The genes we eat: a conversation

Many worry that genetic advances could result in risks to our health and the environment—concerns that surfaced again in the ...

GM seeds spur protest in Costa Rica

Close to one hundred people gathered in front of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia (MAG) in San Jose on ...

Scientists breed disease-resistant fish, sans genetic engineering

The Japanese are great guzzlers of fish, but fish are in finite supply. And farming them to increase that supply ...

What’s in store for food reform in Obama’s second term?

When Obama was first elected, food reformers dreamt big. As Michael Pollan wrote just after the 2008 election in his ...

Organic farming may be less energy intensive

The Rodale Institute , which promotes organic farming, has been investigating this question for more than 30 years. It grows ...

“Oprah’s Farm” to capitalize on organic food craze?

On Monday, the New York Post unearthed a handful of applications to the US Patent and Trademark Organization for Oprah-branded ...

Geneticist suggests human species is on an intellectual decline

Professor Gerald Crabtree, who heads a genetics laboratory at Stanford University in California, has put forward the iconoclastic idea that ...

Australia grapples with GM wheat

Last month, a group of Australian scientists published a warning to the citizens of the country and of the world ...

North Dakota protects “modern” agriculture

Voters in heavily agriculture-dependent North Dakota became the first to enshrine the right to farm in their state constitution, a ...

The Monsanto fallacy

It’s my favorite new logical fallacy, the “Appeal to Monsanto”, the world’s largest producer of biotech agriculture seeds. This is ...
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Ten lessons from Monsanto’s swift-boating of Prop 37

The populist campaign to label genetically modified food has been successfully Swift-Boating by Monsanto and the largest pesticide and junk ...

Sheep breeders at the “cutting edge” of genetics

Agriculture and animal husbandry have strong ties to the history of genetics -- Darwin, after all, relied heavily on evidence ...
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Is organic agriculture “affluent narcissism?”

"Eating organic" has achieved almost cult-like status. Yet it rife with internal inconsistencies and seems to be a choice only ...
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Genetics at center of several “battlegrounds” in next 4 years

In the wake of Obama's victory, Wired takes a look at the battles to come in the next four years ...

Mapping the chocolate genome: hope of improved cacao plants

Mark Guiltinan is a professor of plant molecular biology in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences ...
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Is organic agriculture “affluent narcissism?”

"Eating organic" has achieved almost cult-like status. Yet it rife with internal inconsistencies and seems to be a choice only ...

Brazil aims to clone jaguars, maned wolves, other endangered species

Brazilian scientists are attempting to clone animals in danger of extinction, like the jaguar and maned wolf, although the potential ...

Cloned horses create controversy in thoroughbred industry

There's no horsing around around at Viagen, a company in Austin, Texas that clones living animals, including horses. People are ...
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Farm workers’ interests neglected in Prop. 37 debate

SALINAS – As an organizer with the United Farm Workers, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing farm workers routinely be excluded ...

Biotechnology could offer “quantum leap” for Nigerian agriculture

An interview with Dr. Abubakar Lawali, a Plant Breeder is with the Department of Crop Science of Faculty of Agriculture, ...

UK: Row erupts over GM ‘agenda setting’ claims

Anti-GM lobby groups Genewatch UK and GM Freeze have published information which they believe shows GM companies such as Monsanto, ...
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In battle over Prop. 37, a tale of two farms

Wall Street JournalIn battle over Prop. 37, a tale of two farmsSan Jose Mercury NewsThe incendiary issue is at the ...
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Scientists confirm safety and benefits of genetically modified crops

There is widespread agreement among scientists that genetically modified plants are not only safe, but also better for the environment ...
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In battle over Prop. 37, a tale of two farms

Wall Street JournalIn battle over Prop. 37, a tale of two farmsSan Jose Mercury NewsThe incendiary issue is at the ...

Agribiotech moratorium will harm Indian farmers most, warn scientists

Perceiving a grim picture, scientists at the weekend referred to the recommendations of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by ...

Farmers union protests genetically modified alfalfa in eastern Canada

The discourse surrounding a new genetically modified crop is heating up. The National Farmers Union is protesting the possible introduction ...
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As California Prop 37 vote nears, media anti-Prop 37 bias emerges

The latest polls suggest a neck and neck race in the final days of the vote over the California genetically ...

GM crops to boost Malaysia’s food security

Rapid population growth, climate change, escalating food prices, diminishing agricultural land and water resources pose a serious setback in increasing ...