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China is growing crops on the moon in preparation for its proposed lunar base

There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a ...
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Viewpoint: We should stop blaming cows for climate change

The claim that meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector is demonstrably false, says Frank Mitloehner ...
Why GMO advocates are failing in convincing the public that biotech crops are safe and beneficial

Why GMO advocates are failing in convincing the public that biotech crops are safe and beneficial

I have complained often about the lack of horizontal polling for public acceptance of genetically modified food – where the ...
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Video: What are GMO crops—and are they natural? Pioneering plant scientist Mary-Dell Chilton explains

I write about GMOs on a somewhat regular basis, but sometimes it’s a topic worth revisiting on a very basic ...
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4 expanding technologies that could help boost crop yields and preserve the environment

The scope of [agricultural] advances during the past three years is nothing short of astonishing. Today’s growers now have at ...
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Peach-flavored strawberries, disease-resistant bananas? How genetic engineering is shaking up our fruit supply

New [fruit] varieties created through genetic editing and engineering promise to beat disease, and offer enticing new flavors. ... Genetically ...
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What’s going to happen in farm biotech in 2019? Gene-edited foods; lab-grown meat surges; CRISPR regulation clarity

These are the trends I expect to define biotech in agriculture during 2019.  ...
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Here’s everything you need to know about GMO crops

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs or GMs) are one of the most well-studied areas of biological and agricultural research. However, one ...
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Viewpoint: How the Organic Trade Association flunked Science 101—No, organics are not ‘chemical free’

I recently had an encounter on Twitter with the CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Laura Batcha. The OTA ...
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Monsanto’s patent victory in India may grant farmers access to latest GMO crops

Monsanto’s [recent] victory in a patent case in India regarding genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds has raised hopes among farmers ...
Rice plants engineered to take up more CO2 could boost crop yields as much as 27%

Rice plants engineered to take up more CO2 could boost crop yields as much as 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to ...
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Young Ugandan biotech advocates push back against scare tactics of European and American-funded anti-GMO African environmental activists

While many of his classmates worried, Jonan decided to work in defense of biotechnology ...
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‘Blueprint’ of plant’s immune system could speed breeding of disease-resistant crops

Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the ...
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Short-stature hybrid corn, likely to debut next decade, could dramatically boost crop yields

Farmers who have waded and stumbled through corn decimated by green snap or stalk lodging may be in luck in ...
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Saving our seeds and why we could do more to protect genetic diversity

Nations of the world are working to preserve seed diversity through the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food ...
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Scientists can identify organic and conventional milk with a simple chemistry test

Food fraud is a substantial problem....because it is nearly impossible for consumers to tell the difference between, say, conventional and ...
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Disease-resistant cassava could help safeguard against starvation in developing countries

[Ismail] Rabbi, a geneticist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, and his colleagues are on ...
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Organic farming in US doubles as organic food sales reach $7.6 billion annually

There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data ...
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We must end ‘over-regulation’ of crop gene editing to halt global food insecurity, says prominent Canadian agricultural scientist

[W]hen it comes to food and agriculture, the future may be predictable, but it isn’t humorous. The current situation is ...
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Could open source indoor farming help us feed 10 billion people?

Paul Gauthier, a plant physiologist at Princeton University, took a short drive up the New Jersey Turnpike to try to ...
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Viewpoint: Non-GMO marketing takes advantage of misinformed consumers

Food marketing claims have always stretched the truth .... But some recent trends are taking dishonest marketing tactics to a ...
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With the ‘bee crisis’ fading and European farmers fearing an insect invasion, EU’s neonicotinoid ban fiasco stumbles into the New Year

The future of a controversial agricultural pesticide remains in limbo, thanks to scientific uncertainty and political malfeasance ...
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Parasitic wasp brings invasive pest to heel, cuts deforestation 31-95% in southeast Asia

Effective on-farm biological control can slow the pace of deforestation and avert biodiversity loss. This is what an international team ...
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Monsanto retains patent on GMO Bt cotton in India, nation’s Supreme Court rules

Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit won a legal battle to own patents on genetically-modified cotton seeds in India, the world’s biggest producer of ...
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2018 biotech review: Second generation of GMOs arrives as US anti-GMO movement falters

A prediction that the anti-GMO movement would become increasingly irrelevant in 2018 comes to pass ...
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Spicy tomatoes? Scientists want to produce chili pepper metabolites in CRISPR-edited tomatoes

Surely, someone out there has cooked up a shrimp fra diavolo and thought, “mamma mia, this would be much easier ...
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Audio: GMOs aren’t just made in the lab. They’re found in nature, too

While genetically modified crops are the result of the intentional introduction of "foreign" genes by humans for a specific agricultural ...