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Golden Rice, Part 4: Cost-effective GMO crop can save lives and dramatically boost developing economies

Golden Rice is safe, and there is excellent human evidence that it will work ...
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Plants have circadian clocks; knowing how they ‘tick’ could optimize crops for diverse growing conditions

It's widely understood that humans have a circadian clock. When we travel long distances, things get knocked out of kilter ...
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GMO Bt crops slow global spread of fall armyworm pest, but some bugs resistant to insecticidal plants

The fall armyworm is hungry, on the move and scaring farmers the world over. The crop-devouring pest has spread from ...
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Viewpoint: International science communicator warns crop biotech proponents not to oversell its benefits to wary consumers

We all agree any mention of “genes” and related techniques, tools and applications evoke strong emotions and varied opinions. This ...
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More than one-third of Americans do not know that foods with zero genetically modified ingredients contain genes—and why that matters

More than a third of Americans think that only GMO foods contain genes. Even worse--people aren't looking to scientists to ...
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Harvard food security expert: European influence keeps GMO crops out of Africa

African countries have long maintained some of the strictest regulations on genetically modified agriculture, with only four out of 47 ...
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Podcast: ‘Straight out lies’ from anti-GMO groups hinder Africa’s food security, South African biologist says

Africa has the most to gain from embracing crop biotechnology, yet the continent's farmers are still largely denied access to ...
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Viewpoint: USDA GMO labeling plan is pointless, expensive—and probably unconstitutional

The scientific consensus is that mandatory GMO labeling fails every test — scientific, economic, legal, and common-sense ...
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Royalty-free genes reduce GMO seed costs in Africa

Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa will be able to access improved seeds at low cost, thanks to the use of ...
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The more biotech science you know, the less you fear GMO crops, study finds

Genetically modified (GM) foods are often met with harsh public opposition, though little research has attempted to understand why this ...
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Podcast: Getting back to nature—7 reasons you should start a home garden

Our collective desire to get “back to nature” is probably one of the better instincts from the Woodstock era that ...
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Scrambled DNA fragments could open doors to higher crop yields, new herbicides

Plants have shown a wide range of reactions after being edited with random bits of genetic material. Some grow faster ...
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Viewpoint: Will FDA finally crack down on ‘false and misleading’ Non-GMO Project labels?

How much will mega food companies care until FDA decides to enforce the law? ...
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Golden Rice, Part 2: Will nutritionally enhanced rice work and help solve malnutrition in developing countries?

For more than a quarter of a century, vitamin A deficiency (VAD) has been recognized by the United Nations as ...
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Podcast: Where blackberries came from—and how genetics made them so delicious

Blackberries are a popular, healthy fruit consumed by people all over the world. Over the last century, significant progress has ...
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Organic food sales at $48 billion, now almost 6% of food, despite continued decline in market growth rate

Sales of organic food in the U.S. last year totaled a record $47.9 billion — 5.9% higher than 2017, according ...
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Market for agricultural robots expected to hit $87.9 billion by 2025

A new report by market analysts and consultants Tractica has said that global shipments of robots designed for agricultural use ...
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Viewpoint: Why we can’t seem to bridge the gulf that divides pro- and anti-GMO forces

The opposition to GMOs is based not on scientific evidence, but on personal values and ideology. In effect, the two ...
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Golden Rice, Part 1: The story of a GMO crop that could benefit billions of children a year

For billions of people, the stakes could not be higher ...
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DNA sequencing reveals complicated evolution of peanuts, staple crop grown on 64 million acres worldwide

According to the USDA, farmers around the world grow 44.9 million metric tons of peanuts on more than 64 million ...
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Reduced pesticide use in organic farming boosts manual labor as much as 35%

Gleaming organic products have come to occupy an increasingly large portion of grocery store shelves. Many may think that compared to traditional ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO forces in Nigeria have abandoned reason and the nation’s best interests

Protecting health and and food security is best done through dialogue and education, not threats and smear campaigns ...
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‘Pan genome’ of world’s wheat could supply genetic variation to breed new crop varieties

The growing demand for wheat, the onset of global warming, and the transitioning of Western farming away from intensive agriculture, ...
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Video: Fine-tuning beneficial mutations breeds higher yielding tomatoes

Unexpected interactions between mutations can be a thorn in the side for plant breeders, especially when they’re trying to promote ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘thrilling’ innovations that ushered in the biotechnology revolution may not be enough to combat the huge anti-GMO propaganda machine

Scientists need to promote and defend the relevance of their science, even after it has left their lab ...
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Uganda’s anti-GMO activists blamed for stonewalling nation’s new biosafety rules

A campaign by non-governmental organizations is determined to keep Uganda free of GMOs ...
Video: John Innes Centre battles nutrient deficiency with iron-fortified biotech wheat

Video: John Innes Centre battles nutrient deficiency with iron-fortified biotech wheat

Iron is an important micro-nutrient, boosting haemoglobin levels in the blood. Many populations and particularly women and children are currently ...