Genetically modified healthier foods: Will consumers accept Cargill's low-fat GMO canola oil?

Genetically modified healthier foods: Will consumers accept Cargill’s low-fat GMO canola oil?

Rich Fletcher spent 11 years tinkering with the genetics of the canola plant in pursuit of a single goal: Lowering ...
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Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement?

A survey of people in the US and 10 European nations found opposition to some forms of gene editing for ...
Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

To many scientists, the potential of gene editing seems nearly limitless, offering a new way to rapidly create plants that ...
Science communication 101: Being strategic isn’t unethical

Science communication 101: Being strategic isn’t unethical

Scientists interested in educating the public about controversial issues—such as GMOs—should focus on communication goals and strategies backed by social ...
Viewpoint: Use Amazon Smile to support real charities—not Non-GMO Project's fearmongering

Viewpoint: Use Amazon Smile to support real charities—not Non-GMO Project’s fearmongering

Many people will turn to the Internet this year for holiday shopping, with Amazon being a popular choice. Savvy shoppers ...
Remembering Calestous Juma, defender of agricultural innovation and GMOs

Remembering Calestous Juma, defender of agricultural innovation and GMOs

To outsiders, Calestous Juma's rise from humble origins in a remote Kenyan village to an internationally recognized Harvard scholar, science ...
French anti-biotech group destroys research field trial—of non-GMO crops

French anti-biotech group destroys research field trial—of non-GMO crops

[Editor's note: The following has been translated from French.] The agricultural cooperative group Auvergne Limagrain ... guaranteed the "absence of ...
Talking Biotech: Science Moms documentary explores how parents can navigate GMO and food disinformation on the web

Talking Biotech: Science Moms documentary explores how parents can navigate GMO and food disinformation on the web

Filmmaker Natalie Newell: Despite the film being funded entirely by an online crowdfunding campaign, the Science Moms have been attacked ...
Viewpoint: Consumers fear GMOs because 'Big Food' companies bombard them with misinformation

Viewpoint: Consumers fear GMOs because ‘Big Food’ companies bombard them with misinformation

[Editor's note: Omri Ben-Shahar is a law professor at the University of Chicago and the author of the book More ...
Afraid of public backlash, skittish investors keep promising GMO crops off the market

Afraid of public backlash, skittish investors keep promising GMO crops off the market

In the basement of Koshland Hall at the University of California at Berkeley is a trove of seeds with the potential ...
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Challenging the narrative that someone is manipulating the UN debate over gene drives

It had scandal written all over it. Disclosed emails revealed that a covert coalition lobbying for relaxed regulations around a ...
Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

[At his talk on "Gene Drives in the News" at the National Academy of Sciences' Science of Science Communication III” Sackler ...
Society of Toxicology: Science has 'overwhelmingly demonstrated' GMO crop safety

Society of Toxicology: Science has ‘overwhelmingly demonstrated’ GMO crop safety

[Editor's note: The following is part of a Society of Toxicology (SOT) issue statement approved the SOT Council November 2017.] ...
Would you pay more for foods genetically engineered to benefit consumers?

Would you pay more for foods genetically engineered to benefit consumers?

Current consumer research indicates that consumers say they will pay a higher price for food with certain attributes. It has ...
Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

With misleading conclusions often reported from scientific research, it's important to be able to discern between legitimate studies and dubious ...
Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won't inform you

Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won’t inform you

Focusing on tools and technologies—such as genetic engineering—can reduce agriculture's environmental footprint and promote sustainability, writes geneticist Maria Trainer ...
GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers' minds

GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers’ minds

As a young girl, Tepsy Eve Ntseoane never thought she’d grow up to be a farmer, let alone an advocate for ...
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Video: Explaining CRISPR gene editing with a toy train

When people refer to Crispr, they're probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds ...
Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Why did the University of California reject a Freedom of Information request for an "anti-chemical" professor's emails, while handing over ...
Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

The stuff with no G to M It would stand to reason that any Non-GMO Project certified item would have ...
Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

[T]he breakthrough that finally created rice seeds strong enough to stand up to blight and flood came when Pamela Ronald ...
'Roundup Facing the Judges': Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

‘Roundup Facing the Judges’: Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

[Editor's note: Øystein Heggdal is a Norwegian agronomist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and natural resources. He is ...
Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Visit the March Against Monsanto website and you'll see a strange ad peppering the pages, among the usual dubious stories about ...
Should organic farming embrace new plant breeding techniques like CRISPR?

Should organic farming embrace new plant breeding techniques like CRISPR?

Over the last few years, new tools have rapidly created possibilities in plant breeding. These New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) ...
Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters 'you're not alone'

Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters ‘you’re not alone’

If you have the opportunity to see the documentary “Food Evolution,” do it. It has been the most talked-about food and agriculture ...
Economist: EU's GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Economist: EU’s GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Is it true that a ban on GM crops in the European Union has hurt productivity? Most likely yes, retired ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Many of the arguments made by organic supporters and GMO critics aren't supported by science. That combination can have harmful ...
Climate change fighting plants: Genetically modified crops could trap half of human CO2 emissions in soil

Climate change fighting plants: Genetically modified crops could trap half of human CO2 emissions in soil

The Salk Institute has enlisted a new ally in the effort to address the anticipated dangers of climate change — plants. Scientists ...