Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

[Japanese startup Sanatech Seed’s] Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato was developed using cutting edge CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. It contains ...
‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

A team led by scientists at the University of Southern California characterized four strains of bacteria isolated from the International ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Today’s farmers aren’t uneducated self-serving workers driven solely by greed. They are genuine stewards of the land, who employ a ...
Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Biofuels are liquid fuels made from biomass (plant or animal organic materials) and used primarily in transportation, which is almost ...
Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Researchers from the Republic of Korea documented that Bt rice is compositionally equivalent to its non-Bt counterpart by using four ...
Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

[B]ecause of Brexit, [the UK] has an opportunity to diverge from EU [agricultural] regulations. In a consultation that [ended] on ...
EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

The European Commission is counting on a suite of measures including new procurement schemes, promotional funds and research initiatives to ...
GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

[A] good portion of topsoil—the black fertile dirt that looks exactly like what you buy at the home and hardware ...
UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

Gene editing involves replacing genes that govern traits such as water dependency and nutrition with better-functioning ones from the same ...
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Insect-resistant, GM, Bt corn could help Kenya keep cancer-causing mycotoxins out of its food supply

[The Kenyan] Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) slapped a ban on maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania, saying tests on ...
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GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

The newly released Bt cowpea facilitated by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is expected to generate over $638 ...
Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Gene-edited plants differ from traditional GMOs because the method used to modify their genetic codes differs, and they often don’t ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance ...
Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies – ...
Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Fruit growers are on the alert.  “Once again we fruit growers find ourselves facing .... the consequences of other people’s ...
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China’s ‘five-year plan’ for farming productivity emphasizes importance of biotech crops

[China’s 13th] Five-Year Plan, which ended in 2020, was focused on eradicating extreme poverty in the country. With the new ...
GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

Nigeria could save $168 million worth of chemical import annually from the production of the new maize variety.  [TELA maize ...
‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” ...
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Viewpoint: France’s anti-GMO Green Party committed to a dying breed of ‘radical’ environmentalism

[The French Green Party is] well on their way to becoming the last dinosaurs of a ridiculous and radical ecologism ...
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Global food system responsible for 34% of greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

We have developed a new global food emissions database (EDGAR-FOOD) estimating greenhouse gas (GHG; CO2, CH4, N2O, fluorinated gases) emissions ...
Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

The trend of moving away from the traditional burger intensified [recently], when it was announced that McDonalds and Yum! Brands ...
Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible's 'mark of the beast'? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible’s ‘mark of the beast’? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Some fundamentalist Christians allege that COVID vaccines are "the mark of the beast" described in the Biblical book of Revelation ...
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Is Europe’s Farm 2 Fork plan to expand organic farming really all that good for the environment?

[The European Union's "Farm to Fork" policy] seeks to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers by 50% by 2050 ...
Limited consumer demand could hinder Europe’s plans to reach 25% organic food production

Limited consumer demand could hinder Europe’s plans to reach 25% organic food production

EU plans to make over 25 percent of Europe’s farmland organic by 2030 will depend on changes in consumption patterns, ...
Plant breeding efforts strained by climate change and booming food demand. Is CRISPR the answer?

Plant breeding efforts strained by climate change and booming food demand. Is CRISPR the answer?

Human population growth has increased the demand for food crops, animal feed, biofuel and biomaterials, all the while climate change ...
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