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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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#FARMERS GO AFTER ‘FEAR-BASED’ MARKETING

The National Milk Producers Federation is going after ‘fear-based’ marketing and false labels in its new “Peel Back the Label” campaign. The group is urging companies to stop using labels such as “GMO-free,” saying such slogans are raising fears unnecessarily about things like GMO products, synthetic animal-growth hormones and high fructose corn syrup. (USA TODAY)

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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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ODD BEDFELLOWS

Cargill Inc.’s efforts to supply #food companies with non-GMO ingredients came under attack from farmers this week when the company decided to join forces with the Non-GMO Project, a group opposed to GMO crops. Even Monsanto’s Robb Fraley took the company to task on Twitter, saying “Rather than pitting GMO v non-GMO – we should… read more

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GMO SUMMIT MEETING

The food industry, consumer groups and other stakeholders in the debate over how to label products containing genetically modified ingredients are expected to be summoned to the Agriculture Department early next month to try to resolve the contentious issue. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to avoid “chaos in the market.”

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THE SCIENCE GUY SWITCHES

Earlier this year, Bill Nye made a surprising move from anti-GMO to pro-GMO. Around the same time, a political rally he attended only helped to convince him of his decision to switch stances. The rally was in New York City with an anti-GMO theme.

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GMO Perceptions

More than half (57%) of U.S. adults believe that GM foods are generally unsafe to eat, while 37% say these foods are safe, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Women are more likely than men to view GM foods as unsafe (65% vs. 49%).

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USA TODAY AND GMOs

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, most Americans believe that food altered by genetically modified organisms — GMOs — is harmful, the newspaper’s editorial board says. Based on the misinformation, companies are beginning to ban food that contains GMOs. The editorial claims firms are pandering to fear.

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CHIPOTLE UPDATE

In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday began serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients.  The NY Times reports eliminating genetically engineered ingredients is easier for Chipotle, where the entire menu uses just 68 ingredients, including salt and pepper, while one of its competitors uses 81… read more

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