McDonald’s rejects Simplot’s genetically modified potato

The J.R. Simplot Co.’s freshly approved genetically modified potato is not being welcomed by one of the company’s oldest business partners. McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food company and a longtime buyer of Simplot potatoes for french fries, says it doesn’t plan to buy Simplot’s latest genetically modified organism, the Innate potato. “McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s not interested in GMO potatoes

McDonald’s has turned down genetically modified potatoes, but its developer seeks to sell them through alternate channels. A new genetically modified potato has gotten the stamp of approval from USDA, but not from McDonald’s. Innate potato was engineered by the J.R. Simplot agribusiness company to bruise less and to produce less of a potentially cancer-causing compound when fried. The USDA[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s China: no GM potatoes

McDonald’s China has denied that it has imported or used genetically engineered potatoes after the US Department of Agriculture approved a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by a McDonald’s supplier. “McDonald’s China does not use genetically modified potatoes. The potatoes that McDonald’s China uses are in line with the national laws and regulations,” the public relations department of McDonald’s China[Read[Read More…]

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‘Innate Potato’ heads for market but GM watchdogs chip away at Simplot success

Americans may soon be eating high-tech potatoes, after a genetically engineered (GE) spud that makers say resists bruising and reduces a possible carcinogen was approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday. The Innate Potato, a trademarked creation of Simplot, has DNA from other potatoes spliced into its own, through a process called RNA interference technology. The USDA[Read[Read More…]

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US: NPC issues statement on the deregulation of Simplot’s gmo potato

Next Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will announce the deregulation of Simplot’s Innate potato through a notice to be published in the Federal Register. Based on a lengthy approval process using available scientific data and public input, USDA found the potatoes unlikely to pose a plant pest or environmental risk. The potatoes have been engineered for reduced bruising[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot’s gmo potato approved by the USDA

A potato genetically engineered to eliminate a potentially harmful ingredient that emerges in the high heat required for French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of acrylamide is produced when the potato is fried. Acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer[Read[Read More…]

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On the safety of Simplot’s GMO spuds – expert’s opinion

According to Dr Steve Strauss, a distinguished genetics professor at Oregon State University, “Your company up there in Idaho, Simplot plant sciences, they have been working on modifications to potatoes that are really scientifically cool, and are going to create some of the first products that consumers are going to say, this technology really does have something for me.” More[Read More…]

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Potato expert says consumers will embrace GM food

A leading expert in potato industry research says Australia’s export potential will be crippled unless farmers embrace genetic modification (GM) technology. Professor Gary Secor, of North Dakota State University in the United States, says consumers’ fear of GM is unfounded and likely to fade as they realise the potential for superior produce. He says bans in South Australia and Tasmania[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot outlines Innate marketing strategy

The J.R. Simplot Co. expects USDA approval for its genetically modified Innate potatoes within the next two months. Simplot Plant Sciences Director of Commercialization Kerwin Bradley outlined the strategy for marketing the potatoes at the Potato Association of America meeting in Spokane. Source: See on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Wisconsin blight report highlights need for GMO potato research

While local farmers are dealing with a recent report of disease in a local potato crop, they are joining researchers to figure out how to engineer the spuds to avoid such problems. It’s serious business in Portage County, where more than a quarter of all Wisconsin potatoes are grown. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and other experts talked about those disease[Read[Read More…]

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US: Spud leaders give GMO guarded endorsement

Leaders with the National Potato Council have taken a stance in favor of biotechnology, and U.S. Potato Board leaders are scheduled to vote on the issue soon. The National Potato Council’s board of directors has officially endorsed the safety and usefulness of genetically modified technology, as well as voluntary labeling of GMO products. But unofficially, industry leaders retain concerns about how companies advancing GMO potatoes, such as J.R. Simplot, will segregate their biotech tubers and how foreign markets will react.


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Gemeinsame Sache für die Bio-Kartoffel

See on – Potato News In Niedersachsen soll der ökologische Landbau mit Hilfe des Handels gestärkt werden. Am Beispiel der Bio-Kartoffel üben Erzeuger und Handel den Schulterschluss. In diesen Tagen kommen die ersten heimischen Bio-Frühkartoffeln auf den Markt. Zunächst sind die Knollen auf Wochenmärkten und bei Direktvermarktern zu finden. Voraussichtlich ab Juli wird die schalenfeste Bio-Ware auch im Lebensmitteleinzelhandel[Read[Read More…]

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USDA seeks further comments on genetically engineered spud

See on – Potato NewsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment and a plant pest risk assessment for a potato genetically engineered to have fewer acrylamides and reduced bruising. The department published the comment request in the May 30 Federal Register. The potato, branded as Innate, was developed by J.R. Simplot Co., Boise,[Read[Read More…]

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Supporters maintain genetically modified crops safe, beneficial

See on – Potato NewsThe idea of banning genetically modified plants seems like folly to some scientists who work in crop technology, not to mention farmers who have grown GMOs for years. Martina Newell-McLoughlin, director of the International Biotechnical Program at University of California at Davis, grew up in Ireland, where the threat of potato famine reared its head[Read[Read More…]

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GM helps spuds beat blight

See on – Potato News In a three-year genetic-modification research trial, British scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory boosted resistance of potatoes to late blight – their most important disease – without deploying fungicides.See on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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McDonald’s poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond

See on – Potato NewsMcDonald’s poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond. A new variety of genetically modified potato could show up in Idaho as early as 2015.Learn more: on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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GMO potatoes discussed at Potato Expo

A big topic at this year’s Potato Expo in San Antonio was the release of Simplot’s Innate technology for potatoes. During one of the Expo sessions Joe Guenthner from the University of Idaho discussed the benefits of Innate. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Simplot touts benefits of GMO spud

Simplot has developed potato varieties through biotechnology using potato DNA to reduce bruising, browning when cut and the amino acid responsible for the formation of acrylamides in potatoes cooked at high temperatures. The company has petitioned USDA for deregulation of the new varieties and is working on developing varieties with other desirable traits such as disease resistance and enhanced nutrition.[Read[Read More…]

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Europa: La patata transgénica es ilegal

Una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia Europeo ha anulado la autorización de la patata transgénica Amflora, propiedad del gigante biotecnológico alemán BASF. Reprocimos el texto que Amigos de la Tierra ha enviado a la prensa. El Tribunal afirma que la Comisión “no cumplió con sus obligaciones en el procedimiento”.Amigos de la Tierra celebra que se anule la decisión y solicita[Read[Read More…]

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