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As climate heats up, can drought-tolerant GMO crops help prevent famine and conflict?

When most of us think about the threats posed by climate change, events like floods, droughts, intense storms and hotter ...
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Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free: Are food labels overwhelming consumers?

Editor's note: The following is part of an editorial by Capital Press, a website covering agriculture in the US West Foodies, ...
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Viewpoint: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni should trust country’s scientists—not activists—on GMO safety

Editor's note: Arthur Makara is the executive director of the Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development in Uganda When [Uganda's] President ...
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Public controversy over GMOs exposes divide between scientists and consumers

Editor's note: The following is from a Q&A with Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, ...
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Plant evolution: Compact genomes and tiny cells helped flowering plants take over the world

When people consider evolutionary events related to the origin and diversification of new species and groups, they tend to emphasize ...
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‘Organic GMOs’: Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak on how genetic engineering can reduce pesticide use and protect the environment

[Genetic engineering] is a powerful tool that can help us farm responsibly and sustainably by minimizing damage to the environment and ...
CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR–Cas9-edited plants can be cultivated and sold free from regulation, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making increasingly clear ...
GMO water? 'Raw water' company falsely claims purified tap water 'doesn't have capacity to reproduce life'

GMO water? ‘Raw water’ company falsely claims purified tap water ‘doesn’t have capacity to reproduce life’

The New York Times reported earlier this week on a new trend: "raw water." Several companies around the country are ...
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Monsanto seeks Brazilian approval to test controversial weed-controlling dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO soy seeds

The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday [Jan. 11] said it will run field tests with ...
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Rwanda begins process of legalizing GMO crops

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be ...
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New generation of GMO crops could dramatically boost biofuel production

Plant biomass contains considerable calorific value but most of it makes up robust cell walls, an unappetising evolutionary advantage that ...
In Uganda, anti-GMO scare tactics even taint conventional hybrid crops

In Uganda, anti-GMO scare tactics even taint conventional hybrid crops

Uganda is moving closer to allowing cultivation of GMO crops. But there is considerable confusion among the Ugandan public over ...
Talking Biotech: 91-year-old geneticist Maxine Thompson aims to expand fruit diversity with new berry breeds

Talking Biotech: 91-year-old geneticist Maxine Thompson aims to expand fruit diversity with new berry breeds

Oregon State fruit breeder Maxine Thompson: A trailblazer in plant science, now retired from academia, she continues to work on ...
Viewpoint: Ketel One's non-GMO vodka is a prime example of food label madness

Viewpoint: Ketel One’s non-GMO vodka is a prime example of food label madness

Karen Caplan is the CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce Non-GMO vodka? Really? When I saw this ad, I realized it’s finally time ...
Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

The process of producing food, protecting the environment, and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace. These ...
Video: New strain of wheat stem rust in Uganda could wreak havoc on world's breadbaskets

Video: New strain of wheat stem rust in Uganda could wreak havoc on world’s breadbaskets

There was a time when one of the most dangerous crop diseases a wheat farmer could encounter in the field was ...
Talking Biotech: Bayer geneticist Ray Shillito on communicating with the public about agricultural biotechnology, and more

Talking Biotech: Bayer geneticist Ray Shillito on communicating with the public about agricultural biotechnology, and more

Bayer plant scientist Ray Shillito: Educating the next generation of scientists about how to communicate with the public will help ...
Viewpoint: How Monsanto could end up profiting from dicamba herbicide drift fiasco

Viewpoint: How Monsanto could end up profiting from dicamba herbicide drift fiasco

By mid-October, state departments of agriculture nationwide had received 2,708 complaints from soybean farmers who claimed their fields had been damaged by ...
How artificial intelligence might solve the 'chemical treadmill' farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

How artificial intelligence might solve the ‘chemical treadmill’ farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

After months of research, they faced a disappointing truth: There was no way around herbicides. “Turns out zapping weeds with ...
We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

A new "planetary boundaries" study says agriculture can be more sustainable to save the planet. Others say the numbers don't ...
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Viewpoint: African farmers blocked from using life-saving GMO bananas by European activists

Anti-biotech groups funded by Western activists campaign against the commercialization of GMO crops in Africa, such as a new disease-resistant ...
Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Oprah Winfrey’s recent speech at the Golden Globes captured the imagination of countless people with rumors spreading that it could ...
Can CRISPR gene-edited 'terminator bulls' revolutionize the beef industry?

Can CRISPR gene-edited ‘terminator bulls’ revolutionize the beef industry?

After a year of trying, [Australian geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam's lab at the University of California succeeded in using] the ...
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: We have a duty to farmers to harness safe crop biotechnology

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: We have a duty to farmers to harness safe crop biotechnology

Editor's note: Sonny Perdue is the US Secretary of Agriculture. He is a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and ...
Food Evolution director: Organic, natural food industries use misinformation and fear to sell products

Food Evolution director: Organic, natural food industries use misinformation and fear to sell products

You’ve probably heard the same conversation, in one way or another, for years: Some say genetically modified organisms (GMO) are ...
Iowa taxpayers to pay anti-GMO activists $50,000 to end First Amendment lawsuit

Iowa taxpayers to pay anti-GMO activists $50,000 to end First Amendment lawsuit

Iowa taxpayers will pay a $50,000 settlement to end a lawsuit filed by anti-GMO activists who claim state officials violated ...
US Farm Bureau opposes non-GMO labels on products without GMO alternatives

US Farm Bureau opposes non-GMO labels on products without GMO alternatives

An end to the use of non-GMO labels on products that do not have GMO alternatives, NAFTA modification to improve ...
Bangladesh develops country's first GMO rice variety

Bangladesh develops country’s first GMO rice variety

Scientists in Bangladesh have developed the country's first biotech rice variety giving farmers an answer to the difficulties they face ...