Genetically Modified Food

Risk communication must improve before consumers will accept genome editing technology ©Gio_tto/iStock

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.

New plant breeding techniques: GMOs by another name? ©HYWARDS/iStock

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...

European Parliament votes down draft GM proposal

European Parliament votes down draft GM proposal

By Nathan Gray

The European Parliament has rejected the European Commission’s current proposals to allow individual countries to restrict or ban the sale and use of already approved genetically modified food and feed.

GM is being presented as a silver bullet solution to malnutrition in Africa, says Harvard University's Professor Sheila Jasanoff

live from EFSA's 2nd scientific conference

‘Starving Africa’ cliché used to push GM: Harvard Professor

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn at the Milan Expo

An over-simplistic image of impoverished, malnutritioned Africa is being used to push the case for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a senior Harvard professor has warned.

GM crops could become widespread in Europe after gaining a foothold in the Ukraine and Russia

Ukraine and Russia to be Europe’s GM springboard

By Rick Pendrous

Ukraine and Russia are likely to become the bridgehead for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the rest of Europe, according to the ceo of the French agricultural seeds and grain co-operative Limagrain.

New Séralini study questions legitimacy of GM safety data

New Séralini study questions legitimacy of GM safety data

By Nathan Gray

The validity of safety tests for commercial pesticides and genetically modified foods has been called into question, after French researchers found control diets and historical diet data contained GM materials and possible carcinogens. 

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