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Genetic modification (GM) - Articles and news items

Why the GMO debate still matters

Blogs, Z Homepage Promo  •  9 December 2016  •  Mark Hughes, President, Anderson Partners Food Ingredient Marketing

With the GMO debate far from over, we asked Mark Hughes, President, Anderson Partners Food Ingredient Marketing for an insight into why the conversation still matters…

Arla to incentivise farmers to convert to GM free feed

Industry news  •  13 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

Arla says that retailers are increasingly demanding dairy products from cows which have been fed GM free feed and are willing to pay a price premium…

Transparency key to GM labelling, study finds

Industry news  •  27 January 2016  •  Victoria White

A study has found consumers are more supportive of GM labelling decisions when they believe the company considered the public’s input in the process…

HFI acquires plan-based ingredients company Suntava

Industry news  •  9 December 2015  •  Victoria White

Suntava is a plant-based specialty ingredients company best known for its proprietary Suntava Purple Corn…

FDA approves genetically engineered salmon for human consumption

Industry news  •  20 November 2015  •  Victoria White

AquAdvantage Salmon is an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-genetically engineered farm-raised Atlantic salmon…

European Parliament rejects national GM bans proposal

Industry news  •  30 October 2015  •  Victoria White

Leading farming, agricultural and plant science organisations have issued a stark warning to the UK Government about the impact of European legislation on GM feed imports…

Scientists disappointed at results from GM wheat field trial

Industry news  •  26 June 2015  •  Victoria White

The results of the genetically modified (GM) wheat field trial held by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 have been announced…

Scientists reveal the origin of beefsteak tomatoes

Industry news  •  1 June 2015  •  Victoria White

A team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has identified a set of genes that control stem cell production in tomatoes…

Sweet potato naturally ‘genetically modified’

Industry news  •  22 April 2015  •  Victoria White

Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain Agrobacterium genes, making sweet potatoes ‘natural genetically modified organism (GMO)’…

EU ministers approve of law for banning genetically modified crops

Industry news  •  18 November 2014  •  The European Parliament and Council

EU politicians have backed a plan to allow nations to ban genetically modified crops on their soil, even if they are given approval to be grown in the European Union, raising the chance their use will remain limited on the continent…

Herbicide residues in genetically modified, herbicide-resistant crops

Issue 2 2012  •  1 May 2012  •  Gijs A Kleter, RIKILT; John B Unsworth, Private Consultant and Caroline A Harris, Exponent International

Global agriculture has witnessed a continuously increasing adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops, both in terms of the area covered with these crops and the number of countries where these crops are grown. In 2011, the total worldwide acreage of these crops amounted to 160 million hectares, with the top 10 countries growing them located in the Americas (USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay), Asia (India, China, Pakistan), and South Africa. The most popular GM crops are major commodity crops, in particular soybean, maize, cotton and canola. The major traits that have been introduced into these crops through genetic modification are herbicide resistance and insect resistance1.

A previous article discussed the internationally harmonised principles for the safety assessment of GM foods, which commonly has to be carried out before these foods can be allowed onto the market in many nations2. One of the issues mentioned then but not elaborated (because it falls under the scope of the parallel regulation of pesticides) is the potential for the new or altered presence of pesticide residues in GM crops. In this article, we highlight the issues surrounding the presence of residues of herbicide active ingredients and their metabolites in herbicideresistant GM crops.

Herbicides are pesticides that contain active ingredients that are toxic to some types of plant, for which reason they can be used to combat weeds, which are non-crop plants growing in crop fields.

Assessing the safety of genetically modified crops used for food and feed purposes

Issue 1 2009  •  20 February 2009  •  Gijs A. Kleter, RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University and Research Center

In the mid-nineties, genetically modified crops (GM) that had been obtained through recombinant DNA technology were grown commercially at a large scale for the first time. The agricultural area that is covered with these crops has since then grown steadily, reaching 114 million hectares globally in 20072. GM crops and the foods and animal feed that are derived from them commonly have to be approved for marketing, for which they also have to undergo a safety assessment.

Identification of genetically modified foods – problems and unsolved questions

Issue 3 2007  •  4 September 2007  •  Jan Pedersen and Folmer D. Eriksen, National Institute of Food, Technical University of Denmark

One of the points in the discussion of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is the consumers’ right to choose between foods from GMO (GM-foods) and traditionally produced foods. This discussion has led to the EU regulation requiring labelling of GM food products made from GM plants. However, since it is difficult to keep GM and non-GM plants materials fully separated during growing, transport etc., a threshold for labelling of GM foods was introduced.

 

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