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UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

Organic food – is it better for you? Experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 14th, 2014.

In contrast to earlier research, a new study has found that organic crops may have measurable health benefits: they appear to be higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals than their conventional counterparts.   The new meta-analysis, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, compiled and crunched results from 343 earlier studies. It claims that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to […]

New Zealanders help dig up potato genome

John Kerr posted in on July 13th, 2011.

This week the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium published the genome of the humble potato in the international journal Nature. The Consortium is a collection of academic and industrial research groups – including New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research –  which over the last 5 years has been working to unravel the DNA blueprint of the […]

Radio NZ: Farmers must change to get more carbon in soil – scientist

Peter Griffin posted in on June 28th, 2010.

A visiting soil scientist says that conventional farming practices prevent soil from increasing its carbon content – soil carbon is important for healthy soil and healthy crops. Soil is also able to store more carbon than trees and other plants. An excerpt: (read in full here) “They say increasing carbon storage in soil can reduce […]

The Press: Watchdog wants role in GM trials

Peter Griffin posted in on November 2nd, 2009.

David Williams of The Press writes that Erma, the Environmental Risk Management Authority, wants to be involved in future inspections of genetically modified (GM) crops. The move has come following errors made during the trials of GM brassicas last year at Lincoln. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A special committee of the Environmental Risk […]

Food production will have to rise by about 50% in 40 years

Peter Griffin posted in on October 21st, 2009.

British scientists are calling for billions to be invested in crop research and for the development of genetically modified crops to meet the estimated 50 per cent increase in production that will be required to feed the world in 2050. The Royal Society of London report Reaping the Benefits: Science and the Sustainable Intensification of […]

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