The gene and its protein product are well characterized, and for 28 years farmers have used the crystalline protein itself as a pesticidal spray on dozens of food crops
, including peaches, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes and cabbage.
However, genetic changes in food crops
have lasting global implications, which require ethical and legal considerations.
In fact, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization reports that "the scale of worldwide research on individual staple food crops
has been in inverse ratio to their importance in Africa.
Because of that, forced relocation, many tribal members who were used to growing their own livestock and food crops
contracted diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, psychological and other stress disorders.
The mini-chromosome technology itself has the potential to eliminate the barriers for improved food crops
, as well as the development of pharmaceuticals, textiles and other important products.
The massive effort to sequence the human genome is paralleled by projects to sequence the genomes of infectious organisms, research animals including fruit flies, worms and rats, and important food crops
The European Union's approval of biological fungicide for use on food crops
and the green signal given by the United States for development of novel gene delivery technology that could be used in agriculture and medicine are also providing additional impetus for biotech adoption.
Environmental concern is also forcing companies to address issues relating to cross-contamination of plant pharmaceutical crops and food crops
Although NAMA supports biotechnology, our members are also very concerned about the use of food crops
like corn for the production of pharmaceuticals and industrial products.
This action seeks to contribute to the preservation of the Mount Nimba protected area by promoting agroforestry using the "fertilizer trees" as a means of stabilizing food crops
among farmers living
uk FOOD crops
grown for "green" biofuels are counter-productive when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Bangor University scientists believe.
MAHARASHTRA may have allowed open field trials of Genetically Modified ( GM) food crops
, but the Gujarat government has refused to follow suit.