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World’s GM crops crops larger than U.S. by half

Mother Jones offers an excellent visual breakdown of the recent ISAAA report on the global prevalence of GM crops ...

Growing need for GMO labelling in Namibia

The following is an edited excerpt. The Namibian Organic Association (NOA) is calling for the introduction of mandatory and comprehensive ...

A Ugandan farmer’s diary: Biotechnology and the future of farming

The following is an excerpt. For years we have been waiting for a law governing the use of biotechnology products, ...

Church of England “may allow” GM crops on its land

The following is an excerpt. The Church of England, which controls over £7bn of investments including large portfolios of agricultural ...

Colorado rejects labels for genetically engineered food

The following is an excerpt. Colorado lawmakers Thursday rejected a proposal that would have required genetically engineered food to be ...
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The “BioPiracy” myth at the heart of the Monsanto case

Anti-GMO campaigners and some farmers claim that Monsanto and other corporations use their deep pockets and unfair patent laws to ...
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Poland backs away from agricultural biotech

Last month Poland banned an important farm technology for purely political reasons and without any scientific justification, argues a Polish ...

Farm virus ‘can infect wild animals’

The following is an excerpt. A livestock virus sweeping through British sheep flocks and cattle herds has infected wild deer, ...

Monsanto likely to score Supreme Court win with far-reaching benefits for corporate farming

The following is an excerpt. On Feb. 19, 2013, the Supreme Court heard yet another Monsanto case. (And yet again, ...

GM crops have a role in sustainable agriculture

The following is an editorial summary. Dr. Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, associate dean of Education for Economic Development and Extension in ...

Organic tomatoes accumulate more vitamin C, sugars

The following is an excerpt. Tomatoes grown on organic farms accumulate higher concentrations of sugars, vitamin C and compounds associated ...

We broke the tomato, and we’re using science to fix it

The following is an edited excerpt. Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties ...

Lawmakers expect legal challenge if Vermont’s GMO label bill passes

The following is an excerpt. Under a bill gaining support in the Statehouse, Vermont could be the first state in ...
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Bowman v. Monsanto: Supremes unsympathetic to farmer’s deception

In the battle over GM seeds and their progeny, the Supreme Court appears to favor intellectual property rights ...

Western monopoly hinders sound policies on GM foods across Africa

The following is an excerpt. Genetically modified foods are a viable solution for struggling African countries if Western monopolies are ...
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Bowman v Monsanto: Genetic innovation in the crosshairs?

This week, the Supreme Court will bear witness to a square-off between a 75-year-old soybean farmer and the world's largest ...

India: Discredited Seralini paper wreaks havoc on GM debate

The following is an excerpt. India has become a flashpoint for the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture in the ...

Zimbabwe: Anti-GMO sentiment blocks import of inexpensive maize

The following is an excerpt. Poultry producers have appealed to the Agricultural Marketing Authority to review the ban on the ...

Seed giants sue U.S. farmers over GM seed patents in shocking numbers

The following is an excerpt. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 19 in "Bowman v. Monsanto Co.," a landmark court battle ...

Team-up: Organic farmer and geneticist promote cooperation for sustainability

The following is an excerpt. Raoul Adamchak and Pamela Ronald believe the key to sustainability in agriculture is not insisting ...

Groundbreaking tech — including GM — smothered by anti-technology ideologues

The following is an excerpt Groundbreaking new technologies commonly face intractable opposition from various quarters–often from vested interests or societal ...
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Q&A with Mark Lynas and plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff

Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and pioneer in transgenics, critiques Lynas' recent speech and discusses the future of plant biotechnology ...
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Q&A with Mark Lynas and plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff

Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and pioneer in transgenics, critiques Lynas' recent speech and discusses the future of plant biotechnology ...
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Q&A with Mark Lynas and plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff

Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and pioneer in transgenics, critiques Lynas' recent speech and discusses the future of plant biotechnology ...

Plant scientists hope to use epigenetics to improve crops

The following is an excerpt. Plant scientists long have known they can alter crops genetically to improve performance; they’ve been ...

Northeast Organic Farm Association discusses GMOs at conference

The following is an excerpt. “They’ve got a beautiful package. They’ve got seeds that are resistant. They phase out the ...
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Q&A with Mark Lynas and plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff

Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and pioneer in transgenics, critiques Lynas' recent speech and discusses the future of plant biotechnology ...
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Q&A with Mark Lynas and plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff

Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and pioneer in transgenics, critiques Lynas' recent speech and discusses the future of plant biotechnology ...