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26 March 2010
Enviropig makes its début
After ten years of development, Canadian researchers have developed the genetically modified ‘Enviropig’ that produces manure with less phosphorus. Despite controversy, approval applications have been submitted to the Canadian Health Ministry and to the USA Food and Drug Administration.

26 March 2010
GM bananas premiere in Australia
After a year of growth in far north Queensland, the first Australian GM bananas genetically modified to contain increased levels of pro-vitamin A and iron have been picked and tested.

26 March 2010
Austria withdraws study on long-term consequences of GM maize
The study, published in November 2008, had caused quite a public stir since some of the mice that were fed with genetically modified maize gave birth to fewer offspring. The media and gene technology critics had interpreted the result as evidence of a reduced fertility caused by GM maize.

17 March 2010
Debate over GM sugar beets: US court allows planting and harvest
Farmers in the USA will be allowed to plant GM sugar beets this year as planned and also market the derived sugar. An injunction filed by several environmental groups to prohibit commercial planting immediately due to inadequate clarification of cross-pollination risks was denied by a US court.

12 March 2010
‚Zero tolerance’ of GM: New problems with the import of feed?
The European feed industry once again has warned of problems with the import of feed in the case that the EU upholds its policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for unapproved genetically modified (GM) plants. John Dalli, EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection, is expected to suggest new solutions “in a matter of weeks”.

12 March 2010
ISAAA: Developing nations faster on the GM uptake
In the coming two to three years, China and Brazil may form the vanguard of developing nations that are moving the most rapidly towards genetically modified (GM) crops. According to Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, the speed of such countries will exceed that of wealthier nations.

05 March 2010
GM potatoes: BASF at work
After a nod by the European Commission to cultivation of the controversial genetically modified (GM) potato developed by the BASF chemical company and known as Amflora, a speaker for the company has announced plans to apply for approval for two further varieties of GM potato.

04 March 2010
TILLING: a new tool for plant breeders?
An amylose-free potato has been developed by researchers through the use of a new breeding method known as TILLING. Possible use of this method as an alternative to genetic engineering has been postulated in the media.

02 March 2010
EU Commission grants planting of the Amflora potato
The EU Commision has allowed commercial planting of the genetically modified Amflora potato. This is the first approval granted for the planting of a genetically modified crop in the EU since 1998.


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