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EU approves €54bn Bayer-Monsanto deal

By Will Chu

The European Commission has approved Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto, with the German pesticides supplier committed to selling off certain parts of its business as part of the agreement.

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SPECIAL EDITION: ORGANIC AND NON-GMO

Can organic food capitalise on flagging confidence in the food industry?

By David Burrows

Since the horsemeat scandal of 2013 there has been a steady stream of food scares and scandals, which has played neatly into the hands of organic food. Sales were up more than 11% in Europe at the last count, but is the sector making the most of growing...

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Consumer understanding of genome editing ‘essential’ – BfR

By Katy Askew

Educating consumers about the nature of emerging genome editing methodology and appropriate risk communication will be “essential” to developing a public discourse around this new technology, according to German research and scientific advisory body BfR.

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Should ‘precision breeding’ biotech be included in GMO regulation?

By Katy Askew

Developments in genetic coding techniques open the doorway to crops that produce higher yields or have positive characteristics, such as drought or pest resistance. The EU regulates the cultivation and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food...

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