China's ministry of agriculture has been instructed to construct seed

China continues to warm up to genetically modified crops

Canada’s crop sector is pleased that China appears to be changing its stance on genetically modified crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that there has been a notable development in China’s annual policy guidelines for agriculture and rural development. “The central government’s emphasis on supporting seed development, including biotech seeds, is a new feature,” […] Read more

Breeders in Australia have worked to reduce the levels of beta-glucan in barley to three to five percent because it is preferred by the malting and brewing industries, but new genetic solutions that enable breeders to control levels more efficiently would be seen as desirable.  |  File photo

Barley gene-edited for improved quality

Australian and Scottish researchers say modifying beta-glucan levels in barley may help contribute to lower cholesterol

A team of scientists has shown the potential to rapidly improve barley quality through the gene editing technique called CRISPR. Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Institute, working with colleagues at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, recently showed how the levels of beta-glucan, a source of fermentable dietary fibre that may contribute […] Read more

Gene editing is useful to achieve certain traits, but may not be powerful enough for something complex like drought-tolerant crops.  | Reuters photo

Scientist warns against completely abandoning genetic modification

Farmers and scientists may be tempted to throw transgenic crops in the trash. The technology, which has provided benefits to farmers, has been a public relations nightmare and provoked endless discussions about the safety of modern agriculture. However, before they throw the baby out with the bathwater, people in the agricultural industry need to remember […] Read more


China plans to issue biosafety certificates to domestic GM soybean, corn

China plans to issue biosafety certificates to domestic GM soybean, corn

BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s agriculture ministry said Dec. 30 it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) soybean crop and two corn crops, in a move towards commercializing GM grain production in the world’s top market. China will grant the certificate to SHZD32-01 soybean developed by Shanghai Jiaotong University, provided […] Read more

Bayer announced in February that farmers in France and Germany were turning over thousands of hectares of rapeseed crops after traces of a GMO variety grown in Canada were detected in batches of seed sold in Europe. | Flickr/Miwok photo

French rapeseed farmers destroyed 18,000 hectares over GMO risk – Bayer

PARIS, (Reuters) – French farmers destroyed a total of 18,000 hectares of rapeseed, more than double the area initially expected, following the discovery of a non-authorised genetically modified organism (GMO) in seeds, German group Bayer said. Bayer announced in February that farmers in France and Germany were turning over thousands of hectares of rapeseed crops […] Read more


Canada has developed a low level presence policy that establishes a three percent threshold for contamination by a genetically modified crop that has not been approved by an importer as long as it has been approved by at least one exporter in accordance with Codex guidelines and has been submitted for approval by the importer.  |  File photo

Canada makes strides on low level presence

Reaching a deal with importers could avoid costly market snags if traces of unapproved GM crops found in shipments

Canada is starting to gain some traction on getting importers to consider adopting low level presence policies. Agriculture Canada has developed a policy model that it is using to promote discussions with key trade partners on the issue. Low level presence (LLP) occurs when a small amount of genetically modified grain that has been approved […] Read more