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  • USDA, EPA and FDA statement on genetically engineered corn

    The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coordinating efforts following notification by Dow AgroSciences that the company detected extremely low levels of an unregistered genetically engineered (GE) pesticide product known as a plant-incorporated protectant ...

  • Integral Consulting Scientist Authors Article on Aquatic Effects of Genetically Engineered Corn in Agroecosystems

    Dr. Peter Jensen of Integral Consulting is the lead author of “Exposure and Nontarget Effects of Transgenic Bt Corn Debris in Streams,” which was published in the April 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Entomology. The article describes laboratory and field studies that were undertaken to evaluate the risk of plant incorporated pesticidal ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought ...


    By Associated Press

  • Battle over genetically modified foods in Oregon

    Unable to find a good solution to protecting their certified organic seed crops from potential contamination from genetically engineered crops, small organic farmers in this Oregon valley are appealing to a higher power: voters. They wanted to protect their crops from being cross-pollinated by genetically modified ones, and asked voters in two counties to ban the cultivation of GMOs - a move that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Peanuts: more genetically diverse than expected

    Virginia-type peanuts, the big ones sold in the shell or used in cocktail nut mixes, are more genetically variable than previously assumed, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. Before now, cultivated peanuts showed very little variability for molecular markers, leading some to conclude that there was virtually no genetic variation in the species. However, anyone who has ...

  • Genetically Modified Crop Industry Continues to Expand

    One of the familiar narratives for the promotion of genetically modified (GM) crops is that they have the potential to alleviate poverty and hunger. But the real impacts of GM crops deserve closer assessment, writes Wanqing Zhou, research associate in the Food and Agriculture Program at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Transgenic Corn Found to Damage Stream Ecosystems

    BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, October 11, 2007 (ENS) - A widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems, finds a new study by an Indiana University professor of environmental science and his colleagues. Pollen and other plant parts containing toxins from genetically engineered Bt corn are washing into streams near cornfields and harming a ...

  • Pesticide levels decline in corn belt rivers

    Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in “Corn Belt” rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The declines in pesticide concentrations closely followed declines in their annual applications, indicating that reducing pesticide use is an effective and reliable strategy for reducing pesticide contamination in ...

  • Iowa Corn Hosts Lively Conversation about Food

    The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) hosted Food Dialogue: Iowa on Tuesday, November 19 at the Scheman building on the Iowa State University campus.   The event brought together several experts on food issues including farmers, for a panel discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms ...

  • USDA approves new modified corn seeds, soybean seeds

    The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn seeds and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won't be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues a second ruling allowing the use of Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D weed killer that's been around since the 1940s. The EPA has said ...


    By Associated Press

  • New research reveals challenges in genetically engineered crop regulatory process

    Experts are available for interviews on this topic! A new innovation can completely reshape an industry-- inspiring both optimism and debate.  The development of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the 1980's ignited a buzz in the agricultural community with the potential for higher crop yields and better nutritional content, along with the reduction of herbicide and pesticide ...

  • USDA Seeks Public Review and Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Herbicide-Resistant Corn and Soybeans

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released on Friday 3 2014 its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as part of its review to determine whether to deregulate genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean plants that are resistant to several herbicides, including one known as 2,4-D. APHIS is performing an assessment of these GE ...

  • Crops and Weeds: Global climate change`s first responders

    A team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant physiologists is studying how global climate change could affect food crop production--and prompt the evolution of even more resilient weeds. Lewis Ziska, Richard Sicher and Jim Bunce all work at the ARS Crops Systems and Global Change Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. Over the past several years, the three scientists have conducted research on a ...

  • Insect-eating bats save global maize farmers €0.91 billion a year from crop damage

    Insect-eating bats are estimated to be worth US$ 1 billion (€0.91 billion) a year to maize farmers around the world, a new study has revealed. Not only do bats reduce crop damage by eating adult corn earworm crop pests, they also suppress fungal infections in maize ears. Bats and their habitats need to be better protected for their ecological and economic contributions, say the study’s ...

  • Food Dialogues℠ Event to Facilitate Discussion on GMO, Organics and Local Food Issues

    WHAT: The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), in cooperation with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues: Iowa, an event designed to answer questions on how food is grown and raised.    This event will bring together several experts on food issues, including ...

  • Herbicide-tolerant crops can improve water quality

    The residual herbicides commonly used in the production of corn and soybean are frequently detected in rivers, streams, and reservoirs at concentrations that exceed drinking water standards in areas where these crops are extensively grown. When these bodies of water are used as sources of drinking water this contamination can lead to increased treatment costs or a need to seek alternative sources ...

  • Earthworms decompose GM maize

    Pest-resistant genetically modified (GM) maize makes up an increasing proportion of maize grown commercially in the EU. A new study shows that earthworms may help break down the toxins produced by GM maize. GM maize (Bt-maize) plants are engineered to produce 'cry' proteins that are toxic to the European corn borer, a major insect pest responsible for corn crop losses. Recent studies have shown ...

  • Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

    Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. Critics say more study is needed on the effects of the herbicide and they are concerned it could endanger public health. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pakistan debates GM cotton’s success

    Pakistan is beset by conflicting claims over the success of genetically modified (GM) cotton, now grown in over 90 per cent of the 2.5 million hectares under cotton. The GM cotton variety — also called Bt cotton because it contains a gene taken from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis that resists ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA Seeks Comment on Proposed Decision to Register Enlist Duo Herbicide Containing the Choline Salt of 2,4-D and Glyphosate

    The EPA is making available for a 30-day public comment period a proposed regulatory decision to register Enlist Duo containing glyphosate and the choline salt of 2,4-D for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D. Weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides and are posing a problem for farmers. If finalized, ...

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