Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Because of GM technology, crop-protection tools, and more, farmers are growing more food and cotton on less land than ever ...
Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

A vegan diet contains very low amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol, high amounts of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, ...
Podcast: 'GMOs' are more natural than you think; CRISPR mosquitoes fight malaria; Dating apps and syphilis

Podcast: ‘GMOs’ are more natural than you think; CRISPR mosquitoes fight malaria; Dating apps and syphilis

A growing body of research shows that dozens of naturally transgenic plants have existed for millions of years, undermining a ...
Viewpoint: Organic farming offers some sustainability benefits, but ‘fear-driven marketing campaigns’ exaggerate advantages and demonize acceptable alternatives

Viewpoint: Organic farming offers some sustainability benefits, but ‘fear-driven marketing campaigns’ exaggerate advantages and demonize acceptable alternatives

When the “Risk-Monger’s Dirty Dozen” list of pesticides used in organic farming was published, I had broken a taboo. Before ...
'It's simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale': Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

‘It’s simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale’: Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

The food company General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced in 2018 that it would convert [Gunsmoke Farms, located northwest of Pierre, ...
A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

People needed to find new ways to grow plants — and soon.  The scientist’s urgency came not only from what ...
The Green Revolution was built on manipulating genes to breed higher-yielding, disease resistant crops. Here's an ode to one of its pioneers, Sanjaya Rajaram

The Green Revolution was built on manipulating genes to breed higher-yielding, disease resistant crops. Here’s an ode to one of its pioneers, Sanjaya Rajaram

Few people are aware of the heroes behind the surge in yields of wheat and other crops that began in ...
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Over 2,000 Nigerian farmers ready to grow GM cowpea this year

More than 2,000 Nigerian farmers are planning to plant Bt cowpea, the country’s first genetically modified food crop, in July ...
In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

An international research team, including scientists from Wageningen University & Research [WUR] in the Netherlands, says that unless the EU ...
Viewpoint: ‘Genetically modified crops are not deadly mutants produced in a lab. Consider them pest-resistant, famine-fighting Avengers’

Viewpoint: ‘Genetically modified crops are not deadly mutants produced in a lab. Consider them pest-resistant, famine-fighting Avengers’

The wild version of the banana plant had inedible fruit filled with tons of seeds. Humans have, through a meticulous ...
Viewpoint: ‘Feel-good purchases’: This farmer believes the ‘regenerative agriculture movement’ is the latest fad promoting misconceptions about conventional farming

Viewpoint: ‘Feel-good purchases’: This farmer believes the ‘regenerative agriculture movement’ is the latest fad promoting misconceptions about conventional farming

The public’s fascination with regenerative agriculture is relatively new. But many people seem to think it’s a way to “fix” ...
Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Among technologies expected to aid the production of more and safer food in the future are cultured meat, precision agriculture, ...
Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban ...
Viewpoint: Can European Commission reverse 20 years of backward, precautionary regulation of crop biotechnology? CRISPR presents an opportunity

Viewpoint: Can European Commission reverse 20 years of backward, precautionary regulation of crop biotechnology? CRISPR presents an opportunity

The expected report of the European Commission on “new genomic techniques” was published as announced before the end of April ...
Coffee is good for you. There are dozens of carcinogens in coffee. What are the real facts about whether coffee is healthy or not?

Coffee is good for you. There are dozens of carcinogens in coffee. What are the real facts about whether coffee is healthy or not?

Moderate coffee intake is linked to a lower likelihood of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease and depression.  ... For years, researchers linked ...
Viewpoint: Higher food prices, increased food insecurity, trade impacts? The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy has devastating potential outcomes

Viewpoint: Higher food prices, increased food insecurity, trade impacts? The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy has devastating potential outcomes

A recent study by the USDA Economic Research Service shows potential negative impacts to the global market if the European ...
Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Labor costs, climate change and growing food demand are ushering in an era of machine modernization across the nation’s agricultural ...
‘Little crop of horrors’? Genes harvested from carnivorous plants and genetically engineered into tomatoes and other crops could fend off pests

‘Little crop of horrors’? Genes harvested from carnivorous plants and genetically engineered into tomatoes and other crops could fend off pests

They won’t devour insects with leafy jaws, but with help from carnivorous plant genes, tomatoes, tobacco and other crops could ...
Blocking innovation: How Canada’s novel plant-breeding rules hinder progress in food production

Blocking innovation: How Canada’s novel plant-breeding rules hinder progress in food production

You’ve heard it before on SAIFood: Canada’s plant breeding sector is facing regulatory barriers to innovation. Today’s blog provides further ...
'Current GMO legislation not fit for innovative technologies': European Commission calls for revamp of agricultural biotechnology rules to allow gene editing, promote sustainable farming

‘Current GMO legislation not fit for innovative technologies’: European Commission calls for revamp of agricultural biotechnology rules to allow gene editing, promote sustainable farming

The European Commission published, at the request of the Council, a study on New Genomic Techniques (NGTs). The study shows ...
Organic farming has a sustainability problem — and now the EU is in a dilemma of their own making

Organic farming has a sustainability problem — and now the EU is in a dilemma of their own making

European Union (EU) agricultural scientists are in a bit of a pickle. I’m not sure to what extent it is ...
Draught-wracked Australia and Asia: Still unapproved sustainable genetically-engineered wheat poised for approval in Brazil could address climate change disruptions

Draught-wracked Australia and Asia: Still unapproved sustainable genetically-engineered wheat poised for approval in Brazil could address climate change disruptions

Bioceres is trying to succeed where no other company has before by selling genetically-modified wheat. While the vast majority of ...
Viewpoint: Big Ag is ‘cherry-picking sustainable practices’ and co-opting the language of agroecology

Viewpoint: Big Ag is ‘cherry-picking sustainable practices’ and co-opting the language of agroecology

[A] coalition of academics who are members of the Agroecology Research-Action Collective announced a boycott of the [UN’s 2021 Food ...
800 million undernourished people: UN says we need ‘overhaul of the world’s food systems’ as COVID highlights devastating and ongoing hunger

800 million undernourished people: UN says we need ‘overhaul of the world’s food systems’ as COVID highlights devastating and ongoing hunger

The COVID-19 crisis has added between 83 and 132 million to the 690 million people worldwide who were already undernourished, ...
GM crops are not a ‘magic fix to climate change,’ but they are key to keeping us fed as temperatures rise

GM crops are not a ‘magic fix to climate change,’ but they are key to keeping us fed as temperatures rise

Future farmers face a big challenge: feeding everyone on Earth while being kind to the planet. Could genetically modified food ...
Kenyan farmers reap bountiful first harvest of GM cotton

Kenyan farmers reap bountiful first harvest of GM cotton

Winfred Kasambu, a 50-year-old farmer and a grandmother of two from Kenya’s Eastern region, is cherishing high hopes of prosperity ...
'Organic agriculture is not a synonym for safe food’: United Nation’s FAO challenges misleading marketing and public misconceptions

‘Organic agriculture is not a synonym for safe food’: United Nation’s FAO challenges misleading marketing and public misconceptions

Organic food is often seen by consumers as healthy, tasty and environmentally friendly, but the organic food certification is not ...
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