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Nigeria on track to commercialize GMO cowpeas, rice, sorghum, corn and cotton

The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for ...
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GMO farming grows to record 457 million acres in 26 countries worldwide

The cultivation of genetically engineered (GMO) crops hit record levels in 2016, with 18 million farmers planting 185.1 million hectares ...
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In India, Nobel laureate biochemist Richard Roberts calls for politicians to listen to scientists—not activists—on GMOs

UK-based scientist Richard J Roberts, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1993, criticised the "anti-GMO people" ... and ...
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Successful field trials of GMO Golden Rice in Bangladesh move biofortified crop closer to approval

Bangladeshi rice scientists have advanced a beta carotene-rich rice to a varietal release stage, heralding a new era in fight ...
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CRISPR gene editing could boost crop yields and nutrition, but public acceptance remains wild card

The process of producing better food, protecting the environment and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace ...
German coalition pledges GMO ban, phase out of glyphosate, expansion of organic farming

German coalition pledges GMO ban, phase out of glyphosate, expansion of organic farming

Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending use of the weed-killer glyphosate within the country but gives no ...
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Viewpoint: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ perpetuates stereotypes about food, farming and scientists

The popular Netflix movie is a disservice to important agricultural research aimed at producing more food with fewer resources, writes ...
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Parasitic dodder plant steals crops’ water and nutrients. Could gene editing stop it?

A parasitic plant called dodder can silence the expression of genes in the host plants from which it obtains water ...
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Partisan divide erupts on glyphosate-cancer science as IARC supporters push ‘Monsanto Papers’ narrative

“There appear to be serious problems with the science underlying [the International Agency for Research on Cancer]’s [2015] assessment of ...
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Europe should embrace new breeding techniques to make farming more sustainable, says EU agriculture committee chair

The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production ...
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Despite GMO cotton controversy, Burkina Faso still open to GE crops, sterile mosquitoes to combat malaria

Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop ...
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Stem cell breakthrough could improve cow health, milk production and more

After decades of effort, scientists have finally managed to derive embryonic stem (ES) cells from cows and keep them in ...
Advances in crop microbiome research could revolutionize agriculture

Advances in crop microbiome research could revolutionize agriculture

Editor's note: Davide Bulgarelli is a principal investigator at the University of Dundee in the UK. His research aims at understanding the ...
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GMO label doesn’t deter European companies’ interest in new soybean oil with less saturated fat

DuPont Pioneer's soybean oil Plenish has been approved for the EU and, despite having to label on pack it as ...
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International organic farming group IFOAM declares opposition to CRISPR gene-edited crops

IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) has published a position paper on the new genetic engineering techniques. The aim is provide ...
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Fish genes in tomatoes? The GMO lie that just won’t die

Editor's note: Mary Mangan, Ph.D., received her education in microbiology, immunology, plant cell biology, and mammalian cell, developmental, and molecular biology ...
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House science committee to consider cutting US funding for IARC cancer agency

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee [Tuesday, Feb. 6] is likely to consider whether Congress should cut off millions ...
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Rwandan scientists debate potential pros and cons of allowing farmers to grow GMO crops

[G]enetically modified organisms (GMOs), which scientists argue are primed to revolutionise agriculture and livestock, have attracted criticism and skepticism from ...
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Farmers in four states sue Monsanto, BASF and Dupont over dicamba herbicide damage

Farmers in the heartland have filed at least 11 lawsuits in federal court over the last two years against the ...
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Managed honey bees can harm wild pollinator species

There is widespread concern about the global decline in pollinators and the associated loss of pollination services. This concern is ...
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Germany agrees to ban GMO crops, phase out glyphosate herbicide ‘as soon as possible’

After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government ...
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How consumer-friendly GMO foods could change minds about biotech crops and animals

Editor's note: This article is part two of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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Cultivation without domestication: Unlike modern farmers, ancient civilizations grew crops that ‘spread like weeds’

Plant domestication, the theory runs, comprises a long history during which humans select traits advantageous to farming practice. Qualities such as seed ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide may increase honeybee survival when manure bacteria is present, lab study finds

Recent studies of honeybees and bumblebees have examined combinatory effects of different stressors, as insect pollinators are naturally exposed to ...
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Cargill tries to balance science and its embrace of Non-GMO label

About 9 months ago Cargill sent out a tweet that unintentionally offended, and profoundly offended, thousands of North American farmers ...
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Could 2018 mark the end of the anti-GMO movement?

Editor's note: This article is part one of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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Viewpoint: Congress should scrap burdensome regulations on GMO crops used for biofuel, fiber

Editor's note: This letter was signed by University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources graduate students Matthew Ott, Leanna Leverich, ...
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Indian farmers no closer to gaining access to GMO mustard 8 months after recommended approval

On May 11, last year, the GEAC, [India's] apex authority for assessing the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops, declared ...