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Canada: Inside Prince Edward Island’s brewing battle over an environmentally friendly GMO spud

Potatoes are prone to disease, such as the late blight fungus which is responsible for billions of dollars of annual losses. Keeping disease at bay requires a steady supply of fungicide, which can harm human health and the environment.

The issue is particularly pressing on Prince Edward Island, which produces about one-quarter of Canada’s potatoes. The very characteristics that make the island great for growing potatoes – its sandy soil, streams and rolling hills -also make it vulnerable to chemicals leaching into the earth. Environmentalists on the island have called for a complete phase-out of the Russet Burbank, which would be a hard sell considering its commercial success.

But there may be a GMO solution. Read more

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