Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the government to back down. | File photo

Glyphosate, GM corn ban lawsuits likely in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and using glyphosate will likely face legal challenges this month to reverse the proposal, according to the new head of Mexico’s top farm lobby. Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the […] Read more

American scientists are worried that new U.S. rules to govern GMOs make a distinction between genetic modification and gene editing.  | File photo

Researchers want GMO transparency

There has long been consumer interest in genetically modified food, including criticism that there is not enough public information about GM and gene edited crops in the food supply. Now, researchers at North Carolina State University are calling for a coalition of the biotech industry, government, non-government organizations, trade organizations and academic experts to tackle […] Read more

A farmer holds different types of corn cobs in Otzolotepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City, February 7, 2017. Picture taken February 7, 2017. Reuters/Carlos Jasso/File photo

Farmer criticism of Mexican GMO corn ban not universal

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) — Mexico’s main agricultural lobby has criticized the government’s decision to ban genetically modified corn, while organic growers hailed the move that should protect smaller farmers. Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated a decree issued Dec. 31, which […] Read more


Deforestation in Brazil is partly blamed on a need for farmers in that country to increase production to meet livestock feed demands from Europe, which it can’t meet itself because of a refusal to grow genetically modified crops.  |  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly photo

Anti-GMO EU takes Amazon crisis heat

European environmental organizations were among the first to publicly advocate against the commercial introduction of genetically modified crops more than 20 years ago. Since this time, these environmental groups have intensively lobbied to have GM crop production banned in the EU. Today, they’ve been successful in that effort, as Portugal and Spain are the only […] Read more

Many people in the grain industry are trying to figure out what may have happened, including former Monsanto researcher Curtis Rempel, who was involved with the development of Roundup Ready wheat.
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Cause of GM wheat escape unlikely to be known

Scientists describe incident as ‘bizarre’ as they try to figure out how wheat plants showed up in an Alberta ditch

It appears the public will never know how Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait ended up in wheat plants discovered in Alberta 17 years after the company shut down field trials of the MON71200 GM trait. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in the conclusion page of its incident report that it was unable to identify the […] Read more


Wheat exports to China are up, at least partly due to politics.  | File photo

Wheat industry hopes import ban short-lived

Canada has temporarily lost one of its top wheat customers, but government and industry officials believe it will be a short-lived hiatus. Japan has stopped buying Canadian wheat in the wake of the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified variety of wheat in a ditch in Alberta. Japan was Canada’s third largest wheat customer in […] Read more

A Chinese scientist in Kansas has been sentenced to more than 10 years in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically modified rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the Department of Justice said.
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Chinese scientist gets 10 years for stealing GM rice

(Reuters) — A Chinese scientist in Kansas has been sentenced to more than 10 years in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically modified rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the Department of Justice said. U.S. district court judge Carlos Murguia in the District of Kansas sentenced Weiqiang […] Read more

Golden Rice gets OK from Canada

Health Canada has approved the sale of a genetically modified crop that isn’t intended for sale in this country, and that has a GMO critic wondering what is going on. On March 16, the federal department gave the regulatory nod to Provitamin A Biofortified Rice Event GR2E, otherwise known as Golden Rice. “It was determined […] Read more


At present, herbicide-resistant crops through genetic modification provide an elegant solution to the seed bank problem and offer the best means we currently have to control weeds in large-scale agriculture.  |  File photo

Herb resistant crops remain best way to control weeds

While engaging in an online debate around genetically modified organisms, I realized that few non-farmers understood the issues farmers have dealing with weeds. Many people are ready to condemn herbicide-resistant crops and the application of herbicides and seem to see this as a frivolous activity by farmers. I suggested they not do any weed control […] Read more

Film takes scientific approach to GMOs

When it comes to genetically modified foods, it’s not easy to change minds. In fact, it might be easier to convince a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan to cheer for the Toronto Argonauts. Nonetheless, proponents of GM food are hopeful that a movie will succeed where science and evidence have failed. The movie is called Food Evolution […] Read more