagued the Cartagena Protocol’s misguidance on international regulation of agricultural biotechnology

Giovanni Molteni Tagliabue | 
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Convention on Biological Diversity 2000), which was adopted in 2000 and entered into force in ...
Part 1: Viewpoint — 'Misguided and counterproductive': Why the world needs to scrap the Cartagena Safety Protocol that influences regulation and impedes global trade of GM seeds and plants

Part 1: Viewpoint — ‘Misguided and counterproductive’: Why the world needs to scrap the Cartagena Safety Protocol that influences regulation and impedes global trade of GM seeds and plants

Giovanni Molteni Tagliabue | 
According to a long-time and widespread scientific consensus, agri-food biotechnology regulation should focus on the risks and benefits of each ...
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