In the 1990s, Mark Lynas was a prominent anti-GM activist at the forefront of a world-wide movement mounting protest campaigns and destroying GM crops, but two decades later he changed his mind and has transformed into a vocal GM proponent.
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a licence to GO Resources Pty Ltd that authorises the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) safflower in Australia.
Science will play a key role when it comes to feeding the world and achieving agricultural targets like $100 billion in Australian farm gate outputs by 2030, according to Toowoomba-based researcher Kristen Knight.
A study of the adoption of Bt corn in North America has found it provides significant benefits to other crops by suppressing pests.
Independent analysis has demonstrated there are no premiums being delivered to the majority of South Australian farmers because of the state’s status as free of genetically modified crops.
The Gene Tehnology Regulator has issued a licence to Nuseed Pty Ltd authorising the commercial release of canola genetically modified for omega-3 oil content (known as DHA canola).
Gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR are seen as game-changers for agriculture. Australia is watching as Europe continues to grapple with how to regulate the process.
What can gene editing deliver for agriculture? Is regulation keeping up with this latest development in genetic technology? Will consumers accept it more readily than they have GMOs?
The new CRISPR gene editing technology offers the potential to radically change the way we breed crops. How widely and rapidly it’s adopted will depend not only on science, but also on public and regulatory acceptance.
The ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in South Australia is likely to be extended after the state’s Upper House passed, by one vote, a Greens motion to extend the prohibition to 2025.