Golden Rice is simply a distraction the biotech industry dreamed up. It’s an expensive, non-solution to a serious problem and it’s merely designed to improve the image of other controversial genetically engineered crops in bigger markets, including the United States.
A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept Golden Rice off the market for over a decade when it could have been helping the world’s poor during that time. »» Read More
Biotech titan Monsanto has made significant advances in the development of herbicide-tolerant wheat, the company announced recently, and could have the first-of-its-kind crop ready for farming in just a few years’ time.
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China has blocked a fifth cargo of US corn since mid-November after testing found a strain of genetically-modified (GMO) corn not yet approved for import. Three more cargoes may also be refused.
A cargo of 59,100 tons was turned away on Tuesday in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang after quarantine officials found MIR 162 — an insect-resistant GMO strain which the country’s agriculture ministry has yet to warrant.
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The fight against bio-piracy has received its biggest boost yet. Already facing the heat of a criminal case filed by the Environment Support Group (ESG) against its genetically-modified Bt brinjal, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco) will face similar stringent legal action by the state government against its Bt cotton.
Apart from pursuing legal action, the state government has also decided to indefinitely ban and blacklist Mahyco — which collaborates with Monsanto, the US-based agricultural biotechnology corporation, to market Bt technology in the country — “from participating in any form in any agricultural process involving supply of Bt seeds in the state. The ban will remain in place “until further orders”. An order to this effect will be released soon.
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