Central Uganda’s new leadership pledges support for GM crops: ‘We have a cardinal role to ensure food security’

Central Uganda’s new leadership pledges support for GM crops: ‘We have a cardinal role to ensure food security’

Newly elected leaders from Wakiso district in central Uganda pledged support for genetically modified (GM) crops during a sensitization workshop ...
Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Do you know where biotech crops are grown in the world? This updated ISAAA infographics show where biotech crops were ...
Processed food doesn’t necessarily equal unhealthy food, study finds

Processed food doesn’t necessarily equal unhealthy food, study finds

Classification systems that categorise foods according to their ‘level of processing’ have been used to predict diet quality and health ...
Viewpoint: Here's what 'whole grain' really means—and it's not the health claim you've been told it is

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 ...
Gene-edited crops ‘safe for human consumption and the environment,’ Health Canada finds

Gene-edited crops ‘safe for human consumption and the environment,’ Health Canada finds

Health Canada is proposing new rules to deal with plant breeding innovation, including gene-edited crops. To develop the new guidelines, ...
Europe could become an ‘agricultural museum’ unless it embraces crop gene editing, officials warn

Europe could become an ‘agricultural museum’ unless it embraces crop gene editing, officials warn

Speaking during the AGRI Committee debate, right-wing MEP Mazaly Aguilar raised a concern that, by imposing new restrictions on the ...
Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s 'Dirty Dozen' list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Many regular food shoppers anxiously await the results of the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list. Even if you ...
3 science communication tips from a pro: Geneticist Kevin Folta explains how to build trust with GMO skeptics

3 science communication tips from a pro: Geneticist Kevin Folta explains how to build trust with GMO skeptics

Kevin Folta, professor at the University of Florida, has dedicated much of his professional life to not only pushing the ...
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Opposition to crop biotechnology fuels ‘global trade concerns,’ Congressional Research Service finds

When foods containing GE ingredients were first introduced in the 1990s, some members of the public called for banning them ...
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‘My position is not ideological’: Why some agroecology advocates accept GM crops and synthetic pesticides

‘My position is not ideological’: Why some agroecology advocates accept GM crops and synthetic pesticides

[Head of advocacy and programs at the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Dr. Charles Nyaaba] said that modern technological inventions, ...
Grapevines that spent a year in space may help researchers breed crops better suited for climate change

Grapevines that spent a year in space may help researchers breed crops better suited for climate change

Researchers in France are studying a dozen bottles of French wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that returned to ...
Nigerian farmers welcome new cassava varieties: ‘My joy knows no bounds’

Nigerian farmers welcome new cassava varieties: ‘My joy knows no bounds’

Nigerian farmers are enthusiastic about the government’s approval of five new varieties of NextGen cassava that promise to double yields ...
Viewpoint: COVID-19 vaccine success should prompt us to rethink our fear of GMO ‘Frankenfoods’

Viewpoint: COVID-19 vaccine success should prompt us to rethink our fear of GMO ‘Frankenfoods’

[COVID vaccines are] one of the biggest, and certainly the most high-profile, utilizations of genetic technology in the history of ...
Viewpoint: ‘Science-based trade’ — Why the US should dispute Mexico’s glyphosate, GM corn bans at the WTO

Viewpoint: ‘Science-based trade’ — Why the US should dispute Mexico’s glyphosate, GM corn bans at the WTO

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, issued a decree that has U.S. agriculture worried. The decree bans glyphosate, a herbicide, ...
UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

[British Sugar] is investigating gene-edited beet seed as a long-term solution to [virus yellows] disease, which devastated crops across eastern ...
Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

As biotech firm AquaBounty prepares to harvest its GE AquAdvantage salmon for sale in the US, activist groups have trotted ...
'Peak meat' 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

‘Peak meat’ 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

An increasing number of people are eating meat and dairy alternatives as concern grows over health, the environmental impact of ...
Natural GMO: Whiteflies stole a gene from plants millions of years ago that can protect them from pesticides

Natural GMO: Whiteflies stole a gene from plants millions of years ago that can protect them from pesticides

Pale, squishy, and smaller than a sesame seed, these sap-sucking bugs terrorize more than 600 plant species, infecting them with ...
Viewpoint: Animal agriculture offers potentially ‘game-changing solutions’ to climate change

Viewpoint: Animal agriculture offers potentially ‘game-changing solutions’ to climate change

Cows are often assigned disproportionate climate change blame, but recent weeks in Washington bring hope that political leaders may begin ...
CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

Thanks to selective breeding over the course of some 9,000 years, humans were able to transform an ancient wild grass ...
Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner'

Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner’

The basic principle of crop breeding is to first discover and then select for variants with desired traits. While selection ...
What is regenerative farming, and is it a solution to climate change?

What is regenerative farming, and is it a solution to climate change?

At a high level, Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming practices based on decades of science and applied research that ...
Lab-grown tuna could satisfy growing demand for fish without the severe environmental impact

Lab-grown tuna could satisfy growing demand for fish without the severe environmental impact

From 1961 to 2015, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, global fish consumption grew from 9kg to 20.2kg ...
Bowing to political pressure, India scraps plans to trial GM, insect-resistant, Bt eggplant

Bowing to political pressure, India scraps plans to trial GM, insect-resistant, Bt eggplant

[The Indian government] has junked its decision of allowing scientific field trials of transgenic crops including indigenously developed Bt brinjal.  ...
Bolivia will repeal rules expediting GM crop approvals, inciting pushback from farmers who want access to new technologies

Bolivia will repeal rules expediting GM crop approvals, inciting pushback from farmers who want access to new technologies

It's official. The [Bolivian] Central Government will seek to annul the supreme decrees that paved the way for the use ...
‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

Policymakers had known for years that the U.S. regulation of crop biotechnology was out of date, and by 2016, discussions ...
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