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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Here in the first of a two part series presented exclusively at the Genetic Literacy Project, Ramez Naam -- a ...

When a tomato is a just tomato

The following is an excerpt. Another paper comparing organic and conventional tomatoes (sort of) was published in PLOS One on ...

Fears of GMOs based on ‘commercial politics’, says Gates director

The following is an excerpt. European fear of genetically modified organisms has more to do with “commercial politics than it ...

Wild parent spawns super salt-tolerant rice

The following is an excerpt. Farmers are set to reclaim salt-ravaged land thanks to a single rice plant born of ...

Report on U.S. meat sounds alarm on resistant bacteria

The following is an excerpt. More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from ...

Farmers would welcome policy on genetically modified seed

The following is an excerpt. The Bermuda Farmers Association has called for a new policy on genetically modified seeds following ...
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On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason

It’s challenging to name a more influential food writer than The New York Times’ Mark Bittman—nor one less informed and ...
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How will synthetic biology shape the future of agriculture?

Synthetic biology may have huge benefits for agriculture, but it will challenge human value systems ...

Do we need synthetic fertilizers?

The following is an excerpt. According to organic advocates Tom Philpott and Barry Estabrook, we don’t need synthetic fertilizers at all. Both argue ...

Argentina accelerates approval process for biotech crops

The following is an excerpt. It took 20 years for Argentina to approve commercial planting of 13 biotech crops, and 15 more ...

Africa: Subsidies and GM crops back on food policy menu

The following is an excerpt. Food has become expensive and seems set to stay that way, so growing more of ...

GMO fears do not ‘translate to the average consumer’

The following is an excerpt. Although many farmers took up placards this week to protest the possible introduction of genetically ...

GM apple wins award

The following is an excerpt. SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland will receive an award from BIOTECanada for ...

Tanzania considers applying biotechnology in cotton farming

The following is an excerpt. The government recognises the potential of modern biotechnology in reviving the country's cotton industry, the ...

GMO rider: “Monsanto protection” or “farmer sustainability”?

The following is an excerpt. The biotech industry rejoiced along with biotech seed companies and farmers supportive of genetically modified ...

Zealots froth over biotechnology

The following is an excerpt. Overheard from an Oregon legislator as he exited a committee meeting at the Capitol: "Are ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ is at root of ‘Farmer Assurance Provision’

The following is an excerpt. I was surprised to read Rekha Basu’s column (“Deception Undermines Democracy,” April 5) and learn that she ...

Response to Mark Bittman on the “biotech rider”

The following is an excerpt. Bittman continues writes misleading claims in an attempt to distract readers from what the issue ...

India and GM crops: Time for a second Green Revolution?

The following is an excerpt. India is at the crossroads as far as the use of genetically engineered crops in ...
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Can Syngenta help make open-source GMOs a reality?

In a new initiative, Syngenta will make its genetic engineering tools and GM plant varieties freely available for non-profit researchers ...

What is the role of open agricultural data in on global food security?

The following is an excerpt. Later this month, Secretary Vilsack will lead the U.S. Delegation to the G-8 International Conference ...

Farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

The following is an excerpt. You could have read Nassib Mugwanya’s article, Are GMOs really the threat? in Seeds of ...

Some U.S. farm groups vow to protect pro-Monsanto ‘rider’

The following is an excerpt. A number of U.S. farm groups want to extend a law that allows farmers to ...

Sustainable intensification in global agriculture

The following is an edited excerpt. [Farmers are] under constant pressure to do more with less. The economic reality of ...

Ugandan farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

The following is an excerpt. The legalisation of biotechnology is not to outlaw organic farming, which is to sustain soil ...

Anti-GMO attitudes on the left and right

The following is an excerpt. If you follow public debate on genetically modified foods, you know that Monsanto is routinely ...

Attack of the killer tomatoes

The following is an excerpt. GMOs can be engineered to do lots of great things, such as better withstand climate ...

Even libertarians wrong on Monsanto Protection Act

The following is an excerpt. While the high priests in black robes were hearing arguments on gay marriage, President Obama ...