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First land plants may have appeared 100 million years earlier than previously thought

A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years ...
CRISPR revolution could level the playing field for crop biotech companies

CRISPR revolution could level the playing field for crop biotech companies

For agriculture, [CRISPR] technology is a new way to instill crops and livestock with desirable traits — or to remove ...
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Can insect-resistant GMO Bt corn help Kenya fight crop pests and climate change?

Elizabeth Nduku, a smallholder maize farmer in [Kenya], is dejected. Her crop is worse off than the previous seasons. This ...
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Viewpoint: Science-based biotech regulations could unlock a new agricultural revolution

The discovery of DNA and new developments in information and nanotechnology provide the foundation for a new agricultural revolution that ...
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‘Natural’ food label heads to court

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been ...
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Farmers in Quebec, Canada will now have to get permission to use neonicotinoid insecticides on crops

Quebec is introducing new restrictions on pesticides considered harmful to honeybees. Under the changes, farmers will have to get permission from a certified ...
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Review of Whitewash (or Hogwash?): Carey Gillam’s glyphosate book betrays science, undermines our understanding of cancer

Last fall a new book hit the shelves, timed to coincide with public hearings on the European Union’s re-authorization of ...
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Anti-GMO group Moms Across America attacks food brands over trace parts per billion of glyphosate

[G]lyphosate [is] in the spotlight again as anti-GMO activist group Moms Across America released test results suggesting trace levels of ...
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Video: Are genetically modified foods ‘unnatural’?

It's such a simple question. Naturally, the answer is far more complex than it ought to be. We've always messed ...
Viewpoint: Are plants conscious? New York Times bungles story about how anesthetics can 'sedate' a plant

Viewpoint: Are plants conscious? New York Times bungles story about how anesthetics can ‘sedate’ a plant

[T]he New York Times [recently] ran a story on a scientific paper about how anesthetics stopped motion in plants with a provocative headline for readers and ...
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African scientist: Europe’s ‘fear-based politics’ on GMOs hurts developing world’s ability to combat hunger

The need to feed growing populations in developing countries, especially countries in Africa, must be met by increasing the yields ...
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Australia, New Zealand weigh whether foods created with New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) to be regulated as GMOs

New Zealand's food standards watchdog is reviewing how rules might apply to a new generation of products that can be ...
Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

In January, the European Parliament announced that it will set up a Special Committee on the Union’s authorization procedure for ...
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Sustainable ‘superfish’: AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon poised to counter overfishing

At current rates, according to a 2006 article in the journal Science, the world will run out of all wild-caught fish ...
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Uganda’s president assessing GMO crops’ potential versus activists’ concerns

Scientists in Uganda had hoped it was the dawn of a new era in food security for a drought-prone region ...
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What non-farmers should know about the risks and benefits of herbicide-resistant GMO crops

Editor's note: Graham Scoles is a plant scientist at the University of Saskatchewan While engaging in an online debate around genetically ...
Former organic farmer and USDA inspector: Time for National Organic Program to allow GMO crops

Former organic farmer and USDA inspector: Time for National Organic Program to allow GMO crops

Editor's note: Mischa Popoff is a former USDA organic inspector and farmer Organic activists would like you to believe their ...
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Will the noxious public debate over GMOs turn consumers against gene-edited crops?

Americans are easily riled about genetically modifying crops, animals and foods, even though research indicates they know little about how ...
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Proposed California ballot initiative ignores scientific consensus on GMOs, vaccine safety

A proposed ballot initiative takes Golden State wackiness to the next level. ... This fall, Californians may have the opportunity ...
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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

While many studies show that genetically modified crops contribute to yield gains, GMO critics say that they don’t. Such claims, ...
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Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff: Despite opposition, GMOs adopted faster than any crops in human history

Despite the controversy surrounding it, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used for food can play a big role in meeting the ...
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Sri Lanka’s tea industry calls on government to lift ‘arbitrary’ ban on glyphosate herbicide

In a strongly-worded statement, Sri Lanka’s tea industry stakeholders, including state-run Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) Chairman Rohan Pethiyagoda, called ...
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Lost rice variety cultivated by US slaves rediscovered in Trinidad—and coming to your plates

Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a ...
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Herbicide resistance management strategies may not be enough to slow weeds’ evolution, UK study suggests

Editor's note: In the study, the authors note that this research contrasts current industry advice and scientific literature on herbicide resistance management ...
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Australian farmers protest state GMO ban, demand right to grow ‘revolutionary’ omega-3 canola

South Australian grain growers are loudly lamenting the cost of their state’s ban on genetically modified (GM) crops which threatens ...
USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

Government data comparing yields of organic vs. conventional farms finds a sharp yield edge for conventional on more than 84 ...
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Gene editing could help brassica crops adapt to climate change

A harmful effect of climate change that poses a major threat to food crops around the world could be overcome ...
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Disease-resistant GMO cassava developed by Kenyan scientists moves closer to approval

Cassava farmers are about five years away from accessing disease-resistant genetically modified varieties, currently being tested in specific locations around ...