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Category: GM Crops
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'Buy American' Oil And Grains: China Signals To State Giants 24.5.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
China will import record volumes of U.S. oil and is likely to ship more U.S. soy after Beijing signalled to state-run refiners and grains purchasers they should buy more to help ease tensions between...
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China signals to state giants: 'Buy American' oil and grains 23.5.2018 Reuters: Money News
SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - China will import record volumes of U.S. oil and is likely to ship more U.S. soy after Beijing signalled to state-run refiners and grains purchasers they should buy more to help ease tensions between the two top economies, trade sources said on ...
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Exclusive: U.S. wants China to approve more biotech crops under trade deal - sources 23.5.2018 General News
CHICAGO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States is seeking better access for imports of genetically modified crops into China as part of a trade deal currently under discussion between the two sides, said two people familiar with the matter.
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Letter to BS: Why is non-renewable GM mustard being pushed for field trial? 23.5.2018 Latest News
Bt toxin in GM foods is found to survive in the blood of pregnant women and foetuses
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CCI approves USD 66 bn Bayer-Monsanto deal 22.5.2018 General News
Fair trade regulator CCI has approved the German giant Bayer's proposed USD 66 billion acquisition of US-based biotech firm Monsanto, subject to certain modifications to the long-pending deal. The approval to the deal, announced in September 2016, assumes significance in the wake of Monsanto facing opposition from various quarters within India over promotion of genetically modified crops, as also over royalty and patent issues. The clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is one of the several regulatory approvals required by Bayer in various countries to close the deal. Announcing its approval today, the CCI tweeted that it has cleared "acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG, subject to compliance of certain modifications". Mergers and acquisitions beyond a certain threshold require approval of the CCI. India is one of the 30 countries whose approval is needed for the merger of worldwide operations of the two companies. The major approvals still required are from the US .
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CCI approves Bayer-Monsanto deal 22.5.2018 General News
Fair trade regulator CCI has approved the acquisition of US-based biotech major Monsanto by German chemical and pharma major Bayer AG. However, the approval is subject to compliance of "certain modifications". Bayer is buying out Monsanto in a USD 66 billion deal. In a tweet, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it has approved "acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG, subject to compliance of certain modifications". Earlier in January, CCI had launched a public consultation process to determine whether the billion dollar merger deal between Bayer and Monsanto to create the world's largest seeds and pesticide firm will have any adverse impact on competition in India. Mergers and acquisitions beyond a certain threshold require approval of the CCI. Both the companies have presence in India, with the US firm selling genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds in the country for more than a decade.
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Automatic weather system comes as a boon for Maha farmers 20.5.2018 General News
Farmers, who are often at the receiving end of unpredictable weather, will now get detailed information about the climatic conditions in their area, thus allowing them better crop management and damage prevention. This is going to be possible as the Maharashtra government has commissioned 2,060 automatic weather stations (AWS) in as many revenue circles, to provide real time weather-related information to farmers up to the village level. "The idea was to create a decentralised system that would provide accurate weather related information right up to the village level," Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told PTI. As the current weather systems provide a consolidated information on weather of a whole region, one cannot exactly predict the climate change at a local level, he said. For instance, at times there is rain in one village and the adjoining village is dry, he said. "In the AWS, we will get exact information right up to the village level. Based on the information, ...
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Insight: Big Ag turns to peas to meet soaring global protein demand 18.5.2018 General News
(Reuters) - Cargill, the global grains trader, sees the future of protein in the humble pea.
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Demand for eco-friendly fabrics propels organic cotton farming in India 16.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Barku Jairam, a 55-year-old farmer from Barwani of Madhya Pradesh, has taken up cultivating organic cotton, which he claims, has significantly brought down input costs besides ensuring a decent yield.
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GEAC declines to give green light to GM mustard, seeks impact on bees (Comment: Special to IANS) 15.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
The regulator for genetically modified (GM) crops in its meeting on March 21 declined to reinforce its decision in May 2017 recommending approval for commercial cultivation of the GM mustard hybrid developed by a team of Delhi University scientists.
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Labelling norm on packaged food in next 2-3 months: FSSAI 15.5.2018 General News
Food regulator FSSAI will finalise the labelling standards on packaged food products in the next 2-3 months and is open to make changes in the draft rules to address the industry's concern, its CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said today. Last month, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued a draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018 and sought comments from stakeholders. The regulator has proposed making it mandatory to display red colour-coding on front of the pack of food products that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels. "We are getting stakeholders' comment on the draft regulations. The final regulations is expected in the next 2-3 months," Agarwal told reporters here when asked about the proposed labelling standards. He said the FSSAI is studying the model used in foreign countries like Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the US, for colour coding display on the packaged food item. "We are aware of the ...
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Is GM mustard a hazard for honey bees? 15.5.2018 Rediff: Business
There has been strong opposition from organisations influential with the government against approval to GM foods.
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Low-carb diet may protect eyesight 15.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Besides helping lose weight, consuming a ketogenic diet -- which is high fat, low protein and low carbohydrates -- can also help maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, finds a study conducted over mice.
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GEAC allows field trials of GM Mustard 15.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Environment Ministry has allowed field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) variety of mustard, which are expected to be held this winter.
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Does GM mustard harm honey bees? GEAC orders more field trials of crop 14.5.2018 Business Standard: News Now
The approval was put on hold pending formal clearance from the minister who wanted further tests to settle the issue
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More tests required for GM mustard: Centre 14.5.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Opinion remains divided on its release
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GEAC must review environmental release of GM mustard with utmost seriousness: Activists 14.5.2018 General News
A body of activists against genetically modified (GM) crops today asked the country's biotech regulator GEAC to take the review of environmental release of GM mustard, assigned to it by the government, scientifically and with utmost "seriousness". In a letter to the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the Coalition for a GM-Free India claimed that the GEAC went about "re-examination" of its decision for commercial release of GM mustard in a completely "facetious and non-serious way". The GEAC had recommend the commercial use of genetically modified mustard in a submission to the Environment Ministry last year. However, amid protest, the government referred the issue of commercial release of GM mustard back to the GEAC after receiving representations from various stakeholders. In the letter, the coalition said the minutes of the 134th meeting of GEAC was uploaded yesterday. "It is seen that GEAC decided that the 'applicant may be advised to undertake field demonstration on .
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GM a powerful farm tool but address safety, other concerns first: Panel 11.5.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Genetic engineering is a powerful' tool for developing future crops but before it is used for food, questions on its safety should be addressed and settled at the earliest, a high-powered official panel has recommended."GM (genetic modification) technology is a powerful tool for developing future crop varieties, with in-built genetic resistance to various biotic and abiotic stresses for reducing crop losses and enhanced input use efficiency, yield potential and quality traits. Their use will be crucial for food and nutritional security of the country and, therefore, research on these must be continued, with the aim of developing safer, more productive and nutritious food crops," the panel on doubling of farmers' income has said said.It says research on GM crops should be done in a more transparent and socially inclusive manner, for wider public acceptance. Concerns of the opponents of GM technology should be addressed, to allay the concerns on food safety, environmental and economic ..
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Letter to BS: Why Walmart-Flipkart deal is admission of defeat in India 10.5.2018 Latest News
The potential of biogas in India is 29-48 billion m3/year, while the actual utilisation is 2 billion m3/year
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BJP's peasant wing to train workers for reaching out to farmers 10.5.2018 General News
Seeking to propagate the "pro-farmer" policies of the Modi government, the Kisan Morcha of the BJP will start 'Kisan Samvad' (dialogue with farmers)under which it will train its volunteers who will fan out across the country to highlight the Centre's works, its chief Virendra Singh said today. Speaking to reporters, Singh also said that some people have become supportive of genetically modified (GM) crops after being opposed to it earlier but their impact has to be assessed before the government decides on their future. Singh said the Kisan Morcha will organise a training workshop for its volunteers from May 18-20 in Gurgaon. Singh is the BJP MP from Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh. Over 200 volunteers of the Kisan Morcha are expected to attend the event. The move comes amid what opposition parties have described as "growing agrarian distress" in the country, including in some BJP-led states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The 2019 general election is less than a year away. The ...
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