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Goodbye gin and tonics? Invasive plant disease threatens juniper berries used to make gin

The gin industry, which is worth £3.2bn to the UK economy, has the potential to be devastated by an invasive ...
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Gene-edited plants and animals: Our secret weapons in the battle to slow climate change?

Nearly 200 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement in 2016, pledging to reduce their countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. By ...
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Podcast: GM crops don’t change your DNA; Monsanto ‘owns’ global food supply? South American anti-biotech invasion

Are GM crops unnatural? Can they change your DNA? And does 'Big Ag' own the global food supply? The answer ...
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Cuban president says GM crops and agroecology can help sustainably boost food production

One of the Cuban government’s priorities is to achieve the highest possible agricultural production with the decisive contribution of science ...
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Agroecology must be based in reality, not romanticism, panelists agree

Agroecology has a role to play in transforming agriculture — so long as the movement doesn’t trump the science or ...
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Viewpoint: Animals vs plants? Stop fighting about where your protein comes from and eat a balanced diet

With a feeling of uncertainty infiltrating our lives lately, many of us are looking for concrete information to help us ...
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Europe approves imports of new GM herbicide-resistant soy, despite objections from Green Party, organic advocates

The genetically modified (GM) soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved after a comprehensive authorization procedure, including a scientific assessment by the ...
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Trust in scientists high globally, Pew survey finds, but public still skeptical of GM crops

The good news is that there’s widespread trust in scientists and a strong desire to act on their findings on ...
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‘Regenerative’ agriculture: Organic farming buzz word, or the path to sustainable food production?

The goal should be sustainability, not trying to advance an ideology ...
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Estimated 140,000 plants facing extinction, report finds, threatening progress in medicine, farming

Plants and fungi hold promise as future medicines, fuels and foods, according to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. But opportunities ...
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‘More harm than good’: How well-meaning urban beekeepers can jeopardize wild colonies

Urban beekeeping has grown so trendy that it may be doing more harm than good — with the practice becoming ...
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Medicine for plants: Stomach infection drug protects vital food crops from deadly pathogens

Scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the University of the State of Paraná in Brazil have discovered that ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what ‘whole grain’ really means—and it’s not the health claim you’ve been told it is

Consumers have been so saturated with vague marketing claims that nearly 50 percent can't correctly identify what is claimed to ...
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FDA releases free ‘Feed your mind’ curriculum to teach students about GMOs

[September 29], the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted additional “Feed Your Mind” consumer education materials.  Developed in ...
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Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
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GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton ‘as safe as’ conventional counterpart, study finds

Genetically engineered crops expressing insecticidal and herbicide-tolerant traits offer a new strategy for crop protection and enhanced production; however, at ...
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Viewpoint: International anti-GMO groups wage PR war to get gene-edited crops out of Latin America

Imagine for a moment that you're a farmer. Genetically modified crops that could help you protect your yields from voracious ...
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Bolivian court dismisses legal challenge to GMO rules, a victory over ‘ridiculous’ arguments, farm group says

After almost 10 hours of hearings, arguments, and counterarguments, the First Constitutional Chamber denied the appeal of Popular Action brought ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no such thing as a ‘GMO,’ and the history of potatoes illustrates why the term is ‘nonsensical’

The expression “genetically modified organisms” (“GMOs”) is not only void of scientific value, but has negative effects on agricultural progress ...
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Novel resistant genes for late blight, disease behind 1840s Irish Potato Famine, discovered

Late blight, the most important and most destructive pathogen of potato, was caused by the microorganism Phytophthora infestans. Late blight is ...
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GMO and gene-edited biofortified crops weaken case for organic agriculture

A new lineup of GMO and gene-edited crops with nutrient content organic growers simply can't replicate ...
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GMO barley could help produce key lab-grown meat ingredient

Using abundant geothermal waters for heating and volcanic ash instead of soil, biotech company ORF Genetics is growing barley [in ...
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Disease-resistant banana genes could accelerate effort to save Cavendish from extinction

Significant progress has been made in accelerating the development of banana varieties with resistance to the Fusarium fungus. Fusarium causes ...
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‘Air-derived protein’? Biotech startups aim to challenge traditional farming with precision fermentation

Feeding the world with protein made from air or industrial exhaust with minimal use of water and land, and without ...
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Could lab-grown sushi save rapidly declining fish populations?

[A]according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance, 3.1 billion people around the world now rely on fish and seafood for a ...
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Could food of the future come from ‘microbial protein factories’ instead of plants and animals?

Could a suite of microscopic microbial protein factories (yeast, bacteria, fungi, algae) give plants and animals a run for their ...
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Will coffee go extinct? Deadly fungus threatens one of the world’s favorite beverages

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, talking about a plant disease might seem frivolous. But around the world, 100 ...
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Viewpoint: 5 reasons you should be eating GMOs

Impossible Burger is a household name best recognized for its successful introduction of a plant-based burger that “bleeds” and has no ...