USDA to biotech: Call your own compliance

July 30, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

Steven Suppan, July 30, 2019 | The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants agribusiness to sell more genetically engineered (GE) seeds and food products all over the world, as soon as possible. This rule would go beyond already controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to encompass hundreds of new products of new gene and genome editing techniques. The fastest way to do that?...

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GES Center awarded half-million dollar grant to study responsible innovation of food nanotechnology

July 25, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

July 25, 2019 | Khara Grieger and Jennifer Kuzma will lead a two-year, USDA-funded study of responsible innovation of food nanotechnology....

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Figure 1 Summary of GE Plants Oversight in Proposed Rule - J. Kuzma

Biotechnology Oversight Gets an Early Make-Over by Trump’s White House and USDA: Part 2 – The USDA-APHIS Rule

July 2, 2019 | Jennifer Kuzma

Jennifer Kuzma, July 2, 2019 | USDA-APHIS has proposed an oversight process for GE crops that appears to be a significant departure from the current one. This article discusses the features of the proposed new rule, along with its strengths and weaknesses and my recommendations for how it should be amended. ...

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Biotechnology Oversight Gets an Early Make-Over by Trump’s White House and USDA: Part 1—The Executive Order

June 18, 2019 | Jennifer Kuzma

Jennifer Kuzma, June 18, 2019 | Last week, the Trump administration set the tone for its oversight of agricultural biotechnology (ag biotech) through two major actions: 1) Signing the Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products Executive Order; and 2) Proposing a draft rule on the Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs), changing how USDA reviews GE plants....

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GES Colloquium | Ross Sozzani and Cranos Williams on RiseEnAg for Systems Engineering and Agriculture

April 16, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 4/16/18 - Dr. Ross Sozzani and Dr. Cranos Williams | RiseEnAg for Systems Engineering and Agriculture - Convergent research across engineering and the plant sciences...

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Emerging Biotechnologies in Agriculture

April 2, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

Emerging Biotechnologies in Agriculture | April 2, 2019, 5:30PM, Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library - $10-$35 | Join the GES Center, industry and government experts, and the Triangle BABCNC as we discuss genetic approaches to agricultural pest management and crop science and explore the myths and realities of the GMO debate in the US and Europe....

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GES Colloquium | Danesha Carley, NC State’s New Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science in Agriculture

April 2, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 4/2/18 - Danesha Carley, NC State's New Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science in Agriculture | Currently, there is a lack of university programs in regulatory science specifically related to agriculture. There is a need for a new program that can provide undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education opportunities in regulatory science, and also provide a forum for the advancement of regulatory science in agriculture. With the importance of regulatory science for innovation in agriculture, and the leadership position that NC State has established in the arena of agricultural advances and technology, we are forming a Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture (CERSA)....

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AgBioFEWS Response Form

February 19, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

Please complete this application in its entirety and remember to click ‘Submit Application’ at the end. If you need any assistance, please contact us at gesocietycenter@ncsu.edu or (919) 515-2596.   Share:...

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GES Colloquium | Jennifer Kuzma – Regulating Gene-Edited Crops

February 5, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 2/5/18 - Jennifer Kuzma | Crop gene editing emerged just over a decade ago as a promising set of biotechnology techniques designed to more quickly and precisely introduce new or altered genes to change plant characteristics for better growth, product quality, processing, nutrition, or sustainability. Scientists in academia and the ag-biotech industry alike are promoting gene editing, through techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9, as the start of a second biotechnology revolution in agriculture. ...

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WP: Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?

December 18, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

“We’re at this inflection point in society, where gene editing is really taking off, and now is the time we could have a more sustained public conversation about how we want it used in our world and how we don’t want it to be used,” said Jennifer Kuzma, co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University. “All the polls indicate that people are less comfortable with animal biotechnology than plant biotechnology... A regulatory system cannot be based 100 percent on science or scientific risk, and values come into play when setting the standards.”...

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