Crops & Food

We eat to live. Humans use approximately 11% of Earth’s land for the cultivation of crops for food, but also for clothing, medicine and biofuels. Globally, major crops include sugarcane, pumpkin, maize (corn), wheat, rice, cassava, soybeans, hay, potatoes and cotton.

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Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Scientists in [Kenya] have successfully tested genetically modified maize samples that are resistant to stem borer and are drought tolerant ...
How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

If Paris and Rome carry through with their plans to ban glyphosate, a small group of French, Italian and Belgian ...
Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt's 'inexcusable' attack on orange growers betrays science

Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt’s ‘inexcusable’ attack on orange growers betrays science

Activist group Moms Across America, run by someone with zero scientific training, makes a living attacking farmers and scientists that ...
Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

[Editor's note: Cécile Philippe is an economist and Director-General of the Molinari Economic Institute.] In France, a glyphosate ban for ...
Long neglected by breeders, Africa's staple 'orphan crops' undergoing a genetic revolution

Long neglected by breeders, Africa’s staple ‘orphan crops’ undergoing a genetic revolution

Cassava and sweet potatoes. Lablab beans and water berries. Bitter gourds and sickle sennas. Elephant ears and African locusts. ... All ...
Gene could unlock high yield soybeans with increased protein for animal feed

Gene could unlock high yield soybeans with increased protein for animal feed

Leftovers can be quite valuable. For instance, when soybean seed is crushed and the oil extracted, what’s left is called ...
Science Moms hit back at anti-GMO group's Monsanto 'shill' accusations

Science Moms hit back at anti-GMO group’s Monsanto ‘shill’ accusations

[Editor's note: Alison Bernstein, Anastasia Bodnar, Jenny Splitter, Kavin Senapathy, Layla Katiraee, and Natalie Newell are part of a group called Science ...
Post-Brexit UK will continue GMO crop ban, environment secretary says

Post-Brexit UK will continue GMO crop ban, environment secretary says

Food made from genetically modified crops will continue to be banned in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union, ...
Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

European Union countries found themselves at odds on Monday [Nov. 27] over weed killer. After a long deadlock over renewing the ...
GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines' industry, reduce pesticide use

GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines’ industry, reduce pesticide use

Following a multi-year slump, the Philippine cotton industry is anticipating a renaissance through the help of an innovative, science-based crop that farmers ...
Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

[Jean-Daniel] Charrière oversees bee research at the Swiss government's agriculture institute, Agroscope. ... Currently, there is a big focus among scientists, activists ...
Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Alison Van Eenennaam is one of agriculture’s leading voices of reason and persuasion in support of good science in food ...
Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering 'only option' to improve food security

Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering ‘only option’ to improve food security

[Editor's note: Rajeev Varshney is Research Program Director for Genetic Gains, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups' master plan substitutes 'citizen science' for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups’ master plan substitutes ‘citizen science’ for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

The European Union resisted the lobbying of organic and anti-biotech groups to renew authorization of glyphosate, although only for five ...
French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

The European Union voted on Monday [Nov. 27] to extend its authorization for the world’s best-selling herbicide for an abbreviated ...
Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Scott Prentice, executive director of BioChecked, has been in the food certification business since 2010. However, he's made the most ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

An acronym that conjures specters like pesticides, cancer, obesity, the transformation of life forms into intellectual property, and corporate control ...
EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

If the European Union eventually phases out all the popular glyphosate herbicide, the loss of farm productivity could cost Europe ...
Video: Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 'troubling trend' of misleading food labels

Video: Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on ‘troubling trend’ of misleading food labels

There’s been a lot of talk about the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed by the US Congress in 2016. The ...
Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones 'greatly exaggerated'

Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones ‘greatly exaggerated’

[L]ast year, Kevin Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the University of Nottingham, published a paper about several clones including Dolly’s four “sisters,” who ...
Spy plants? DARPA working on genetically engineered surveillance sensors

Spy plants? DARPA working on genetically engineered surveillance sensors

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the think-tank that’s under the U.S. Department of Defense, recently announced that it’s ...
Food fight: GMO labeling disagreements behind food lobby shakeup?

Food fight: GMO labeling disagreements behind food lobby shakeup?

Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, rocked food circles in late October with the news that it was leaving the ...
EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending 'heated debate'

EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending ‘heated debate’

EU countries approved on Monday [Nov. 27] the use of weed-killer glyphosate for the next five years after a heated ...
Viewpoint: GMO crops are future of African farming—if anti-biotech activists get out of the way

Viewpoint: GMO crops are future of African farming—if anti-biotech activists get out of the way

[I]nfluenced by European environmentalists, most African countries forbid the growing of genetically modified crops. This is a pity, because unless ...
Anti-biotechnology fake news: 'Natural News' claims RNAi used to 'eliminate black people'

Anti-biotechnology fake news: ‘Natural News’ claims RNAi used to ‘eliminate black people’

Anti-GMO campaigners are promoting a new conspiracy theory conflating the pioneering genetics technology of RNAi with anti-vaxxer myths and a ...
Mexico revokes Monsanto permit to develop GMO soybean seeds in 7 states

Mexico revokes Monsanto permit to develop GMO soybean seeds in 7 states

Agriculture sanitation authority Senasica has revoked a permit held by Monsanto to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states ...
Argentina authorizes new herbicide-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Argentina authorizes new herbicide-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Argentina authorized on Friday [Nov. 24] the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as ...
France to vote against 5-year EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

France to vote against 5-year EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

France will vote against a five-year extension of the license for weed-killer glyphosate that the European Commission will propose on ...