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A behind the scenes look at pesticide use in organic orchards, vineyards and fresh produce

This is part three of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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CRISPR rice increases grain yield 25% in Chinese field trials

A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop ...
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Whole Foods pauses GMO food labeling requirements following USDA proposal

In an email to suppliers on Friday [May 18], Whole Foods President and Chief Operations Officer A.C. Gallo announced the company ...
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Will weed-zapping AI robots disrupt market for herbicides and GMO seeds?

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the ...
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CRISPR plants are on the way—but gene-edited animals face more barriers

GMO crops have extra layers of government regulation beyond what “conventionally” bred plants have to deal with. But this year, ...
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Viewpoint: With climate change threatening crop diversity, genebanks are more important than ever

Genebanks – repositories of genetic material (germplasm) of plants or animals – play a critical role towards a two-pronged goal: ...
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How GMO crops help farmers, communities and the environment

1. Genetic engineering can be good for farmers.“GE crops are cultivated to help food grow better,” says [Dr. Tamika Sims, director of food ...
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Talking Biotech: What’s keeping disease-resistant GMO bananas from Ugandan farmers?

Ugandan researcher Nassib Mugwanya: GMO bananas are the best tool we have to save bananas from bacterial wilt, but Uganda's ...
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Organic foods have less pesticide residue than conventional produce—but does it matter?

I’ve been following these issues for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of evidence that organic foods have ...
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FitBit for cows: Biohacker invents implanted sensor that tracks livestock health in real time

Though they look indistinguishable from the other cows on a dairy farm in Utah, three cyborg cows with implanted sensors ...
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Viewpoint: Why is anti-GMO snake oil salesman Dr. Oz on Trump’s council on nutrition?

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced a slew of well-known celebrities, doctors, executives and athletes to the President’s Council ...
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New tools needed to protect pesticides’ effectiveness from evolution of weed and insect resistance

To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s GMO crop regulations should ‘evolve’ to recognize history of safe use, benefits

From [early draft legislative texts on GMOs in the EU], it is clear that the intentions were to have an ...
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4 things that led to the myth that organic farmers use more pesticides than conventional farmers

This is part two of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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General Mills: Global scientific consensus shows GMO foods safe to eat

As genetically-modified (GM) ingredients become more common in the global food supply, particularly in the U.S., we know that consumers ...
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Chinese corn buyers switching from US to Ukraine due to GMO restrictions, trade tensions

China’s purchases of U.S. corn have slowed significantly due to worries the grain might be drawn into the trade spat ...
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Impossible Burger will have to wait another 90 days for voluntary FDA safety review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has pushed back the deadline of a safety review of Impossible Foods Inc.’s “magic” ingredient ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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GMO Golden Bananas could help combat vitamin A deficiency in Uganda by 2021

A project known as Banana21 commenced in 2005 to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies in Uganda and surrounding countries through the generation ...
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Genetically modified plant could make cheaper malaria drugs. Will anti-GMO activists oppose it?

A team of mainly Chinese researchers [recently published] “The Genome of Artemisia annua Provides Insight into the Evolution of Asteraceae ...
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Can wild seeds from Syria save American wheat from climate change?

When a team of researchers set loose a buzzing horde of Hessian flies on 20,000 seedlings in a Kansas greenhouse, ...
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Podcast: What it means to be a ‘sustainable’ farmer

Tim Hammerich sat down with journalist Marc Brazeau, founder and director the Food and Farm Discussion Lab for his Future of Agriculture Podcast. His question ...
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‘The Farm Project’: Actress Zooey Deschanel’s advice on organic food, pesticides is short on science

The actress Zooey Deschanel cites pesticide use in advising Facebook users to avoid certain non-organic produce. Is that scientifically sound ...
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New GMO corn variety significantly increases yields by boosting photosynthesis

The biotech firm Benson Hill Biosystems and the seed company Beck’s say their six-year-old partnership has yielded a trait that increases ...
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Blight-resistant GMO potatoes reduce pesticide use 80% in Ireland field trial

The environmental impact of potato production can be reduced by 95% by using a genetically modified (GM) blight-resistant potato in ...
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Geneticist Pamela Ronald: Follow the facts—not your feelings—on GMOs

What does the drug insulin have in common with cheese, Hawaiian papaya and a vegan burger? All were developed using ...
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Can organic farms produce similar yields to conventional agriculture?

In February [2018], scientists from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and other institutes published an article [link (behind paywall)] ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what’s wrong with study suggesting glyphosate damages our gut health

Can glyphosate impact gut health? The Guardian reports on a team of scientists who claim to have demonstrated that it ...