Saturday, 27 August 2016

Potato Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2016 Takes Place in Scotland

Potato Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2016 Ta...

  The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) organizes in Dundee Scotland, a scientific ...

An International Business Meeting for the Industry: PotatoEurope 2016

An International Business Meeting for the Industry...

 The 11th edition of PotatoEurope will be held on September 14-15 at Villers-Saint-Christophe, hal...

A Better Perspective on Potato Processing: AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation Visited McCain

A Better Perspective on Potato Processing: AHDB Po...

  AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation recently continued its exploration of Great Britain’s diverse po...

Tong Reinforces Sales Division

Tong Reinforces Sales Division

  Alice Tong, daughter of Chairman Charles Tong, has joined the family-run business, Tong Engineering....

Bosch and Bühler Agree on Research Cooperation

Bosch and Bühler Agree on Research Cooperation

    Bühler and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions agreed to expand their existing successful colla...

FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, wh...

How to Seal 6,000 Potato Packages Per Hour with Ultrasonic Technology

How to Seal 6,000 Potato Packages Per Hour with Ultraso...

  The German food company Wernsing Feinkost GmbH, based in Addrup-Essen near Oldenburg, seals 6,000 ba...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorter...

  Key Technology introduces its VERYX belt-fed digital sorters, with a goal to improve product quality...

Technology Producers Make Drone Demonstrations at Potato Farm in Oregon

Technology Producers Make Drone Demonstrations at Potat...

 The Oregon UAS FutureFarm will host the first Ag Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon on August 18 -19, wh...

Avebe Starts the Potato Harvest Campaign

Avebe Starts the Pot...

 Potato starch producer Avebe has recently announced the s...

New Potato Products Recently Launched Worldwide

New Potato Products ...

Potato manufacturers are competing in launching new produc...

Ballreich Wins Best Potato Chip and Potato Stick

Ballreich Wins Best ...

  Potato producer Ballreich has recently been awarded for...

McDonald’s of the Future Serves Unlimited Fries

McDonald’s of the Fu...

  McDonald’s has recently opened a new location in Missou...

Kiremko is the Main Supplier for New Project Linkage Farm Frites in China

Kiremko is the Main ...

   Dutch engineering company Kiremko will be the main sup...

Greenpeace Issues Blacklist for Pesticides in EU

Greenpeace Issues Bl...

 Greenpeace Germany has recently published a new version o...

Costs of Developing GM Potatoes Comparable to Conventional Varieties

Costs of Developing ...

  The cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact n...

Scientists to Test Potatoes Grown in Mars and Moon Soils

Scientists to Test P...

 Scientists of Wageningen University and Research (The Net...

Solana Seeds UK Opens New Facility in North Norfolk

Solana Seeds UK Open...

  Solana Seeds UK celebrated its first birthday with a sp...

Farm Visit: How to Produce Potatoes for PepsiCo Factory in Romania

Farm Visit: How to P...

  Mirica Farm in Romania is preparing to develop one of t...

The South African government has rejected an application from the Agriculture Research Council (ARC) to provide genetically modified potatoes to local farmers, saying it was concerned about its safety and economic effect.
"This is probably the most significant victory of my career. For a pro-genetically modified government to refuse a commercial application on safety grounds is quite ground breaking," said the African Centre for Biosafety's director Mariam Mayet.
The centre spearheaded a campaign against the ARC's application for commercial release of its SpuntaG2 potato, which has been engineered to kill the tuber moth, a common pest that damages crops in the field and in storage.
The potato contains a gene from a common soil bacteria called Bacillus thurengensis, which interferes with the moths' digestive system, and effectively gives the crop a built-in pesticide.
Potatoes SA, fast food outlet McDonald's, and food retailers Pick n Pay and Fruit and Veg City have also expressed objections to the ARC's application, saying they were concerned about consumer choice.
McDonald's, which obtained its potatoes from McCain's, would not use genetically modified potatoes in any of its products, said its spokesman, Maredi Mogodi.
The executive council on genetically modified organisms rejected the ARC's application for a permit for commercial release of the SpuntaG2 on health, environmental and economic grounds.
According to minutes of the meeting during which the decision was made, published on the Department of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries' website, the council was particularly concerned about the potential effect of the potatoes on the formal trade, as SA did not have segregation facilities.
It also said commercial farmers were unlikely to see a reduction in input costs, as the tuber moth was not a major factor and they would still need to spray their crop against other pests.
The council also raised concerns about the ARC's toxicity tests on animals, and the lack of data on the alteration of the potato's allergen content by the insertion of the Bacillus thurengensis gene .
ARC researcher Gurling Bothma said the decision was "disappointing". The ARC had lodged an appeal last month, and expected a decision by the end of the year .

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