Crops & Food

We eat to live. Humans use approximately 11% of Earth’s land for the cultivation of crops for food, but also for clothing, medicine and biofuels. Globally, major crops include sugarcane, pumpkin, maize (corn), wheat, rice, cassava, soybeans, hay, potatoes and cotton.

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California cherry farmers look to 'gene drive' technology to kill invasive fruit flies

California cherry farmers look to ‘gene drive’ technology to kill invasive fruit flies

Since it first appeared in Northern California in 2008, the spotted-wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly native to Asia, ...
Ecomodernist agriculture: Farmers need science and technology to limit environmental footprint

Ecomodernist agriculture: Farmers need science and technology to limit environmental footprint

It takes roughly 6 square miles to support one hunting-gathering human. Modern intensive farming, by contrast, can support up to ...
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 ...
With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from ...
Missouri adds restrictions on Monsanto, DuPont dicamba herbicide products

Missouri adds restrictions on Monsanto, DuPont dicamba herbicide products

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has extended its restrictions on dicamba herbicides to products manufactured by Monsanto and DuPont. The new ...
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 ...
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 ...
Combating climate change: Glyphosate herbicide ban would hurt no-till farming, conservation agriculture

Combating climate change: Glyphosate herbicide ban would hurt no-till farming, conservation agriculture

[Editor's note: Pedro Vigneau is president of the Argentine Association of Producers in Direct Sowing (Aapresid), a farmers organization in Argentina.] ...
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 ...
EU may vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides this week

EU may vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides this week

EU countries are poised to vote on a proposal to introduce tougher restrictions on three neonicotinoids in the coming days ...
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 ...
Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor in blocking email release

Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor in 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 ...
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 ...
Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for 'activist science'

Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for ‘activist science’

[Editor's note: Terence Bradshaw is a research associate at the University of Vermont. He has a PhD in plant & soil science.] ...
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 ...
Would switching to organic farming cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Would switching to organic farming cut greenhouse gas emissions?

A new study, led by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, gives the impression that a large-scale shift to organic farming ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
'Big Ag' may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

‘Big Ag’ may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

For some, GMOs are synonymous with 'Big Ag'? For others, 'Big Ag' means something entirely different. Does 'Big Ag' even ...