Biotech firms seem to have succeeded in convincing the European Commission that we need new genetically modified crops to tackle climate change. They argue that by enhancing crops’ resistance to drought or improving their ability to capture carbon, climate change may no longer seem such a daunting challenge. If this seems too good to be true, unfortunately, it is.
Lawmakers on the European Parliament’s environment committee have backed a proposal to relax rules on genetically modified plants produced using new genomic techniques, prompting strong criticism from environmental groups.
Genetically modified corn is not safe for human consumption and threatens biodiversity in Mexico, several scientists said recently. They made their statements as Mexico fights a bitter trade dispute with the United States and Canada over the importation of genetically modified corn.
About 55 percent of the total harvested cropland in the United States was grown with varieties having at least one genetically modified trait in 2020, according to a recent US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service report.
The Kenyan government’s decision to reverse a ban on the import and cultivation of genetically modified organisms was “hasty,” say activists and agricultural lobby groups, calling for the prohibition to be “reinstated.” [...]
The African Union is developing guidelines for the use of genetically modified (GM) crops across the continent, officials say, amid criticism from campaigners that some policies favor big business and lack adequate public input.