GMO

Researchers engineer heat tolerance in potato crops

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to ‘engineer’ heat tolerance in potato crops, potentially providing potato breeders with a valuable tool in their quest to create varieties suited to the requirements of growers, industry and retailers. The potato crop is particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, which is considered to be the[Read[Read More…]

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Taiwan: Gov’t to control future GMO potato imports

Agriculture authorities say they’re prepared to implement controls to prevent the possible import of U.S. genetically modified (GMO) potatoes from affecting domestic growers. The U.S. recently applied with the Health and Welfare Ministry to import GMO potatoes, with the approval process expected to be completed next year at the earliest. However, concerns are being raised about the potential health impacts of[Read[Read More…]

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Proeven GMO-aardappelen blijven maar toenemen

Of het nu in de Verenigde Staten, Spanje of het Verenigd Koninkrijk is: de proeven met genetisch gemodificeerde aardappelen blijven maar toenemen. Onlangs heeft De Minister van Landbouw van het Verenigd Koninkrijk, George Eastice (DEFRA), een vierjarig experiment van genetisch gemodificeerde aardappelen in The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich goedgekeurd. De veldproef is een deel van het Potato Partnership Project van TSL om[Read[Read More…]

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US: Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved earlier this month the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company. The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes could be planted in Maine fields at any time. These potatoes were[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot postpones commercial introduction of Innate GMO potatoes in Canada

Simplot Plant Sciences will not commercially launch its Innate GMO potatoes in Canada this year, despite regulatory approval and interest among potato farmers to grow these new potatoes, according to a report by CBC News. Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said Simplot is holding off allowing commercial growth of Innate potatoes in Canada until there’s a proven market for[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Sainsbury Laboratory received approval for trial of GMO potatoes

In the United Kingdom, farming minister George Eustice (DEFRA) has approved a four-year trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich between 2017 and 2021. The trial site, which is at the John Innes Centre, must meet various restrictions, including maintaining a width of 20 metres around the GM plants, and not exceed 1,000 sq m[Read[Read More…]

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US: Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company. The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes could be planted in Maine fields at any time. These potatoes were[Read[Read More…]

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US approves 3 more types of Simplot GMO potatoes for sale this year

The federal government has given the final OK to three more types of potatoes genetically engineered by Boise’s J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. They are safe for the environment and safe to eat, officials announced. The approvals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration last month mean Simplot is[Read[Read More…]

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US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration late last week gives Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. permission to plant the potatoes this spring and sell them in[Read[Read More…]

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GVO-Kartoffeln wecken im ersten Jahr Hoffnung

Die gentechfreie Produktion gehört zu den Eckpfeilern von Schweizer Lebensmitteln. Die Forschung ist aber zugelassen und Agroscope ist hier unter anderem mit Kartoffeln aktiv. 2016 liefen am Standort Reckenholz erstmals im grösseren Rahmen Freilandversuche mit sogenannt cisgenen Kartoffeln, wie der zuständige Michael Winzeler anlässlich der VSKP-Mitgliederversammlung erläuterte. 
Das cisgene Kartoffel-Pflanzgut für die Versuche stammt von der holländischen Agraruniversität Wageningen. Cisgen[Read[Read More…]

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Europe, Canada: Could GM potatoes be headed to Europe via CETA?

Could genetically modified potatoes soon be exported to Europe courtesy of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)? The Government of Canada has stated, „CETA will not only open new markets [for Canada in Europe] for raw ingredients, it will open up new markets for the food processing and beverage industry.“ For example, Global Affairs Canada boasts that under[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers: ‘Organic farming should embrace blight–resistant genetically engineered potato’

According to researchers Godelieve Gheysen and René Custers in Belgium, the EU regulation on organic farming does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “Why obstruct a cisgenic potato crop that can hardly be distinguished from a potato crop that is the result of conventional breeding?,” the scientists ask in a recently published research paper. “Among the reasons why[Read[Read More…]

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Videos: Spudman Grower Profile – CSS Farms’ CEO

Milt Carter, CSS Farms CEO in the US, discusses the genesis and growth of CSS Farms during the past 31 years…. watch. He further discusses growing bio-engineered Innate potato seed for Simplot…. watch. And Carter also shares details about his philosophy of growing whole seed and narrower seed bed widths…. watch. You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: First field trials of Calyxt GMO potato variety completed

Calyxt, Inc., a Minnesota-based company, announced that it has completed the first field trials of its cold-storable potato in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The USDA has recently advised the potato’s developer, Calyxt, that the cultivar is not a “regulated article” under federal law since it doesn’t contain genes from plant pests. Because most commercial biotech crops incorporate genes from plant pests, these potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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US: New GMO potatoes approved, controversy continues

USDA approved commercial planting of two types of GMO potatoes which resist late blight resistance. The approval covers J.R. Simplot Co.’s Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of the company’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The new version will also reduce bruising and black spots, enhance storage capacity, and reduce the amount of a potential carcinogen created when cooked at high[Read[Read More…]

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Will new GMO potatoes really require fewer pesticides?

Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without the use of GMO potatoes. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture formally approved two new types of genetically engineered potatoes, both of which were developed by Simplot, the Idaho-based spud giant. (A[Read[Read More…]

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US: Calyxt’s bruise-resistant, non-browning GMO potato variety cleared for sale

The USDA has advised the potato’s developer, Calyxt, the cultivar is not a “regulated article” under federal law because it doesn’t contain genes from plant pests. Because most commercial biotech crops incorporate genes from plant pests, they were subject to environmental analysis and a risk assessment from USDA before they were deregulated. In the case of Calyxt’s “PPO_KO” potato, the variety was[Read[Read More…]

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USDA clears Calyxt potato modified to withstand bruising

A new potato variety that’s genetically modified to withstand bruising has been cleared for commercialization without undergoing USDA’s deregulatory process for biotech crops. The agency has advised the potato’s developer, Calyxt, the cultivar is not a “regulated article” under federal law because it doesn’t contain genes from plant pests. Because most commercial biotech crops incorporate genes from plant pests, they[Read[Read More…]

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Australia, New Zealand: Food standards watchdog calls for opinions on Simplot’s GM potato

The food regulator Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (Fsanz) has begun public consultation as it reviews whether to allow a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce bruising. The Innate potato, produced by Simplot, has also been engineered to produce less of the chemical acrylamide, which has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals, when it is cooked.[Read[Read More…]

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Genetic improvement provides opportunities for potatoes

The potato is an important crop for Latin America and especially for South America, where it originated. Genetically improving potatoes can be a way to produce varieties that are resistant to pests and climate change, said Arnulfo Gutierrez, an expert on potatoes and a Panamanian official. There are no modified potato varieties in the region yet, said the specialist who chaired[Read[Read More…]

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Study reveals true cost of developing GMO potatoes

A recent study has revealed that the cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact not that much more than for conventionally-bred varieties. The study published in the International Journal of Biotechnology demystifies the belief that releasing a GM crop costs tens, if not hundreds, of millions of U.S. dollars. The study assessed the cost and time of developing a[Read[Read More…]

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Olympic athletes enjoy McDonald’s almost as much as medals

So it turns out Olympic athletes love Big Macs almost as much as they love medals. There’s a McDonald’s handing out free food to athletes at the Olympic Village in Rio, and it’s become one of the most popular stops in all of Brazil. The Washington Post paid a visit to this neon oasis, and the findings were interesting, to say[Read[Read More…]

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US: Interview with John Keeling, National Potato Council

This week’s guest on Open Mic is John Keeling, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Potato Council. In many ways, the nation’s potato growers opposed the biotech disclosure bill recently signed into law by President Obama. John Keeling voices grower concern over the country’s shift in labeling philosophy and ideas on future litigation and legislation on food labels.[Read[Read More…]

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US: Yes or no GMO? Local food companies talk biotech

Treasure Valley companies continue to focus on food production and point out the benefits of biotechnology in a national polarized and political environment surrounding genetically modified, or GMO, foods. “Consumers have said they want healthier products with fewer pesticides, and they want a better overall quality so they can save money and have assurance they can serve a healthier product to[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Foes of GMOs call for stricter store labelling

With three new genetically engineered foods given the green light to be sold in grocery stores in Canada, opponents of the technology are increasing their demands the products be clearly labelled. “Now is the perfect time to do this so Canadians know exactly what they are eating,” said Lucy Sharratt, coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a national coalition of[Read[Read More…]

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