Brexit supporter and British Prime Minster Boris Johnson, while still a candidate for the role last month,  attempts shearing a sheep during his visit to Nosterfield farm near Ripon, North Yorkshire, Britain. A U.K. Brexit, might embrace GM technology and a British-U.S. trade deal, could weaken European power when it comes to agricultural policy.  |  Oli Scarff/Pool via REUTERS

U.K. farmers want GM tech: poll

British farmers want genetically modified technology. But do British consumers want GM food? A poll by Farmers Guardian, an agricultural newspaper in the United Kingdom, found that three-quarters of British farmers want to use GM technology for their crops and livestock. The newspaper asked the following question to 750 producers: Would you use GM crop […] Read more

Gene editing will become the next big thing in plant science, crop development and agriculture only if the public accepts the technology. | File photo

Analysis: Public must support gene-editing revolution

Gene editing has the potential to change agriculture, but only if consumers believe it’s a beneficial technology

Experts believe gene editing of crops has more potential than genetic modification or conventional plant breeding. That’s the finding of a University of Saskatchewan research paper, published March 4. It’s important that experts, academics, government officials and agri-business professionals believe in the power of gene-editing technology, but their opinion really doesn’t matter. Gene editing will […] Read more

J.R. Simplot Co. has expressed interest in using GAANTRY gene-stacking technology to develop potatoes more resistant to late blight. | File photo

New GM technique promises to speed new crop development

Scientists in the United States say they have found a new method for inserting genes into crops that could speed up development of new varieties. “Making genetic improvements that were difficult or impossible before will be much easier because we can now insert not just one or two genes, but multiple genes into a plant […] Read more


Monsanto has been involved in a long-running battle in India over royalties paid by local seed companies for its GM cotton. | Reuters photo

Monsanto appeals to India’s top court over GM cotton patents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed last month that the world’s biggest seed maker cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds, a company spokesman said on Friday. The Delhi High Court last month concurred with Indian seed company […] Read more

Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. | File photo

U.S. scientist sues New York Times over Monsanto allegations

Kevin Folta, a University of Florida horticultural scientist, is suing the New York Times for libel. Folta, a vocal defender of pesticides and genetically modified technology, filed the lawsuit in early September at a U.S. District Court in Florida. The libel case stems from a front page New York Times story, published Sept. 6, 2015. […] Read more


Princess Anne said she would grow GM crops on her farming estates, adding she doubted that the technology had many downsides. | File photo

UK royals in sibling rivalry? Princess Anne touts GMO benefits

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — Britain’s Princess Anne may have sparked a royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles, who says they would be an environmental disaster. In an interview with BBC radio, Anne said she would grow GM crops on […] Read more

The perception that many consumers have of modern farms can colour their expectations of the food they buy — so those perceptions should help shape how farms operate. | Getty image

Farmers play important role in building consumer trust

The perception that many consumers have of modern farms can colour their expectations 
of the food they buy — so those perceptions should help shape how farms operate

When Canadian grocery buyers think about farmers, what images come to mind? Do they see a trustworthy, tractor-driving character who wears a straw hat, striped coveralls and a red flannel shirt to work every day? Or do they see low-income wage earners, working on a massive factory farm, where values such as environmental stewardship and […] Read more

61 per cent of survey respondents have a negative view of the term genetic modification. Many believe the process involves injecting foods with hormones, antibiotics, steroids or other substances. | File photo

Consumers still opposed to GM food

If given a choice, most consumers would choose to buy a non-GM food item — though most don’t read the labels

Health Canada says the results of a 2016 survey of consumer views on genetically modified foods will help the department communicate to Canadians. However, opinions remain largely unchanged from previous research that showed consumers are skeptical about, if not completely opposed to, genetically modified foods, the report said. “The findings from this public opinion research […] Read more



Judge GM on a case-by-case basis: experts

Lucy Sharratt and Robert Wager don’t agree on much. Sharratt spends most of her time opposing genetically modified food, while Wager is a vocal defender of the technology. However, they do see eye to eye on one matter: it’s wrong to make blanket statements about the safety of GM food. “Each GM food needs to […] Read more