10 tips for better communication about pesticide science, risks

10 tips for better communication about pesticide science, risks

One of the biggest challenges for any risk communications professional today is to deliver positive messages on pesticides. Like any ...
New hybrid sugar beet could boost Europe's sugar industry

New hybrid sugar beet could boost Europe’s sugar industry

Plant biotechnologists from the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway [Ireland] have identified genetic breeding strategies to develop bigger and better ...
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Plants are great at storing CO2. These scientists aim to make them even better.

Researchers around the world are working to improve plants’ ability to combat climate change. Editor's note: This article was originally ...
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USDA: New US-Mexico trade agreement supports crop biotechnology previously blocked by Mexico

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue ... issued the following statement regarding the announcement on trade between the United States ...
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Cryopreservation: Scientists protect diversity of Uganda’s staple crops with cold storage

Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is using liquid nitrogen to conserve banana cell lines .... to combat disease and ...
'White gold': GMO cotton renews hope for Nigeria's troubled textile industry

‘White gold’: GMO cotton renews hope for Nigeria’s troubled textile industry

Nigeria's textile industry was once a thriving part of the nation's economy. The industry was once the country's second-leading employer, ...
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Beef producers, ‘alt-protein’ makers seek help settling ‘long-simmering dispute’

On [August 23rd], the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a Washington, D.C.-based association that represents the country’s biggest meat producers ...
Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

The honeybee, Apis mellifera, has been the dominant pollinator for decades but now is threatened by pesticides, pathogens, parasites and ...
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Can CRISPR help us stop wasting so much food?

CRISPR. It’s not what’s for dinner. Not yet, at least. But the hot genetic editing technology could be instrumental in ...
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Mexico will ban GMO corn when new government takes office, incoming agriculture secretary says

Victor Suarez, who has been named as the new [Undersecretary of Food Self-Sufficiency] by President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), has ...
Farming mom: 'Organic methods made our farm's environmental impact worse'

Farming mom: ‘Organic methods made our farm’s environmental impact worse’

Carpooler In Chief, Homework Enforcement Officer, President of Lunch-Packing, Bedtime Efficiency Strategist… When you’re a mom, you never wear just ...
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From GMOs to BPA, why are the wealthy more likely to fall for food pseudoscience?

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income ...
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Protecting pollinators: New logging practices triple wild bee populations in one year

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important ...
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Sequenced wheat genome will help scientists combat disease in earth’s most widely-grown crop

The complete sequence of the huge wheat genome [was published August 16th], and the enormous dataset will accelerate innovation in ...
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Organic pet food is ‘considerably more expensive’ than traditional alternatives but nutrient benefits insignificant

Perceived as being healthier alternatives to conventionally farmed foods, organics are often significantly more expensive – according to Consumer Reports, ...
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Farmers consider a world without glyphosate—and it’s less than ideal

"More glufosinate, maybe more paraquat." "I would have to find a different burn down chemical, likely paraquat. Would use more ...
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Talking Biotech: Chicken is the most widely grown animal in the world, but where did this popular bird come from?

Chicken is essential to modern agriculture, but where did it come from? Oxford University's Dr. Greger Larson explores this popular ...
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GAANTRY: USDA develops ‘gene-stacking’ solution to fungal pathogens—but will it actually work?

If climate change is the new normal, farmers in some regions of the world will have to get used to ...
Eat your broccoli: Chemicals in kale, cabbage and other Brassica vegetables could prevent colon cancer

Eat your broccoli: Chemicals in kale, cabbage and other Brassica vegetables could prevent colon cancer

Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon ...
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Video: Fear of biotech remains high, but GMOs are revolutionizing farming worldwide

It's no secret that many consumers remain fearful of agricultural biotechnology. More than half of Europe's citizens, for instance, believe ...
How is India's organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going? Peering past the propaganda, not so sustainably.

How is India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going? Peering past the propaganda, not so sustainably.

India's farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers ...
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Video: Ancient corn variety that makes its own nitrogen could lead to more sustainable farming

In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro, now chief agricultural officer at Mars, Incorporated, was looking for new kinds of corn. He ...
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5 ways the USDA could resolve challenges surrounding ‘bioengineered’ food labels

Two years ago, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law (NBFDL) into law, requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence ...
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‘Geoengineering’ the atmosphere to slow climate change would threaten agricultural production

Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out ...
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With limited arable land available around the world, is organic farming sustainable?

This question comes up frequently in discussions of farming practices – how much arable land is there on the Earth, ...
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Talking Biotech: Winning the disease resistance ‘arms race’ against plant pathogens to ensure food security

The disease resistance arms race between plants and pathogens continues. But scientists have entered this war on the side of ...
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Viewpoint: Farmers turn to social media to educate public about exaggerated benefits of organic and non-GMO labeled foods

Years ago, before I fell in love with a farmer and became one myself, I was a big-city girl who ...
'Land sparing' or 'land sharing'? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

‘Land sparing’ or ‘land sharing’? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

Farmers face a growing dilemma .... How do you feed .... people without harming the environment? [G]rowing as much food ...