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 ...

GM crops on the rise in Portugal

The growing of genetically modified (GM) corn in Portugal increased by 59 percent last year, being planted in 7,724 hectares ...

Is it now time for GM?

2012 is the 16th year in which commercial GM crops have been grown and incorporated in feedstuffs. Since the introduction ...

New study shows GM crops tend to perform better than conventional

A paper published by Areal, Riesgo and Rodriguez-Cerezo in the Journal of Agricultural Science showed that genetically modified crops cultivated ...

Can biotechnology solve China’s food security problem?

When talking about agriculture in China, you are likely hear two statistics over and over again: China is home to ...

Anti-GMO groups protesting farmer assurance

Organizations that are anti-biotech are throwing a fit over the “farmers assurance provision” that was included in the House of ...

Projecting agricultural impacts of climate change, can GM crops help?

In a summer like this, as we watch crop conditions wither in record-setting heat and dry conditions, we might wonder ...

The issue that won’t go away: Farm biotechnology

Covering farm technology means being on the scene with ag biotech too. From the first days of tomatoes that had ...

GMO mosquitoes saving lives in Brazil

When it comes to life or death, genetically modified organisms win out over leaving the environment untouched, and those with ...
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“Agent Orange Corn”: NGOs skirt science, liken Dow’s new seed to Vietnam era pesticide

Researchers have developed a new variety of biotech corn that carries a natural resistance to the herbicide 2,4-D. Some NGOs ...

Cloned meat, milk as safe as traditional: EU Food Agency

Europe's food safety regulator said Thursday that food products like milk and meat from cloned farm animals are just as ...

Call to push GM crops to boost farm output

The need for the application of new technologies to increase farm output and seed yields, including genetically modified crops, was ...

France’s Le Foll to keep biotech-crops ban, Le Monde says

French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll wants to keep the country’s moratorium on existing genetically-modified crops, Le Monde said, citing ...

Nigeria: Stakeholders challenge President Jonathan over agricultural biotechnology law

Stakeholders including members of the National Assembly have berated President Goodluck Jonathan over his inability to assent into law till ...
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Organic agriculture: Is it a religion?

No person would choose organic food over conventional food on objective grounds to address regional needs or world hunger. Its ...
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Is Monsanto sabotaging efforts to label genetically modified food?

As the 2012 Farm Bill continues to take shape in the halls of the United States Congress, the immense influence ...
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First farmers: 7,000 year old caveman bones found

Spanish researchers have discovered the complete mitochondrial DNA of an individual that lived 7000 years ago. This discovery is the ...

Kenya: Why Kenya has to adopt biotechnology in farming

Today a new revolution is knocking at Africa's door-agricultural biotechnology. It promises to do for agriculture what mobile technology has ...

Ministers meet farming leaders to discuss GMs

The future of GM crops in Britain will be a key subject for discussion during a meeting between government ministers ...

Africa: EC contributes 5 million euros to help farmers maintain crop diversity

The European Commission is contributing more than €5 million (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty ...

Science Minister: more focus needed on agricultural research, including GM

Britain must place a renewed focus on agricultural research including GM projects, or risk falling behind other countries like Brazil, ...

Just Label It urges defeat of Farmers Assurance Bill

Just Label It, the national coalition for genetically engineered (GE) food labeling, urged Americans to fight special interests in Washington ...

Shun pesticides and go organic, say activists

In a bid to eradicate pesticides from farming in India, the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) has started ...

New GM industry push in the UK

BBC Radio 4 reported in its headlines this morning that the Agriculture Biotechnology Council had published a new report "Going ...

Overcoming obstacles to GM crop adoption

This policy brief, published by the UK's Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), examines the potential benefits and challenges ...

Genetically modified grass blamed for mass cattle deaths in Texas

A form of genetically modified grass is being cited as the likely culprit in the sudden death of a herd ...

GMOs, fastest path to enhanced ag productivity in Africa

Executive Director at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr. Denis Kyetere, has said improved seeds, especially by genetic modification ...