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Social, environmental and economic issues surrounding GM foods, and the latest news

News round-up June 2017

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GM crop and food security news from around the web:

Brazil approves GM sugarcane for commercial use

This Bt Sugarcane is the first GM sugarcane approved for cultivation in the world. It is resistant to damages caused by sugarcane borer, Brazil’s main pest of sugarcane in Brazil.

RNA interference used to kill insect pests

New approval in America of a corn resistant to western corn root worm caterpillars. This follows approval of the Arctic Apples I’ve already written about.

Food Evolution film

The new film asks the question ‘Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves?’ The short trailer is worth a watch, though contributor Professor Marion Nestle has something to say about it. In the GMO debate, it is easier to sell fear than science.

Syngenta ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages 

Kansas farmers claim Syngenta rushed its GMO seed to market before getting approval from China to export grain there, and that Syngenta misled them on when the Chinese would approve the seed.

Author: Rebecca Nesbit

I am author of a popular science book 'Is that Fish in your Tomato?' exploring the fact and fiction of GM crops. In my work and leisure so far, I have trained bees to detect explosives, used a radar to study butterflies for my PhD, written a novel, taken the train from London to China, organised Biology Week, sold science jewellery on Etsy, and traveled to four continents with Nobel Laureates. Best off all, I've made lots of friends whose support I very much appreciate. Thank you! Please visit my website:

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