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Brexit unlikely to change UK’s restrictive GMO crop rules in the next 3 years, USDA reports

In his inaugural speech as Prime Minister (PM) in July 2019, Boris Johnson said “let’s liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience ...
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Low-hanging fruit: How the first generation of GMO crops yielded massive economic and environmental benefits

There are still no widely available GM varieties of either wheat or rice, the second and third most widely grown ...
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FDA has ‘no objections’ to lab-made dairy proteins produced with GMO microbes

Perfect Day, a startup producing milk proteins via microbial fermentation (minus the cows), has secured a coveted ‘no questions/objections’ letter ...
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Gene editing most innovative agricultural development in 30 years, USDA senior scientist says

With climate change, an increase in animal diseases and more demanding consumers wanting fewer antibiotics to be used, future agricultural ...
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After three lost glyphosate-cancer trials, Bayer investors fear litigation ‘avalanche’ will further harm company’s reputation

Two influential shareholder advisory groups are split on whether investors should support Bayer AG’s management at its upcoming annual meeting, ...
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Viewpoint: How consumer fear and misguided regulation limit the progress of crop biotechnology

There is a profound disconnect between the modern science of crop improvement and the farmer ...
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Without steady supply of pesticides, Africa faces food security ‘disaster’ caused by resurgent locust swarms

The locust is considered the most deadly migratory parasite and a single swarm covering a square kilometer can be made ...
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Viewpoint: The dark side of biodiversity—Why living ‘in harmony’ with nature is a fantasy

The coronavirus is a brutal reminder to citizens abused by the rhetoric of conservationist movements that biodiversity is also a ...
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Woman charged for allegedly selling illegal pesticides on eBay she claimed would kill coronavirus

A Georgia woman made her initial appearance on federal charges of illegally importing and selling an unregistered pesticide, Toamit Virus ...
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CRISPR could yield herbicide-resistant, non-GMO soybeans to help combat stubborn weeds

It is often said that a soybean’s maximum yield potential is when it is still in the bag .... [E]verything ...
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Viewpoint: Excessive animal biotech rules hinder our efforts to battle coronavirus

To help the U.S. better prepare for the future, we need changes to the U.S. animal biotechnology regulatory system. The ...
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Pesticide-spraying drones accelerate sustainable farming as governments relax regulations

Move over dogs – drones are a farmer’s new best friend! In just a few years there’s been a huge ...
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Video: World has lots of food, but COVID-19 trade restrictions hamper supermarket restocking efforts

The food industry is struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Restrictions on transportation links that move ...
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GMO and organic crops can coexist with minimal risk of contamination, multiple studies confirm

In 2020, the world accommodates nearly 7.8 billion people. By 2050, world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. With ...
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Norwegians see advantages to gene editing food

Norwegian consumers are receptive to using gene editing tools in agriculture if they bring social, economic and environmental benefits, a ...
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Viewpoint: 6 debunked anti-GMO talking points activists should abandon for good

The public still accepts some blatant untruths about biotechnology, food safety, and sustainability ...
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Viewpoint: Africa’s battle against locust swarms exposes folly of fearing pesticides and GMOs

Europeans are panic-buying in the supermarkets around the continent .... The retailers are being overrun, but the only real shortage ...
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Coronavirus may force massive changes to restaurant industry, including customer temperature checks

Many are dreaming about what they'll do when the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. People are already imagining their first ...
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With approval to plant GMO insect-resistant Bt cowpea, Nigerian farmer says her nation can lead Africa’s biotech ‘revolution’

I haven’t wanted to plant cowpea here in Nigeria because the plant suffers from one of the worst enemies imaginable: ...
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95.5% of Europe’s produce below legal pesticide limits, posing little risk to consumers, food safety officials say

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based ...
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Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the ...
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Coronavirus presents ‘looming food crisis,’ FAO warns

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the global coronavirus pandemic may trigger a “looming food ...
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New GMO crops are coming, but why do just four companies develop so many of them?

In November, Science magazine .... described how corn breeding researchers were able to activate a gene that regulated corn growth ...
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EPA green lights weedkiller for use on GMO soy, helping farmers control herbicide-resistant weeds

[March 30], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, ...
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Restricting trade to clamp down on coronavirus may lead to food shortages

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, fears of a deep global recession are mounting. Some also fear that food supplies ...
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Viewpoint: LA restaurants tried to sell groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did the city shut them down?

A few Los Angeles restaurants struggling to maintain footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak identified a clever way to generate revenue ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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Podcast: Science writer Michael Specter on what you should know about the coronavirus, food security and GMOs

Science writer, New Yorker contributor and author of the book Denialism Michael Specter joins Felix Salmon on the Slate Money ...