Global agricultural biotechnology market growing at a rapid pace

The global market for agricultural biotechnology was $13.7 billion in 2011 and is estimated to grow to $14.4 billion in ...

GM crops lead to genetically modified tires

High yielding, genetically modified crops have transformed the economics of U.S. farming. But they also pack an unexpected punch: Their ...

Ireland: Protest over GM potatoes grows

It was reported last week that Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency had approved the trial of a genetically modified potato crop ...

Swedish agricultural and food co-operative shuts feed line after GM rapemeal found

Lantmannen highlighted the severity of the European Union's opposition to genetically modified foods by revealing that it had closed down ...

Bananas and genetic engineering: Past, present and future

Scientists are fighting to protect the hundreds of bananas and plantains people eat around the world from a blizzard of ...

Ireland: Angry reaction to GM potatoes go-ahead

Top names from the food, restaurant, and tourism sectors have sharply criticised the Environmental Protection Agency for potentially destroying Ireland’s ...

Philippines: GMO trials to continue

Field trials and commercializing genetically engineered crops to address food security and raise farmer income will continue to be pursued ...

Commentary: What are the consequences of labeling GM food?

Genetically modified organisms in agriculture have been a source of controversy since their introduction in the mid-1990s. On the one ...

New book on ‘Darwinian Agriculture’ explains how evolution can improve agriculture

The largest drought in 50 years has severely damaged much of the nation's "corn belt" and is threatening the viability ...

Newly found genes may lead to nematode-resistant cotton

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have made significant progress in finding genetic resistance to two key cotton pests—the root-knot ...

Philippines: Anti-GM activists raise alarm on testing of GMO rice

A field testing of genetically modified “Golden Rice” in two Camarines Sur towns has stirred debate between organic farmers and ...

GMO sugar beets get the green light from the USDA

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruled once and for all to allow unrestricted planting of Monsanto’s GMO ...

Genetically modified apple draws national attention and sparks controversy

Genetically modified apples can’t be found at a grocery store in the United States, but a Canadian company could change ...

Nigeria: Biotechnology is Nigeria’s sure way to food security

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Senator Ayoade Ademola Adeseun, has said that biotechnology presents Nigeria the opportunity of ...

Genetics turns cows into export marvels

Hawke's Bay agri-businesses Brownrigg Agriculture and Firstlight Foods are turning a wasted resource into export gold. Hybrid dairy bobby calves ...

Stand-off looms over US plans to cut GMO crop oversight

Efforts to write benefits for biotech seed companies into U.S. legislation, including the new Farm Bill, are sparking a backlash ...

Senior advisor on biotechnology to US Secretary of State says Europeans are “strongly against GM foods”

Jack Bobo, senior adviser on biotechnology to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, recently delivered a talk at University College ...

China: Australia can feed our “dining boom” with GM crops

The Australian government’s first national food strategy underscores what agricultural scientists have been saying for the past decade – that ...

House Ag Committee takes aim GMO regulation, says anti-biotech writer

Surprising no one, the House agriculture committee has passed a boldly regressive farm bill draft—trumping the recently approved Senate version ...

Agriculture R&D goes multinational, global

“Discovery” companies invest heavily in screening new chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical compounds for useful traits that can be patented and ...

India: Maharashtra may ban Monsanto’s Bt cotton

Maharashtra’s Minister for Agriculture, Mr Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, told Business Line that the State Government was left with no other ...

USDA seeks comment on nine biotech crops in bid to speed reviews

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on nine new genetically modified crops developed by companies such as ...

Agricultural biotechnology to develop genetically-engineered plants

Genetically modified mosquitoes are the newest ammunition against the worldwide fear of dengue fever. Brazilian scientists are ready to release ...

Anti-biotech food activists’ drive for mandatory labeling takes a double hit

Opponents of agriculture biotechnology have been loudly hailing the certification of a mandatory genetically enhanced food labeling ballot initiative in ...

A greener way to raise cotton and combat nematodes

Richard Davis, a plant pathologist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Tifton, Ga., and his colleagues are hunting for ...

Seeking a splice for better rice

A research team led by Kazuki Saito and Fumio Matsuda of the RIKEN Plant Science Center in Yokohama has begun ...

Biotech riders in proposed Farm Bill stir controversy

Critics of agricultural biotechnology say that genetically engineered crops can be harmful to human health and to the environment. They ...

Foodies mobilize against effort to speed GM approvals

Buried in the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill, approved yesterday after a 15-hour markup, is a provision that will speed ...