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A "rogue" strain ofexperimental, unapproved genetically modified wheat is found in a field in Oregon. No one knows how it got there ... Posted on 5/31/13 at 9:29 AM
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.
China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG.
Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Jan. 16 to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients.
Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.
Beijing’s renewal of expired import certificates of several biotech corn strains last week is an encouraging sign that the U.S. and China will soon resolve the import dispute over an unapproved corn variety that has caused the rejection of several U.S. corn shipments, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday.
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