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Viewpoint: Europe’s ‘de facto’ GMO crop ban, mandatory labeling scheme ‘hinder innovation’

An excellent new paper from a trio of Danish researchers, two of whom are based out of the University of Copenhagen, argues that the European ...
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Does Big Ag control farmers through seeds patents? Farmers don’t think so.

Farmers have a wide range of choices for seeds, including conventional and GMO. And most, for economic and performance rather ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Political populism’ dictates Europe’s bureaucratic anti-GMO crop rules

As individuals, we’re able to decide whether a single action is acceptable to us, or deemed to be too risky ...
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IBM, Yara International announce digital platform to optimize crop production for individual farms

Yara International, a leader in crop nutrition, and IBM announced [April 26] an agreement to build the world’s leading digital ...
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Omega-3 oil from GMO plants equivalent to fish oil, human clinical study shows

Research .... has shown that key omega-3 fatty acids within GM plant oils are taken up and processed by the ...
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‘Regenerative’ is the new buzz word in agriculture. Does the sustainability hype match reality?

The goal should be sustainability, not trying to advance an ideology ...
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Canadian farmers anticipate access to new GMO crops as US-China trade deal nears completion

Canadian farmers may benefit from the trade dispute between the United States and China to the tune of hundreds of ...
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African farmers look to genetic engineering in fight against plant diseases and pests

The benefits of genetic engineering will not come to fruition in Africa if the opponents of the technology continue to ...
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Chinese import restrictions block Brazil’s access to latest GMO crops

Brazil Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said on [April 25] that the country must work with China to reduce non-tariff barriers ...
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Infographic: 1.3 billion tons of food end up in the trash. Here’s how biotech crops can help

Each year the world wastes 1.3 billion tons of food—1/3 of global production. The US throws away approximately 40 percent ...
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Taming wild plants with CRISPR gene editing in quest to find new foods

A pilot project with groundcherries demonstrates the huge potential in gene editing wild plants for food ...
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Video: Where did the infamous needle-in-a-tomato anti-GMO image come from?

It’s become something of a personal quest: find the original “syringe-in-the-plant” image. For the last 5 years, I’ve been communicating ...
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Viewpoint: 5 popular Netflix documentaries serve up pseudoscience about agriculture, chemicals and nutrition

Netflix brought in $15.8 billion in revenue in 2018 in part because the streaming service floods subscribers with a deluge ...
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CRISPR could save banana, major food source for 500 million people, from deadly disease, climate change

CRISPR/Cas9‐based genome editing is offering new hope for protecting a critical food security crop by developing climate-smart banana varieties. Research ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs are an overlooked but consequential solution to climate change

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are not only a lot less scary than pop culture would lead you to believe ...
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Viewpoint: Mainstream Arnold Foundation now major funder of fringe anti-GMO USRTK while Organic Consumers Association cuts support

US Right To Know may now be too poisonous even for the Organic Consumers Association ...
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Naturally mutating corn pollen genes may lead the way to higher-yielding crops

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability ...
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Microbial biofertilizer could boost sustainable farming as food demand booms

Agriculture is facing tough challenges in the years ahead, including a rising world population and arable land and water becoming ...
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Epigenetics could alter the way we breed crops for drought and climate change

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
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Biotech firms rush to enter CRISPR crop market to meet global food demand

Agriculture technology (“agtech”) companies of all sizes are vying to enter commercial food markets. [In March] when news broke about ...
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Podcast: Synthetic ‘light switch’ boosts photosynthesis to increase crop yields

One of the limiting factors in photosynthesis is the plant’s ability to take up carbon dioxide to assimilate into carbohydrates ...
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Domestication ‘reboot’: CRISPR gene editing turns wild plants into desirable fruits and vegetables

Early in the 20th century, a strange tomato plant took root in the northeastern United States. Because of a random ...
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Deciphering US plans for regulating biotech animal breeding

An overview of the regulation of biotech breeding as it relates to animals, covering some open and unsettled issues.  ...
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China’s lengthy GMO crop approval process cuts US agriculture profits $5 billion over five years

China’s approval process for biotech crops is beset by regulatory hurdles and delays that have cost U.S. companies billions of ...
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Viewpoint: Outgoing FDA chief Scott Gottlieb scored some wins, but dropped the ball on food labeling, gene-edited plants and animals

Gottlieb’s policy proposals for FDA oversight of gene-edited plants and animals were as inexplicable as they were inconsistent with longstanding U.S. policy ...
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Why do we need GMOs if we already grow enough food to feed the world?

The world produces enough food to feed everyone, but what does that really mean, considering abundant food in the west ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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CRISPR gene editing yields world’s smallest tomatoes to feed astronauts

Scientists at the National University of Colombia have bred the smallest tomato in the world using DNA from a cherry ...