Viewpoint: Can European Commission reverse 20 years of backward, precautionary regulation of crop biotechnology? CRISPR presents an opportunity | Genetic Literacy Project

The expected report of the European Commission on “new genomic techniques” was published as announced before the end of April 2021. It represents an
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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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Experts Tackle Importance of New Breeding Technologies in Food and Nutritional ers Security- Crop Biotech Update (April 7, 2021) | ISAAA.org

Experts Tackle Importance of New Breeding Technologies in Food and Nutritional Security- Crop Biotech Update (April 7, 2021) | ISAAA.org
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Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt | Genetic Literacy Project

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime example of the
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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.
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Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties- Crop Biotech Update (March 17, 2021) | ISAAA.org

Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties- Crop Biotech Update (March 17, 2021) | ISAAA.org
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Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa | Genetic Literacy Project

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies –
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Infographic: What are TALENs? Another important gene-editing tool to boost sustainable farming | Genetic Literacy Project

What are TALENS? TALENS are used by scientists to help improve crops.
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