Bangladeshi people to be used as lab rats
With funding from the Gates Foundation, University of Melbourne plant biologist Dr Alex Johnson and colleagues have developed a GM rice that contains increased iron and zinc.
The rice is reported to yield as well as non-GM rice.
Just as with GM golden rice, the biofortified GM rice is being touted as a marvel that will help solve hunger in the developing world.
The gene-editing tool could create drought-resistant grain or allergy-free peanuts. Will a society on edge about genetically modified food embrace this newest innovation?
In five years, there might be a little CRISPR-edited corn in your breakfast cereal or CRISPR-edited wheat in your pasta. CRISPR'd tomatoes and CRISPR'd pork might follow. There's already a little CRISPR in your yogurt.
SUMMARY: "J.R. Simplot Co.'s second-generation Innate potato has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration."
The J.R. Simplot Co. announced Jan. 13 it has obtained federal Food and Drug Administration approval for the second generation of its Innate line of potatoes, developed with biotechnology.
The company plans to raise less than 100 acres of second-generation Innate Russet Burbanks this season in anticipation of approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is expected by December and would represent the final step in the review process.
SUMMARY: "Las Vegas seems to be an apt place to launch a risky corporate gamble that could destroy the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers. Earlier this month, the international food conglomerate Cargill chose the city's famous Strip to introduce what it hopes will be its next blockbuster product: EverSweet, a sweetener made of "the same sweet components in the stevia plant"."