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USDA approves Cargill’s biotech omega-3 canola for cultivation

August 22, 2019

US agribusiness firm Cargill has received approval from the US Department of Agriculture to grow a biotech canola variety in the USA that produces omega-3 fatty acids, which can be used to replace fish oil in aquaculture feeds.

Exports of Caribbean essential oils to Europe rising

August 22, 2019

Exports of Caribbean essential oils to the EU has grown by 33% in the past year due to rising concern about sustainability and ethics in personal care products, according to the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) on 31 July.

EU scientists call for rethink on genome editing

August 21, 2019

European scientists have called on the newly-elected European Parliament and European Commission (EC) to rethink genome editing technology restrictions, exactly a year after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that plants obtained through the technology should be considered genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

JBS announces new biodiesel plant

August 20, 2019

Brazilian meat processor JBS plans to invest R$180M (US$47.5M) in a new biodiesel facility which will use pork and poultry fat as part of its feedstock.

Volcano eruption affects palm oil production in Papua New Guinea

August 19, 2019

Two volcanic eruptions and a heavier than usual rainy reason will lead to a 19% fall in palm and palm kernel oil production in Papua New Guinea for Belgian agribusiness firm Sipef.

SACN says saturated fats should account for no more than 10% of daily calories

August 15, 2019

The UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says UK consumers should continue to ensure that saturated fats account for “no more than about 10%” of daily calories after revising reviewing advice handed down from 1994.

Brazil approves B15 and raises blending minimum to B11

August 15, 2019

Brazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced on 6 August that it has approved the sale and use of B15 biodiesel and is raising the minimum blend of the fuel from 10% to 11%, from September.

EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

August 15, 2019

The European Commission (EC) has imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for EU producers.

Proposed EC anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel “too low”

August 14, 2019

Preliminary anti-subsidy duties imposed on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce EU imports of palm oil-based biodiesel, according to Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).


Bayer cancels plans to widely sell US crop product in 2020

August 13, 2019

German pharmaceuticals firm Bayer has decided to scrap plans to widely sell a new US crop protection chemical in 2020 following safety concerns.

France bans palm oil from biofuels

August 12, 2019

France has passed a regulation which will ban the use of palm oil in biofuels from 31 December 2019, according to Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).