How CRISPR gene editing can speed up domestication to make crops more sustainable, nutritious

How CRISPR gene editing can speed up domestication to make crops more sustainable, nutritious

Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species – rice, wheat, and maize – account ...
Getting Risk Right: Geoffrey Kabat's book asks, "are we afraid of the wrong things?"

Getting Risk Right: Geoffrey Kabat’s book asks, “are we afraid of the wrong things?”

[Editor's note: Geoffrey Kabat is a cancer researcher and an epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.] Why do things that ...
Can farmers reduce pesticide use but maintain expected yields? Study of French farms says yes

Can farmers reduce pesticide use but maintain expected yields? Study of French farms says yes

A team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in France has found that lowering the amount of pesticides ...
New EPA head Scott Pruit poised to challenge 'politics driven' farm chemical regulations

New EPA head Scott Pruit poised to challenge ‘politics driven’ farm chemical regulations

[Editor’s note: Henry Miller is a physician and molecular biologist, and was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.]  ...
UK farmers push back against 'pseudo-science attack' on herbicide glyphosate

UK farmers push back against ‘pseudo-science attack’ on herbicide glyphosate

Hundreds of farmers across Britain are coming together in a concerted effort to show politicians and the public why glyphosate ...
When Celebrity And Science Collide: Hollywood And The Anti-Biotechnology Food Movement

When Celebrity And Science Collide: Hollywood And The Anti-Biotechnology Food Movement

Celebrityhood does not equate with science knowledge. The opinions of music and media stars are no more relevant to the ...
Tanzania's first ever GMO field trial: Drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn 'shows promising results'

Tanzania’s first ever GMO field trial: Drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn ‘shows promising results’

Tanzania's first-ever genetically-modified crop trial was planted only a 30-minute drive from the capital. ... A year ago the Tanzanian ...
Only 1 percent of US farmland is certified organic. Why aren't more farmers making the switch?

Only 1 percent of US farmland is certified organic. Why aren’t more farmers making the switch?

There are two stories to tell about the state of organic agriculture in the US. The first is a success ...
5 non-GMO 'frankenfoods' that can carry organic label

5 non-GMO ‘frankenfoods’ that can carry organic label

One of the most common food myths of our time is that GMOs are “frankenfoods” while heirloom or organic varieties ...
Massachusetts mulls restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides over bee safety concerns

Massachusetts mulls restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides over bee safety concerns

A type of pesticide many beekeepers blame for mass bee die-offs would come under tighter regulation under a bill filed ...
How to stop fungi that infect, destroy crops? Target their 'friends'

How to stop fungi that infect, destroy crops? Target their ‘friends’

By itself, [the pathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani] is responsible for the turfgrass disease called brown patch, sheath blight within rice, ...
Iowa farmer: 8 popular food companies that promote myths about GMOs

Iowa farmer: 8 popular food companies that promote myths about GMOs

[Editor’s note: Michelle Miller, known on social media as the Farm Babe, raises lamb and beef cattle, and grows almost ...
Blight-resistant genetically engineered potatoes that cut fungicide use approved

Blight-resistant genetically engineered potatoes that cut fungicide use approved

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the ...
Idaho GMO sugar beet farmers mull ditching crop as more food companies adopt non-GMO label

Idaho GMO sugar beet farmers mull ditching crop as more food companies adopt non-GMO label

Idaho sugar beet farmers have grown increasingly dependent on genetically modified seeds for cost savings and greater yields over the ...
Precision agriculture: How big data can make farms more sustainable

Precision agriculture: How big data can make farms more sustainable

Farmers have numerous sources of technology and data available to use in their operations, but many producers struggle with what ...
Perplexing Case Of Consumer Confusion About GE Foods In a 'Fake News' World

Perplexing Case Of Consumer Confusion About GE Foods In a ‘Fake News’ World

Information issued by scientific organizations often do not change perceptions. This is especially true for people with rooted 'tribal' beliefs ...
1 in 3 Scottish farmers blame ban of neonicotinoid pesticides for rapeseed crop damage

1 in 3 Scottish farmers blame ban of neonicotinoid pesticides for rapeseed crop damage

More than a third of Scottish arable farmers say the ban on neonicotinoids has resulted in greater damage to oilseed ...
Whole Foods, Patagonia, Clif Bar school lunch program promotes misconceptions about pesticides, seed saving

Whole Foods, Patagonia, Clif Bar school lunch program promotes misconceptions about pesticides, seed saving

[Editor's note: Stephan Neidenbach is a middle school teacher, father, and blogger.] The Conscious Kitchen program (funded by Patagonia, Clif Bar, ...
Bayer takeover of Monsanto delayed as US, European regulators seek more information on deal

Bayer takeover of Monsanto delayed as US, European regulators seek more information on deal

The German drugmaker will only seek approval for the transaction in the European Union next quarter after regulators there requested ...
How European-Based NGOs Block Crop Biotechnology Adoption In Africa

How European-Based NGOs Block Crop Biotechnology Adoption In Africa

European politicians and anti-biotech groups lobby to prevent Africa from adopting or trading GE crops. Farmers have been forced to ...
Trump’s threatened ‘trade war’ with Mexico could undermine US GMO corn market

Trump’s threatened ‘trade war’ with Mexico could undermine US GMO corn market

[Editor's note: More than 90% of the US corn market is GMO — a combination of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant varieties.] ...
Commercialization, research on 'home-grown' GMO crops backed by Kenyan lawmakers

Commercialization, research on ‘home-grown’ GMO crops backed by Kenyan lawmakers

Kenyan crop researchers are free to start commercial growing of Genetically Modified (GMO) cotton, the country’s lawmakers said on Tuesday ...
Did Google do the right thing in blocking Natural News from searches?

Did Google do the right thing in blocking Natural News from searches?

[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s profile on Natural News founder Mike Adams. Also: FBI turns up heat on Mike Adams ...
Debunking Denialism: 5 environmental benefits from GMO crops

Debunking Denialism: 5 environmental benefits from GMO crops

Editor's note: Emil Karlsson is a Swedish science communicator who runs the Debunking Denialism blog, which is dedicated to scientific skepticism ...
1 cigarette 'more carcinogenic and toxic' than a spoonful of glyphosate pesticide

1 cigarette ‘more carcinogenic and toxic’ than a spoonful of glyphosate pesticide

[Editor's note: Matan Shelomi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Entomology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical ...
Insect-resistant GMO cowpeas speed toward commercialization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Insect-resistant GMO cowpeas speed toward commercialization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan African farmers will soon have access to improved cowpea varieties that will lead to increases in yield. This follows ...
Asian Agrobiotechnology Slowed By Private-Public Sector Tensions And NGO Activism

Asian Agrobiotechnology Slowed By Private-Public Sector Tensions And NGO Activism

Asian food security challenged by population growth and rising calorie demands that non GE farming cannot meet. Foreign funded anti-GE ...
Farmers in 10 states file lawsuit alleging Monsanto responsible for crop damage from drift of dicamba herbicide

Farmers in 10 states file lawsuit alleging Monsanto responsible for crop damage from drift of dicamba herbicide

[Editor's note: In November 2016, the EPA approved a formulation of dicamba that contains an additive that reduces volatility. This ...