Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

A commonly suggested solution to reduce greenhouse gas output has been to reduce or eliminate [the dairy] industry in favor ...
Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

The Mexican government’s nonstop attacks on genetically modified (GM) crops — resulting most recently in a ban on GM maize ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

Though a new curriculum guide offers high school teachers helpful tools for navigating the complexities of crop biotechnology and a ...
USDA bioengineered food labels are coming in 2021. Will they change consumer behavior?

USDA bioengineered food labels are coming in 2021. Will they change consumer behavior?

Four years after the thunder in Congress over labeling foods made with GMO ingredients, the deadline for compliance with the ...
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US grew 13 million pounds of genetically modified apples in 2020, but most fruit growers still resist growing biotech crops

[G]rape and nut growers appear to have sustained a particularly rough 2020. But that was probably due at least as ...
Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Water stress arising from drought conditions can trigger outbreaks of bark beetles, wood borers, and sap feeders like spider mites ...
GM trees that suck up more CO2 could help stem growing threat of climate change

GM trees that suck up more CO2 could help stem growing threat of climate change

In order to fight the growing threat of global climate change, scientists are now suggesting that we genetically modify trees ...
Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have featured heavily in this presidential campaign and are without question two of the ...
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Mexico’s GM corn ban could ‘imperil’ nation’s food chain, farm groups warn

Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated ...
GM, insect resistant Bt cotton and 11 billion sterile moths eliminated pink bollworm from the US and Mexico

GM, insect resistant Bt cotton and 11 billion sterile moths eliminated pink bollworm from the US and Mexico

Invasive organisms pose a global threat and are exceptionally difficult to eradicate after they become abundant in their new habitats ...
‘Like finding missing puzzle pieces’: Sequenced genome of 15 wheat varieties could speed search for heartier crops

‘Like finding missing puzzle pieces’: Sequenced genome of 15 wheat varieties could speed search for heartier crops

[Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have] sequenced the genomes for 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programmes around the world ...
‘Circular economy’: Turning waste into reusable products makes food and energy production more sustainable

‘Circular economy’: Turning waste into reusable products makes food and energy production more sustainable

We need to find a way to reduce waste, and the answer could be moving to a circular economy, which ...
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European Commission may greenlight GM crop imports rejected by EU Parliament

The EU Parliament has again spoken out against the approval of a number of genetically modified plant species. MEPs in ...
Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America's biggest soy shortage in years

Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America’s biggest soy shortage in years

[Calyxt Inc has] agreed to sell all the gene-edited soybean grains it produced in 2020 to agricultural merchant Archer Daniels ...
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New crop-destroying locust swarms threaten east Africa, where 35 million people already face food shortages

A new generation of locust swarms is threatening to wipe out the livelihoods of farmers and herders across eastern Africa ...
Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

Farming palm trees for oil destroys forests. Now there’s a GM synthetic version that might help preserve global biodiversity

[Many everyday products] are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's ...
GM, insect-resistant, Bt maize offers Kenyan farmers chance to boost yields while cutting pesticide use, local soil scientist says

GM, insect-resistant, Bt maize offers Kenyan farmers chance to boost yields while cutting pesticide use, local soil scientist says

Wilhelm Mukhongo is a soil expert and works with the county government of Busia, [Kenya, in] the department of agriculture, ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people

By 2070 the world will be populated by approximately 10.5 billion people. This means that we will need to be ...
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Tweaking two genes in cotton doubles crop yields—and may do the same in wheat, rice and corn

One group of Texas Tech University researchers has found a way to double fiber yield for cotton in semi-arid areas like that ...
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Brain food or health fad: Can you really boost cognition with nootropics?

What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed ...
Engineered crops with shorter life cycles could thrive in salty soils caused by climate change

Engineered crops with shorter life cycles could thrive in salty soils caused by climate change

Together with the prolonged use of fertilizers in intensive agriculture, the increased evaporation of water from the soil caused by ...
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Video: Some eggplants naturally repel insects. New software can monitor which ones, helping to cut pesticide use

The eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB), Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee, is the most destructive insect pest of eggplant. The larva feeds on ...
Climate change fuels rising arsenic levels in rice. GM crop varieties, new growing techniques could cut toxic exposure

Climate change fuels rising arsenic levels in rice. GM crop varieties, new growing techniques could cut toxic exposure

Rice is particularly vulnerable to arsenic uptake because unlike most crops, it grows in flooded conditions with anoxic soil. Microbes ...
Bangladesh could double crop production by 2030 with help of GM technology, experts say

Bangladesh could double crop production by 2030 with help of GM technology, experts say

USAID and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted [a virtual] event to learn from stakeholders about challenges, prospects, and ...
High-tech solutions emerge to help quell Africa’s catastrophic locust outbreak – the worst in decades

High-tech solutions emerge to help quell Africa’s catastrophic locust outbreak – the worst in decades

[Masters student Amoah Idun and his team] glue a 150mg tracking device to a chosen [locust’s] thorax, looking like a ...
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