PIRACICABA, Brazil, March 2 (Reuters) – Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project.
The Consumer Affairs Agency’s expert committee is expected to conclude its review of Japan’s
labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods at the end of March 2018. As a part of the
ongoing review, informal discussions have begun on a possible stricter threshold for the use of
voluntary “non-GE” labeling. However, some participating expert members have expressed concern
that foreign grain and oilseed supplies could be disrupted by a new, stricter standard. The concept of
tighter requirements for “non-GE” labeling is expected to be the focus of the next (and likely final)
expert committee meeting. Read more
A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica’s King George Island.
Now, the rocky landscape is visible to the naked eye, in a region that is both a victim of and a laboratory for climate change. Read more
In December 2017, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) issued a directive allowing the commercial sale of food derived from genetically modified (GM) rice line known as GR2E. FSANZ said food derived from GR2E is considered to be safe for human consumption. It also requires manufacturers to label their products as “genetically modified,” in line with Australia and New Zealand’s guidelines on food labeling and to give consumers an informed choice. Read more