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How to change consumer perception of crop biotechnology and GMO foods

Genetically modified (GM) foods for human consumption have long been a subject of intense public debate, as well as academic ...
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Viewpoint: Indian anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva ‘spreads misinformation and fear’ about conventional agriculture

I attended a presentation given by Vandana Shiva, a well-known anti-GMO activist, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. It was definitely an ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 22, 2018

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 22, 2018

Viewpoint: It’s unreasonable to think Big Ag controls pro-GMO scientists | Cameron English I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 15, 2018

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 15, 2018

Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong | Jon Entine Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science ...
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Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 8, 2018

Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement? | Grant Jacobs Global glyphosate herbicide ban ...
Speed breeding: Researchers show wheat, canola and other key crops can be bred 6 generations per year

Speed breeding: Researchers show wheat, canola and other key crops can be bred 6 generations per year

Pioneering new technology is set to accelerate the global quest for crop improvement in a development which echoes the Green ...
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Are seed patent protections abused by Monsanto and other agro-corporations?

Anti-GMO critics often claim major agricultural companies use seed patents to control farmers rights, which they say also limits innovation ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 18, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 18, 2017

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public | Kevin Folta Viewpoint: Why ...
'Super beans': Fast-maturing, high-yield variety could aid refugees in Africa

‘Super beans’: Fast-maturing, high-yield variety could aid refugees in Africa

Drought conditions continue to contribute to famine in Africa, prompting a search for crops that are not only drought-resistant but ...
Restoring soil health: Synthetic fertilizer use could be cut, nutrients restored with GMO bacteria

Restoring soil health: Synthetic fertilizer use could be cut, nutrients restored with GMO bacteria

[A recent study] shows how genetically modified soil micro-organisms can help restore nutrients in the soil to increase crop yield ...
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How DNA can be manipulated to recreate the Mona Lisa

Researchers from Caltech have developed an inexpensive, facile technique for creating very large self-assembling DNA origami structures with customisable patterns ...
CRISPR used to make bigger tomatoes without editing genes

CRISPR used to make bigger tomatoes without editing genes

Global crop yields are increasingly vulnerable to changing climate and air quality. To combat future environmental threats and increased population ...
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 ...
Monsanto rolls out cash incentive for farmers who use controversial dicamba herbicide

Monsanto rolls out cash incentive for farmers who use controversial dicamba herbicide

Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread ...
Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Agronomist Karen Corrigan: Companies, farmers, and weed scientists should focus more on solutions to dicamba drift issues and less on ...
Fast-growing AquaBounty salmon could pave way for more genetically modified animals

Fast-growing AquaBounty salmon could pave way for more genetically modified animals

When it was revealed over the summer that genetically modified salmon was now being sold in Canada, the backlash from ...
Viewpoint: 'Radical change' needed to make global food system sustainable

Viewpoint: ‘Radical change’ needed to make global food system sustainable

The Green Revolution of the post-World War II era has rightly been hailed as a huge achievement for humankind. Transformation ...
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‘Living tattoo’ made with 3D-printed bacteria responds to stimuli

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living ...
Quantity vs quality: Burkina Faso's problems with Monsanto's insect-resistant GMO Bt cotton

Quantity vs quality: Burkina Faso’s problems with Monsanto’s insect-resistant GMO Bt cotton

In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality ...
Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

The USDA's ruling that crops grown using hydroponics and aquaculture can be labeled organic set off a heated debate over ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 11, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 11, 2017

Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers | David Zaruk How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty’s sustainable ...
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 ...
Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
Viewpoint: EU's glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Glyphosate, the ubiquitous herbicide, may not really be poison, but it could well be the most politicized substance in Europe. In ...
Neonicotinoid seed treatments 'best option' for soil pests, but should be used judiciously, study says

Neonicotinoid seed treatments ‘best option’ for soil pests, but should be used judiciously, study says

The topic of neonicotinoid seed treatments (NSTs) continues to keep researchers searching for answers. A study from the University of ...
CRISPR gene-editing technology expected to accelerate crop development

CRISPR gene-editing technology expected to accelerate crop development

Genetically modified crops are continuing to spread across the world’s agricultural land. Last year they covered a record 185m hectares, ...