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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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 ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy? | Andrew Porterfield Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond ...
Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides, but these chemicals are rampant in nature and many natural ones are more ...
Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

We've been praising the development of Golden Rice, genetically engineered to contain the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene, for years. Since vitamin ...
Promising GMO and gene-edited wheat varieties hindered by costly regulations, consumer concerns

Promising GMO and gene-edited wheat varieties hindered by costly regulations, consumer concerns

“Everything that my lab has produced is down in the basement.” That is how Peggy G. Lemaux, Ph.D., described the ...
Farmers' choice: GMOs help make Thanksgiving food abundant and affordable

Farmers’ choice: GMOs help make Thanksgiving food abundant and affordable

Farmers utilizing choices in seed technology, such as GMOs, allow us to have an abundance of food choices at affordable ...
African Seed Trade Association announces support for GMOs

African Seed Trade Association announces support for GMOs

A continental seed body on Friday [Nov. 17] supported the coexistence of genetically modified (GMO) seeds and conventional ones. The ...
New disease-resistant GMO soybean variety could protect crop from 'sudden death syndrome'

New disease-resistant GMO soybean variety could protect crop from ‘sudden death syndrome’

An Iowa State University agronomist is charting mechanisms – gene by gene – that could lead to soybean varieties resistant ...
Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without ...
EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have cleared a genetically modified sugar beet developed by Monsanto and KWS for reauthorisation ...
GMO supporters and critics weigh in on FDA's biotech education initiative

GMO supporters and critics weigh in on FDA’s biotech education initiative

[Editor's note: Karl Haro von Mogel is a geneticist with a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with ...
Glyphosate, other herbicides may contribute to antibiotic resistance, study finds

Glyphosate, other herbicides may contribute to antibiotic resistance, study finds

New Zealand researchers have found the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers can cause bacteria to be less susceptible to ...
Uganda approves open field trials for disease-resistant GMO bananas, paving way for 2021 release

Uganda approves open field trials for disease-resistant GMO bananas, paving way for 2021 release

Researchers at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda [Uganda] have said they are ready to go for open- ...
Neonicotinoid insecticide has 'no adverse effects' on honeybee colony health, meta-analysis finds

Neonicotinoid insecticide has ‘no adverse effects’ on honeybee colony health, meta-analysis finds

A quantitative weight of evidence (QWoE) methodology was used to assess higher-tier studies on the effects of imidacloprid (IMI) on ...
Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

[Editor's note: Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The following is part of a letter ...
CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
Ecuador activist group plans nationwide strike to protest country's loosening of GMO restrictions

Ecuador activist group plans nationwide strike to protest country’s loosening of GMO restrictions

Burning soy seeds lit up the city streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, last May as dozens of farmers, activists and indigenous ...
Would switching to 100% organic farming help the environment? 'Absolutely not'

Would switching to 100% organic farming help the environment? ‘Absolutely not’

Should the world’s farms go 100 percent organic to protect the environment? Absolutely not. One huge problem is that organic ...
Podcast: Gene editing could make farm animals happier and healthier

Podcast: Gene editing could make farm animals happier and healthier

Just one genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption anywhere in the world. A fast growing species of ...
Designer fruit is the future: Genetic engineering adds 'tangible benefits' for consumers

Designer fruit is the future: Genetic engineering adds ‘tangible benefits’ for consumers

Consumers have shown a great deal of resistance to GMO food over the years, but the Golden Arctic apple, which ...
Viewpoint: FDA regulations 'a disaster' for genetically modified animal research

Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
USDA expects quick approval for genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease in Florida

USDA expects quick approval for genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease in Florida

The Agriculture Department is expected to allow Florida citrus growers to start using a genetically engineered virus to protect trees ...
Wheat gene discovery could fend off deadly stem rust pathogen threatening global food security

Wheat gene discovery could fend off deadly stem rust pathogen threatening global food security

University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 20, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 20, 2017

Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices | Brandon McFadden Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA ...
Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

IITA scientists: GMOs could help fend off nematode crop pests in Africa, but educating policymakers and public about the benefits ...
How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

Supermarket tomatoes have a sorry reputation for looking great but tasting like cardboard. Short of growing only heirloom tomatoes, the ...
Viewpoint: Organic food fight over hydroponics about money—and that's how farming should be

Viewpoint: Organic food fight over hydroponics about money—and that’s how farming should be

Sustainable farming can’t actually be sustainable if farmers can’t make money doing it. So there’s a certain irony in the organic ...