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 ...
Complex EU system leads to undemocratic GMO approval process

Complex EU system leads to undemocratic GMO approval process

[Editor's note: Monika Mühlböck is a professor at the Department of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna. Jale Tosun is ...
Fungicides may be to blame for US bumblebee declines, study finds

Fungicides may be to blame for US bumblebee declines, study finds

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they ...
South Australia close to passing bill to extend GMO crop ban to 2025

South Australia close to passing bill to extend GMO crop ban to 2025

South Australia is set to extend its controversial ban on the growing of genetically-modified crops until 2025 after a bill ...
Claims that glyphosate herbicide causes chronic diseases 'not supported by scientific evidence'

Claims that glyphosate herbicide causes chronic diseases ‘not supported by scientific evidence’

[Editor's note: Robin Mesnage was a coauthor of the retracted study led by anti-GMO activist scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini (GLP profile here) ...
CRISPR could revolutionize livestock breeding—if people will eat gene-edited animals

CRISPR could revolutionize livestock breeding—if people will eat gene-edited animals

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), the last site-specific endonuclease to be developed, is an RNA- guided endonuclease, easy ...
Disease-resistant GMO bananas could save $12 billion Cavendish global industry

Disease-resistant GMO bananas could save $12 billion Cavendish global industry

A billion dollar banana industry at risk of a deadly disease could be saved by a scientific breakthrough from a ...
Nigeria rejects $10 million worth of unapproved GMO corn imported from Argentina

Nigeria rejects $10 million worth of unapproved GMO corn imported from Argentina

Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has, in conjunction with the Customs Service, ordered that the genetically modified ...
Viewpoint: Blame activist social media for Europe's anti-science crusade against glyphosate

Viewpoint: Blame activist social media for Europe’s anti-science crusade against glyphosate

[Editor's note: Richard Hackett is an Agronomist based in North County Dublin, Ireland.] [A]ccess to abundant food has led to complacency ...
Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Researchers are exploring the impact of using nanoscale nutrients––including copper––on eggplants and other crops. While early results have shown substantial ...
What's a 'GMO' food?

What’s a ‘GMO’ food?

[W]hat exactly is a GMO? The initialism stands for "genetically modified organism," but it's a term lacking scientific precision. Moreover, ...
Genes associated with improved photosynthesis could double crop yields, suck more CO2 out of atmosphere

Genes associated with improved photosynthesis could double crop yields, suck more CO2 out of atmosphere

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research have found natural genetic variation for photosynthesis in plants and are unravelling it to ...
Monsanto, farmers groups sue California claiming glyphosate cancer warning would be 'false speech'

Monsanto, farmers groups sue California claiming glyphosate cancer warning would be ‘false speech’

Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday [Nov. 15] to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings ...
Video: Geneticist Nina Fedoroff on what to do when scientists and citizens disagree about GMOs

Video: Geneticist Nina Fedoroff on what to do when scientists and citizens disagree about GMOs

At the 2017 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Award held on Nov. 7 in the Georgia Center’s Mahler Auditorium, molecular biologist ...
GMO stigma: The challenge of growing virus-resistant papaya in Hawaii

GMO stigma: The challenge of growing virus-resistant papaya in Hawaii

[Michael] Kamiya is a strong supporter of agricultural technology, which he credits for saving his family’s farm. He has childhood ...
Crop armor: Genetic modification to protect plants from drought, climate change

Crop armor: Genetic modification to protect plants from drought, climate change

An army of scientists is hard at work to understand how plants sense, defend and adapt to harsh environments. ...