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LOOKING FOR A ‘DO OVER’ WITH CRISPR

Food industry groups are hoping for to push the reset button with consumers on the newest genetic technology, CRISPR. Trying to get ahead of the negative press that’s plagued earlier technology, like GMOs, industry groups have joined forces to form the Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture. (NPR’s The Salt)

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SEED COMPANIES JUMP INTO GENE EDITING

Monsanto and DuPont are betting that gene editing technology will help farmers increase yields, and hopefully, reset a long-running debate over genetically engineered seeds. Executives say they’re working to introduce the technology to consumers in a way that doesn’t stoke the same fears as earlier biotech advances. “There’s a big piece of this that is… read more

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PRECISION GENE EDITING A ‘GAME CHANGER’

Monsanto’s agreement this year to use CRISPR technology represents a key advancement in the world of crop improvements as it could provide a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted improvements in a cell’s DNA. “Precision (gene) editing is poised to deliver new improvements,” said Robb Fraley, chief technology officer, Monsanto. “Breeding has changed… read more

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#CHINA OK’s IMPORTS OF TWO #GMO PRODUCTS

China approved imports of two new varieties of GMO crops, clearing the way for U.S. ag companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. The decision affects GE corn and soybean varieties developed by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and comes after China agreed to speed reviews of biotech applications as a part of the trade… read more

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GMO LABEL BAN STALLS IN SENATE

Senate Republican efforts to stop mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods have stalled. The Senate on at 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer, and other states are considering similar… read more

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CAMPBELL SOUP LABELS

The Campbell Soup Co. says it will start labeling its products for the presence of biotech ingredients, a landmark break from the rest of the conventional food industry. Campbell made clear that it still supported the use of genetic engineering in agriculture but said that there is a need for national labeling standards that would… read more

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GMO BLITZ

To combat negative reports about genetically modified crops, the Chinese government has started a media blitz to educate the public about the benefits of genetically modified grains and oilseeds.

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THE BIG G

General Mills shareholders rejected a resolution Tuesday that would have forced removal of genetically-modified organisms from the company’s products. The vote was 97% against the ban.

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