The bioengineered label replacing GMO claims has been in place for four months. Here’s what we know – Genetic Literacy Project

You may have recently noticed new labels on some of your food. As of January 1st, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires food companies to label their genetically-engineered foods as “bioengineered.”  What effect will this have on consumer acceptance of these products?Food labels create confusion over what’s considered “safe” and “healthy” food. They all represent different things, and some are just a clever way to increase the product’s price or reputation. So, what makes this “bioengineered” label special, and why is this change happening now? Let’s start by taking a look at the GMO label of the past.The ‘Non-GMO’ LabelThe Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit based in Bellingham, Washington, was created in 2007 and is responsible for the “non-GMO” butterfly label that we see on many of our foods. The premise is that consumers should know how their food was grown. However, in many cases, the non-GMO label has been used to influence the consumer’s thinking that GMOs are unhealthy and non-GMO is better for them.Fear is a great motivator and in this case, people were scared of harming their health by eating GMOs. This is similar to how many consumers associate organic as the only food choice for long-term health and sustainability
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Viewpoint: ‘The bioengineered food label is not expected to have any benefits to human health or the environment’ — The cowardly, useless stupidity behind the new genetic modification law – Genetic Literacy Project

It’s no secret that Congress sometimes does things – including creating laws – that make little sense and that are contrary to the public interest. One of
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When it comes to embracing biotechnology in agriculture, ‘the rest of the world is not waiting for Europe’ – Genetic Literacy Project

“The rest of the world…” warns Anna Meldolesi, “is not waiting for Europe.” CRISPR, the molecular scissors at the basis of genome editing, capable of
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Viewpoint: ‘The strength of US agriculture is that we have many diverse production systems’ — How organic agriculture and biotechnology can coexist – Genetic Literacy Project

The debate about GMO safety and sustainability is ongoing, but one fact remains: food security is paramount. Does the absence of agricultural biotechnology
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Viewpoint: Green lobby in full swing as activist NGOs flood European Commission with pre-fabricated, anti-biotechnology propaganda – Genetic Literacy Project

Before legislative procedures, the EU regularly asks for the opinions of its citizens and stakeholders. In principle, anyone can participate in these
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Wide gap between Canadians’ beliefs about biotech crop safety and the science – Genetic Literacy Project

Consumer opinions, perspectives and views on food and its production do not necessarily reflect what is occurring. For instance, we know from risk
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Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture – Genetic Literacy Project

In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people were undernourished globally, around 161 million more people than in 2019. Conflict in protracted situations,
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‘US has inadequate regulatory oversight to address concerns presented by agricultural biotechnology’: US NGOs issue transparency principles and governance recommendations | Genetic Literacy Project

Representatives of conservation and consumer non-governmental organizations unveiled six principles for responsible governance of gene editing in
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Canadian perspectives on food security and plant breeding | CABI Agriculture and sBioscience | Full Text

The broadness of biotechnology serves to connect different types of modern plant breeding techniques with the potential to improve global food security. However, the topic goes beyond the specific example consumers’ associate with the term—genetic modification. As a result, it is often unclear if consumers really know what they claim to understand and the efforts to clarify the science and reasoning behind the use of these practices is often obscured. Two online surveys of 500 Canadians were conducted in 2017. Three-quarters of Canadians have high levels of trust in those who provide information about food, yet two-thirds believe that modern plant breeding technologies are unnatural. Canadians lack basic knowledge about modern plant breeding practices and technologies and possess high levels of uncertainty regarding the potential for benefits or externalities to develop from the commercialization of new genome editing plant breeding technologies.
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Gene editing being used to breed hardier fruit varieties

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance for Science Live.
— Read on www.freshfruitportal.com/news/2021/03/18/latam-researchers-use-gene-editing-to-breed-hardier-crops/