Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist

Last update 13:00 | 15/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Prof., Dr. Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam, speaks to Viet Nam News about the agricultural challenges facing the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and measures to cope with them.  

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Prof Dr Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam

What challenges does agriculture in the Mekong Delta face today?

There are three major challenges for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta now.

The first is small scale of production as a result of which farmers have disadvantages. Tiếp tục đọc “Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist”

Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change


Update: August, 19/2017 – 20:20

Delegates meet at an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19. – VNS Photo Thế Anh

CẦN THƠ — Agricultural biotechnology is one of the key tools that can improve the yield and quality of agricultural products in a time of climate change, experts said.

The experts were attending an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19.

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy, chair of the HLPDAB, and director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, said that Việt Nam, like many other economies, was facing multiple challenges due to climate change, including shrinking agricultural area and land degradation caused by urbanisation and saline intrusion caused by rising sea levels. Tiếp tục đọc “Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change”

Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

Posted on Apr 18 2017 – 4:57pm by Sustainable Pulse

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.


The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. Tiếp tục đọc “Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights”

Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans

What will scientists do with $100 million to mass-produce genes in the lab?

technologyreview – A proposal by a group of scientists and businesspeople to synthesize a human genome from scratch is attracting sharp criticism for dodging the big ethical questions such a step raises.

The proposal, described today in a two-and-a-half-page letter being published in Science, is to string together synthetically made DNA and shape from it a human genome able to power a cell in a dish, according to lead authors Jef Boeke of New York University’s Langone Medical Center and biotechnologist George Church of Harvard Medical School. Tiếp tục đọc “Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans”

Bayer Makes $62 Billion Bid for Monsanto

Combination would create one of the world’s largest agrochemical businesses
By Christopher Alessi

Bayer said the $122-a-share offer represents ‘value at a substantial premium’ for Monsanto shareholdersUpdated May 23, 2016 8:59 a.m. ET


wsj – FRANKFURT—German pharmaceutical and chemicals giant Bayer AG on Monday said it made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto Co. for $62 billion, valuing the U.S. company at a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company.

Bayer, which confirmed last week that it had approached Monsanto about a takeover, said the $122-a-share bid values Monsanto at 37% over its closing share price of $89.03 on May 9, the day before Bayer made a written proposal to the U.S. company.
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Food Giants Announce Major New Labeling Initiative

Most controversially, the label will detailed whether products contain GMOs.

Fortune – Some of the largest food manufacturers and grocers announced today an initiative to provide consumers with “instantaneous access” about detailed information on thousands of products through their smart phones. Shoppers, using their smartphones, will simply scan a code, called a QR code or barcode, according to the initiative by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

More than 30 food giants, ncluding Pepsi, ConAgra, Hormel, Campbell Soup, Land O’Lakes, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Hershey, and General Foods, have signed on to participate in the SmartLabel Initiative. The SmartLabel will include ingredients, allergens, animal welfare, environmental policies, and, perhaps the most controversial attribute, whether the food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The information will also be available on the web and, in some cases, at retailers’ customer service desks, so consumers without smartphones also have access to the information. The technology will be available on 30,000 products by the end of 2017. The announcement comes on the heels of the FDA’s approval last month of the first genetically modified animal, a fast-growing salmon, a move that drew many calls for labeling, including from the editorial board of the New York Times. Tiếp tục đọc “Food Giants Announce Major New Labeling Initiative”

Monsanto to commercialise four new GM corn breeds

Last update 10:40 | 07/06/2015

Monsanto announced it would commercialise four new genetically modified corn breeds in Vietnam in October this year.

Monsanto to commercialise four new GM corn breeds

According to Do Quang Truong, technical director of Dekalb Vietnam, the Vietnamese representative of Monsanto in Vietnam. Of the four breeds, DK6919R is pest resistant while the remaining three, namely DK9955S, DK8868S and DK6919S are both pest-resistant and herbicide-resistant. Tiếp tục đọc “Monsanto to commercialise four new GM corn breeds”