This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of biotech potatoes. They’re engineered not to develop ugly black bruises — McDonald’s, which gets many of its fries from Simplot, rejects those.
Rats fed either genetically engineered corn or the herbicide Roundup had an increased risk of developing tumors, suffering organ damage and dying prematurely, according to a new study that was immediately swept up into the furor surrounding crop biotechnology when it was released Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. — It’ll be up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service whether implement interim rules and procedures that may allowed to plant Roundup Ready sugar beets in 2011.
Most of the Red River Valley’s 2010 sugar beet crop could be affected by a federal judge’s ruling expected later this week.
The ruling could prohibit area beet farmers from planting beets that have been genetically modified. If so, farmers would need to plant conventional sugar beets, supplies of which are limited, officials say.
I suspect that in the right regulatory environment, we could be planting cold-tolerant corn within a few years.
February 23, 2010
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