GMO sustainability advantage? Glyphosate spurs no-till farming, preserving soil carbon

GMO sustainability advantage? Glyphosate spurs no-till farming, preserving soil carbon

Skeptics of GMOs decry the growing practice of no-till farming and its connection to herbicide-tolerant crops. Yet, agronomists say good ...
GMO Bt corn’s underrated ability to reduce mycotoxins benefits health and economy

GMO Bt corn’s underrated ability to reduce mycotoxins benefits health and economy

One side benefit of Bt corn is its ability to reduce mycotoxin contamination, which could provide health and economic benefits ...
How supercomputers and plant genetics provide farmers better seeds

How supercomputers and plant genetics provide farmers better seeds

Without advanced computing, the secrets of plant genetics would go largely untapped ...
Hero of Neil Young's anti-GMO doc 'Seeding Fear' is confessed thief

Hero of Neil Young’s anti-GMO doc ‘Seeding Fear’ is confessed thief

Neil Young has followed up his anti-GMO attack album with a new propaganda mini-doc about the evils of Monsanto. Now ...
'GMO free' myth busting: Labeling movement leading farmers to use more toxic chemicals

‘GMO free’ myth busting: Labeling movement leading farmers to use more toxic chemicals

The 'non GMO' movement has been a boon to some farmers, who have dumped GMOs to grow conventional non GMO ...
Has agroecology been hijacked by activists more concerned about anti-GMO purity than sustainability?

Has agroecology been hijacked by activists more concerned about anti-GMO purity than sustainability?

Agroecology is widely touted as an alternative to farming that uses GMOs. Yet it's really about, or should be about, ...
Bananas, monoculture and biotech solution: No, Michael Pollan, GMOs do not limit genetic diversity

Bananas, monoculture and biotech solution: No, Michael Pollan, GMOs do not limit genetic diversity

The Panama disease ravished Cavendish banana is a cautionary tale of the vulnerabilities of monoculture crops. Can biotechnology play a ...
In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of anti-GMO 'Green Blob', advocates and opponents play tug-of-war over Africa

In wake of Owen Paterson rebuke of anti-GMO ‘Green Blob’, advocates and opponents play tug-of-war over Africa

Owen Paterson's recent speech on the green lobby's role in blocking GMOs in Africa stirred some strong responses from both ...
Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security?

Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security?

Breakthroughs are helping researchers 'supercharge' photosynthesis and increase rice yields. But anti-GMO critics say food security should focus on distribution, ...
Synbio firm Intrexon snaps up Okanagan, developers of new GM Arctic Apple

Synbio firm Intrexon snaps up Okanagan, developers of new GM Arctic Apple

Those wondering whether the the newly approved GMO fruit, Arctic Apple, has a future now know: With this merger/take-over, new ...
Can GM technology promote sustainable salmon farming?

Can GM technology promote sustainable salmon farming?

Can biotechnology overcome the stigma manufactured by activists to provide solutions for a sustainable seafood movement? Is the sustainability movement ...
What do off-patent GM soybeans say about possibilities of open source biotech?

What do off-patent GM soybeans say about possibilities of open source biotech?

As Monsanto's patent on GM soybeans expires this spring, where does this leave the conversation over corporate control in the ...
Bob Simon’s final 60 Minutes: Grinding progress of ZMAPP Ebola GMO drug

Bob Simon’s final 60 Minutes: Grinding progress of ZMAPP Ebola GMO drug

The final story of Bob Simon's brilliant journalism career put him in the middle of a GMO controversy--the use of ...
Zero tolerance policies on GMO "contamination" hurt organic and conventional farmers alike

Zero tolerance policies on GMO “contamination” hurt organic and conventional farmers alike

Neighboring organic farmers and GMO farmers struggle to coexist amid fears of gene flow through cross pollination. Yet agricultural scientists ...
How activists, sloppy reporters turned genetic firewall story into hysteria-gram on GMO dangers

How activists, sloppy reporters turned genetic firewall story into hysteria-gram on GMO dangers

In the hands of activists and sloppy reporters, breakthrough research on setting genetic 'kill switches' to prevent synthetic genes from ...
Scientific consensus on GMO safety stronger than for global warming

Scientific consensus on GMO safety stronger than for global warming

Scientists blame the media and the lack of quality K-12 STEM education for large differences between public opinion and scientific ...
Pests invade Europe after neonicotinoids ban, with no benefit to bee health

Pests invade Europe after neonicotinoids ban, with no benefit to bee health

The neonics ban in Europe may be backfiring as farmers turn topesticides that had been phased out because of potentially ...
Will "non natural" synbio dairy products face same skepticism as GMOs?

Will “non natural” synbio dairy products face same skepticism as GMOs?

Dairy-free genetically modified milk and cheese products could appeal to vegans' environmental sensibilities. But they also face pushback over concerns ...
Could genetically engineered chickens reverse the avian flu epidemic?

Could genetically engineered chickens reverse the avian flu epidemic?

Genetically engineered chicken could be more effective than vaccines at preventing transmissions of avian flu—a disease that can be devastating ...
Why Britain is going its own way on GMOs

Why Britain is going its own way on GMOs

Britain will grow GMOs now the EU compromise is official. Support in Britain over the last few years has only ...
Cornucopia Institute: Organic farms industrializing--As sustainability benefits of GMO crops rise

Cornucopia Institute: Organic farms industrializing–As sustainability benefits of GMO crops rise

According to key organic supporters, organic farming is no longer the idyllic image that the multi-billion dollar industry promotes. And ...
Avoiding "foreign genes" trap: Tale of two potatoes highlights new era of GE crops

Avoiding “foreign genes” trap: Tale of two potatoes highlights new era of GE crops

J.R. Simplot’s recently approved Innate potato could be the first in a new generation of GMO crops bred using new ...
Climate change: Are forestry and agriculture (and GMOs) part of the problem or a solution?

Climate change: Are forestry and agriculture (and GMOs) part of the problem or a solution?

To address climate change, solutions must be found in agriculture. Sustainable intensification of agriculture, including the use of GMOs, could ...
Are African farmers in danger of becoming slaves to patented seeds?

Are African farmers in danger of becoming slaves to patented seeds?

GMO debate is sometimes a proxy for questions about corporate control of agriculture, particularly in Africa. As in most cases, ...