GM wheat trials to begin in UK

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GM wheat trials are to begin in the UK next year, after Defra granted Rothamsted Research permission to release wheat lines genetically modified for resistance to aphids. Hertfordshire-based Rothamsted will conduct trials during 2012 and 2013, with independent expert group the Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment (ACRE) – which evaluated its application –…


Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

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In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya’s newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops – but at what cost? There has been a really long-term, ongoing push by Monsanto and USAID to get GM approved in Kenya As the most…


Resistance found in GM maize target pest

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Repeated growing of the same type of genetically modified insect-resistant maize appears to have contributed to the first instances of resistance in western corn rootworm being detected in the USA. Field reports from growers in Iowa of severe rootworm-feeding damage on GM crops engineered to kill the rootworm larvae by producing an insecticidal toxin derived…


GM wheat research in full flow

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After several years of being the forgotten crop in the global development of genetically modified crops, wheat is suddenly smack bang in the middle of most biotech programmes. It was 2004 when Monsanto decided to plug on Roundup Ready wheat, with media reports at the time citing a lack of consumer acceptance as a key…


GM corn being developed for fuel instead of food

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US farmers are growing the first corn plants genetically modified for the specific purpose of putting more ethanol in gas tanks rather than producing more food. Aid organisations warn the new GM corn could worsen a global food crisis exposed by the famine in Somalia by diverting more corn into energy production. The food industry…


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