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GMO food is one of the most controversial issues in modern agriculture. To its supporters, food that contains genetically modified organisms is safe and necessary to feed a hungry world. To its critic... Posted on 4/11/14 at 10:35 AM
China has still not approved a gene-modified strain of corn known as MIR162, the government said on Friday, prolonging a ban that has seen nearly 1 million metric tons of the U.S. grain turned away from Chinese ports since November.
China’s quality watchdog at the northern city of Tianjin turned away 21,800 metric tons of U.S. corn after detecting an unapproved genetically modified corn strain (GMO), the official Xinhua news agency reported.
A public interest group is asking a court to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to turn over documents explaining its approval of a genetically altered alfalfa, even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential to do environmental damage.
Europe’s stringent regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops has no rational basis and should be revamped to allow countries who want to opt out and grow GM foods to do so, British scientific advisers said on Friday.
China’s process to approve Syngenta’s MIR162 genetically modified corn is underway after the firm submitted additional material to authorities in November and should go through quickly, says Vice Agriculture Minister Niu Dun.
Growing crops free from contamination by genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination are needed, according to report issued on Monday by an environmental organization and an organic food group.
China’s approval process for GMO grains has become “overly political,” “unpredictable and nontransparent,” an American industry group said on Thursday, in the strongest criticism of Beijing’s biotech policy since China began rejecting thousands of metric tons of genetically modified corn last year.
After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environment and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
U.S. food companies are rushing to offer consumers thousands of products free of genetically modified ingredients, but are finding the effort costly and cumbersome in a landscape dominated by the controversial biotech crops.
France published a decree Feb. 17 to prevent the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize as a stop-gap measure, while the government works on changes to domestic and European laws to ensure a longer-term ban.
European Union ministers were divided on Tuesday over whether to allow a new strain of genetically modified maize to be grown on EU soil, handing responsibility for the decision to the European Commission, the EU executive.
The world’s largest crop chemicals company, Syngenta AG, has commitments to sell its full supply of a genetically modified (GM) corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera or MIR 162 for the 2014 growing season, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday.
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