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Could indoor ‘freight farms’ provide ideal growing conditions for CRISPR-edited crops?

The technology and innovation moving within modern day agriculture is so fast-paced and expansive, you can find futuristic solutions, ideas, ...
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Washing your food with soap won’t kill coronavirus—but it could make you very sick

The debate around giving your fruits and veggies a bubble bath blew up [in late March] following a viral video ...
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95.5% of Europe’s produce below legal pesticide limits, posing little risk to consumers, food safety officials say

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based ...
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Podcast: With honeybees no longer abandoning their colonies, deadly Varroa destructor mite now biggest threat to bee health

University of Maryland entomologist Samuel Ramsey sits down with NPR's Maddie Sofia to discuss how America's honeybees are faring in ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can help feed billions of people without fueling climate change

We face a formidable challenge in the years ahead. We need to reduce [carbon] emissions and also sustain a growing ...
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Video: What would happen if all the world’s farmers grew organic food?

Stuck at home without your usual organic veggies? Just buy regular ones. They're safe, nutritious and might even be better ...
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Pigs could accelerate coronavirus vaccine development

The Pirbright Institute is joining in the global battle to help control COVID-19 by using its unique expertise and facilities ...
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Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the ...
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Glyphosate and other pesticides pose little threat to soil health, many studies show

Most no-tillers use some external inputs like herbicides and synthetic fertilizers, though there are certainly those who have or are ...
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Coronavirus presents ‘looming food crisis,’ FAO warns

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the global coronavirus pandemic may trigger a “looming food ...
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New GMO crops are coming, but why do just four companies develop so many of them?

In November, Science magazine .... described how corn breeding researchers were able to activate a gene that regulated corn growth ...
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Clones, enzymes, stem cells and more: Learn these scientific terms to better understand biotech news

Quite often, you hear about advances in biotechnology in the news .... [Y]ou might feel as if the science and ...
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3 million COVID-19 vaccines a week by June? British American Tobacco in pre-clinical trials on cloning-developed plant-based antigen

British American Tobacco (BAT), which makes Lucky Strike and Benson & Hedges, says it is developing a vaccine for Covid-19, ...
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EPA green lights weedkiller for use on GMO soy, helping farmers control herbicide-resistant weeds

[March 30], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, ...
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Restricting trade to clamp down on coronavirus may lead to food shortages

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, fears of a deep global recession are mounting. Some also fear that food supplies ...
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How America’s obesity epidemic could exacerbate deadly impact of coronavirus

With businesses facing bankruptcy, schools closed and sports events canceled, President Trump and others have now asked: Is the cure ...
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Low-toxicity pesticide tricks fungi into ‘committing suicide’, safeguarding key food crops from disease

Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security. Currently, we protect our crops against fungal disease ...
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Viewpoint: LA restaurants tried to sell groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did the city shut them down?

A few Los Angeles restaurants struggling to maintain footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak identified a clever way to generate revenue ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-biotech activist Vandana Shiva says GMO soy caused the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s why she’s wrong

In recent months, quacks and charlatans of all kinds have been rubbing their hands with glee, as a novel coronavirus ...
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Podcast: Science writer Michael Specter on what you should know about the coronavirus, food security and GMOs

Science writer, New Yorker contributor and author of the book Denialism Michael Specter joins Felix Salmon on the Slate Money ...
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Science to the rescue? How modern genetics could help save the world from coronavirus

Humanity really has only two options to confront the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the planet. The first is to mount ...
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Plants communicate to fight off pests. Their ‘conversations’ might help us safeguard our food crops

When a beetle larva bites into the leaf of a goldenrod plant .... [t]he bite damages the goldenrod .... causing ...
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Nutrient-fortified, drought-tolerant chickpea could provide sustainable protein source for India

Chickpea is a major source of protein for the people in India. It is grown mainly in semi-arid regions during ...
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Locust invasion has jeopardized the livelihoods of 20 million Africans—now a second wave is coming

Billions of desert locusts have swept across east Africa, threatening the livelihoods of more than 20 million people. Now a ...
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Bayer settles Roundup weedkiller false advertising lawsuit for $39.5 million

Bayer AG agreed to pay $39.5 million to settle allegations that its Monsanto unit ran misleading ads about the controversial ...
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COVID crisis captivates conspiracy theorists

In the face of a global catastrophe like COVID-19, it’s only natural that frightened, anxious people try to ascribe blame ...
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Kenya could stop locust invasion within two months, despite coronavirus pandemic

The Government says it will take at least two more months to check the spread of the desert locusts in ...
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How do you make vegetables taste like meat? The science behind the rise of plant-based burgers

“Beyond Meat,” an American company that produces plant-based meat substitutes, made a huge splash in financial markets when its stock ...