Brazil Approves First Commercially Available GM Sugarcane

In December, 2016, Gustavo Leite, Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) CEO, stated that the first variety of transgenic sugarcane would be released commercially in the first half of 2017.

Six months later, as reported by Reuters on June 8, 2017, it’s here.

Reuters also reports that the variety of genetically engineered sugarcane approved “is resistant to the insect Diatraea saccharalis, known locally as ‘broca-da-cana’ (cane borer)” and that this variety of GM cane contains the Bt gene widely used in other crops including corn, cotton, eggplant, potato and yet to be commercially available tomato and soybean. Read More

What to Know and Do About GMOs

By Charmaine Rusin

On May 25, 2013, an estimated 2 million people in 436 cities of 52 countries worldwide participated in the global March Against Monsanto to protest genetically engineered foods and their agricultural chemical companions. Currently, of crops grown in the United States, approximately 91 percent of corn, 95 percent of soy, 90 percent of cotton and canola and 95 percent of sugar beets are genetically engineered. Yet, what is most alarming is how little Americans seem to know about genetically modified organisms (GMO), the products of laboratory manipulation of a plant’s DNA. Read More