CRISPR Is Going To Revolutionize Our Food System—And Start A New War Over GMOs

GE Plants and Crops

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.

Bt cotton failure forces govt to promote native seeds

GE Failures & Contaminations

Govt decides to promote cultivation of indigenous varieties of the crop in a big way this year as bollworm develops resistance to Bt cotton crop

New Delhi: With bollworm developing resistance to Bt cotton crop, the government has decided to promote cultivation of indigenous varieties of the crop in a big way this year. In 2015-16 crop year (July-June), there was a significant damage to cotton crop because of whitefly and pink bollworm pest attack in states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Gene-edited mushroom doesn’t need regulation, USDA says

Genetically Engineered Fungi

A gene-edited version of edible Agaricus bisporus mushrooms (unedited mushroom shown) doesn’t need to be regulated as a genetically modified crop, agriculture officials say.

A mushroom whose genes have been edited with molecular scissors known as CRISPR/Cas9 doesn’t need to be regulated like other genetically modified crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said April 13 in a letter to the mushroom’s creator. The edible fungus is the first CRISPR-edited crop to clear USDA regulation.

Is Franken-salmon safe to eat?

Genetically Engineered Fish

The FDA says the world's first genetically modified food animal is, but several American grocery chains have vowed not to stock the engineered fish

It's called the AquAdvantage salmon, and if Maynard, Massachusetts-based biotech firm AquaBounty gets its way, the world's first genetically modified food animal will soon be entering our food supply.

God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing

GE Failures & Contaminations

For the benefit of those parts of the world where public acceptance of biotechnology is incomplete, a public relations blitz is at full tilt. It concerns an emerging set of methods for altering the DNA of living organisms. “Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up“; “We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes“; and “CRISPR: gene editing is just the beginning”. (CRISPR is short for CRISPR/cas9, which is short for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR associated protein 9; Jinek et al., 2012.

USA: MONSANTO'S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ROUNDUP READY ALFALFA HAS GONE WILD

GE Failures & Contaminations

SUMMARY: "A recent study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists shows that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has gone wild, in a big way, in alfalfa-growing parts of the West. "

USA: INSIDE THE BIG PUSHBACK AGAINST BIG AG AGENDA TO SELL GMO SEEDS AND PESTICIDES

Global Struggle

SUMMARY: "When communities come together to build back soil and replace harsh chemicals with biology, they are very successful and create lasting solutions."

USA: THE TINY STATE OF VERMONT IS FORCING GMO LABELING NATIONWIDE

Winning against genetic engineering

SUMMARY: "When Vermont passed a law in 2014 that required all genetically engineered food sold in the state to be labeled by July 1, 2016, it likely had no idea it would force disclosure beyond its own borders."

When Vermont passed a law in 2014 that required all genetically engineered food sold in the state to be labeled by July 1, 2016, it likely had no idea it would force disclosure beyond its own borders.

USA: BIG FOOD ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL SCHEME TO KILL GMO LABELING INITIATIVE

Industry

SUMMARY: "The nation’s largest food companies are under criticism for using too much sugar, too few healthy ingredients and failing to be transparent about what’s in their products. At least some of those concerns now seem to be playing out in a fight over how America’s largest food industry group financed a campaign against a food labeling initiative."

DOMINICA: HEALTH MINISTER SAYS NO TO GENETICALLY-MODIFIED MOSQUITOES

Genetically Engineered Insects

SUMMARY: "Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Kenneth Darroux is reporting that Dominica will not be engaging in the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito- the vector which carries the Zika virus."

Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Kenneth Darroux is reporting that Dominica will not be engaging in the use of genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito- the vector which carries the Zika virus.

He was speaking at a Zika press conference earlier this month.

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