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Biotech approvals focus for ASA

Aug 19, 2014 Agri-View: American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) teamed up in Washington to bring together more than 100 farmers, researchers, leaders of agricultural organizations and federal officials to discuss the worldwide benefits of biotechnology. The focus was on acceleration of government approval of biotech seed for soybeans and other crops. This Washington D.C. Biotechnology Roundtable is the latest in a series of forums ISA has…

Voracious Worm Evolves To Eat Biotech Corn Engineered To Kill It

April 6, 2014 One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn. Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the…

Biotech’s Idolized Bt Technology May Transform Benign Insects Into Pests

August 30, 2013 By Sayer Ji A new study reveals that one of the most widely used GM pest control technologies could actually be increasing pest virulence in non-target and normally benign species. A new study published in the biological sciences journal of the Proceedings of the Royal Society reveals a profound flaw in one of the most widely used genetic engineering technologies within Biotech's pest control arsenal, namely, Bt technology, wherein crops of commercial importance are…

Biotech ambassadors in Africa

Back in May 2013, a controversial PR operative headed for Africa. He even tweeted a picture of the hotel where he was staying in Dar es Salaam. Credited with running some of Monsanto's most dubious PR operations, Jay Byrne was in Tanzania to attend a regional planning meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB). The OFAB is a collaboration between two of the key lobby groups promoting GM in Africa - the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech…

Pakistan among top 10 countries which adopted biotech crops

Karachi,Pakistan, an important agriculture country with 22 millions hectares of land is among the top 10 countries which had adopted bio tech crops including cotton. Research and Development R&D investment and farmers education induced significant yield jumps across the country. However, there was need to introduce new and modern technologies in the agriculture sector, says country head of Monsanto Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, Aamir Mahmood Mirza at press briefing here on Wednesday. “We…

Biotech crop hectares witness unprecedented rise

Thursday, March-28-2013 Biotech crop hectares increased by an unprecedented 100-fold from 1.7 million hectares in 1996, to over 170 million hectares in 2012 making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times - the reason - they deliver benefits. It has been claimed in a report on 'Global Status of Commercialised Biotech/GM crops: 2012' by Clive James, Founder and Chair of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). According to…

Bangalore to host conference on biotech crops for food security

BANGALORE, Oct 22, 2012: Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education (FBAE) and the Association of Biotechnology-Led Enterprises (ABLE) has decided to hold a conference on 'Biotechnology crops for food security in India' here on February 27. According to a statement from Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education, “Population of the country is projected to be about 160 crore by 2050 and increasing incomes and increasing per capita food consumption is widening the…

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