GFM Network News


The agriculture industry must realize growers and consumers can see the same thing differently.

Can innovation soothe consumer fears?

CRISPR promises huge potential gains for the entire world, but first it must develop signs of consumer acceptance

Reading Time: 7 minutes Agriculture has done a better job of creating advanced genetics than of gaining public acceptance for them. Ever since the arrival of Bt corn and RR soybeans, growers have seen yield increases and simplified weed and pest management spread across crops and across the country. Yet in 2020, a segment of society still opposes those […] Read more

Epigenetics is already working in sorghum trials, and has cleared initial regulatory barriers too.

Is this what farmers have been waiting for?

Based on promising early results, “epigenetics” may help save agriculture from climate change

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the past 25 years, the agricultural landscape has seen several significant changes, from the advent of herbicide-tolerant crops to precision agriculture systems and soil supplements. Many were dubbed game changers when they were introduced, and we’re glad to have them all, but they also met with unexpected issues like weed resistance, or they didn’t […] Read more


It’s not enough to say Canadian growers can compete; the regulatory system is in need of an upgrade.

Why farm innovation is faltering

Farmers are being left behind as they get squeezed between new regulations and consumer activism

Reading Time: 8 minutes The turn of the millennium was an amazing time to be involved in agriculture. Technologies like Roundup Ready, LibertyLink and Bt corn hybrids were in their infancy, with the promise of more to come from GMO labs. GPS yield monitors were new too, and the fledgling world of molecular “pharming” and “farmaceuticals” seemed to promise […] Read more



GMO rules cover plant gene editing technique, top EU court says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — Crops obtained by plant breeding technique mutagenesis should fall under laws restricting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Europe’s highest court said on Wednesday, in a victory for environmental campaigners. The biotech industry had argued that much of mutagenesis, or gene editing, is effectively little different to the mutagenesis that […] Read more

According to one report, DuPont Pioneer is using CRISPR technology to develop a corn hybrid with a higher wax content, due out in 2020.

Our CRISPR future

New technology promises to shove traditional GMO breeding aside, with huge gains for growers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Where were you when… you heard of GPS or Bt corn for the first time? Both were seminal moments of the past 25 years in agriculture that have led to further innovation and advances, increasing growers’ efficiency and productivity at practically every step of the way. Now, CRISPR technology represents another of these seminal moments, […] Read more



U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on CRISPR

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — The U.S. patent agency on Tuesday will hear arguments in a heated dispute over who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Hundreds of millions of dollars may be at stake, as the technology promises commercial applications in treating genetic diseases, engineering crops, and other areas. CRISPR works as […] Read more


Hopes grow for gene editing

This safe new technology promises to take us far beyond GMOs. But will consumers let us use it?

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new technology called gene editing promises to pick up where GMOs have fallen short. In other words, with gene editing, farmers and consumers may benefit as much as chemical and seed companies. But for that to happen, farmers must become familiar with this new technology, they must understand what it can offer agriculture and […] Read more