CRISPR could help combat bovine tuberculosis—disease that costs farmers $3 billion annually

CRISPR could help combat bovine tuberculosis—disease that costs farmers $3 billion annually

Recombinetics announced [October 16] the launch of TARGET-TB, a tripartite collaborative research project with University College Dublin in the Republic ...
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Precision plant breeding could boost sustainable rice production 25 percent

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) [recently] announced a multi-year framework agreement on ...
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Viewpoint: Success of first ever gene-edited soybean exposes folly of EU’s hostility to crop biotech

In the US, genome-edited crops have been grown and harvested for the first time – soybeans with a changed and ...
Transcendental Meditation: The strange religious practice behind America's anti-GMO movement

Transcendental Meditation: The strange religious practice behind America’s anti-GMO movement

Celebs from Katy Perry to Ivanka say Transcendental Meditation [TM] helps them focus. The movement’s chief promises more: quasi-magical powers ...
Edible cotton? USDA approves biotech seeds that can be spread like peanut butter

Edible cotton? USDA approves biotech seeds that can be spread like peanut butter

Americans may soon be eating cotton for the first time — not just wearing it — as a new edible ...
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Farmer to FDA: Get rid of misleading ‘non-GMO’ and other fad food labels

If you’ve made a grocery run at any point in the last few months, you may have noticed the proliferation ...
Breeding disease-resistant sugarcane now a possibility with unlocking of sugarcane genome

Breeding disease-resistant sugarcane now a possibility with unlocking of sugarcane genome

For centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world's most relied-upon source ...
Sustainability failure: Anti-GMO France's 10-year effort to slash pesticide use boosted spraying by 12%

Sustainability failure: Anti-GMO France’s 10-year effort to slash pesticide use boosted spraying by 12%

In 2008, the French government announced a dramatic shift in agricultural policy, calling for pesticide use to be slashed in ...
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Video: Filipino farmer shares insider tips for spreading GMO acceptance in developing world

To mark the occasion of World Food Day, farmers from around the world will convene in Iowa to share thoughts ...
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Biotech industry, anti-GMO activists face off over new NAFTA trade deal

The U.S., Canada and Mexico collectively addressed agricultural biotechnology like genetically modified organisms for the first time in the new ...
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Viewpoint: 7-year food fraud scheme exposes flawed oversight of organic farming

Three farmers in Nebraska just plead guilty to a food fraud scheme in which they were selling conventionally grown corn and soybeans ...
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Nigerian officials warn anti-GMO groups to end campaigns against biotech crops

National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has warned activists to stop campaigning against genetically modified crops, describing the act as being ...
'Low-emission' cows that produce less methane gas take center stage amid growing climate change fears

‘Low-emission’ cows that produce less methane gas take center stage amid growing climate change fears

From low-emission cows to robotic soil management, the farming industry will have to explore new approaches in the wake of ...
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Viewpoint: Europe has traded crop biotechnology for ‘faith-based’ agroecology

We are living in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming ...
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Viewpoint: USMCA North American trade deal sets precedent for sensible worldwide biotech crop regulations

In the crop science industry, China has a reputation for taking a long, long time to approve new genetically modified ...
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Natural GMOs? Some crops incorporate ‘foreign DNA’ all by themselves

People opposed to or afraid of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) complain that GMOs are unsafe and unnatural. What do those ...
Viewpoint: If organic farmers want to promote sustainable farming they should reconsider hostility toward CRISPR-gene editing

Viewpoint: If organic farmers want to promote sustainable farming they should reconsider hostility toward CRISPR-gene editing

A University of California, Berkeley professor stands at the front of the room, delivering her invited talk about the potential ...
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India to investigate Monsanto for allegedly inflating prices of GMO insecticide Bt cotton seeds

The Delhi High Court [October 12] dismissed biotechnology firm Mahyco Monsanto Biotech’s plea challenging the fair trade regulator’s order to ...
Viewpoint: Should we be concerned that three biotech companies may control 70 percent of agrochemical industry?

Viewpoint: Should we be concerned that three biotech companies may control 70 percent of agrochemical industry?

In the past two years alone, three major corporate mergers have begun to reshape what was an already concentrated international ...
New USDA research shows honey bee numbers stable—and probably growing

New USDA research shows honey bee numbers stable—and probably growing

In 2006, large and mysterious losses of honey bee colonies led entomologists to classify a set of diagnostic symptoms as ...
How to change the minds of GMO skeptics

How to change the minds of GMO skeptics

Critical thinking is something I’ve prided myself on and something I discuss frequently when giving public speeches. Unfortunately, this can sometimes ...
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World’s most popular banana faces extinction. Can gene editing save it?

Suring the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package ...
After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

After centuries of failed attempts at breeding a blue rose, biotechnology does the trick

For centuries, gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses with no success. But now, thanks to modern biotechnology, the elusive ...
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First ever gene-edited wheat that produces high fiber flour could hit the market by 2020

[The biotech firm Calyxt] has completed the inaugural harvest of its high-fiber wheat product, the world’s first gene-edited, consumer-focused wheat ...
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Viewpoint: If Nigeria wants sustainable agriculture, leaders must embrace biotech crops

World over and in various countries around the world there are laws to checkmate whatever one may think of. There ...
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Drought resistance gene could help corn, soy crops survive Argentina’s scorching temperatures

The fertile grasslands of Argentina produce food for hundreds of millions around the world, and they have the potential to ...
Viewpoint: Vodka is a known carcinogen. Who cares if Smirnoff makes it GMO-free?

Viewpoint: Vodka is a known carcinogen. Who cares if Smirnoff makes it GMO-free?

Is there any marketing scheme more dishonest than the promotion of an alcoholic beverage as non-GMO? Smirnoff, which claims to ...
Billionaires and Bacteria are Racing to Save Us From Death by Fertilizer

Billionaires and Bacteria are Racing to Save Us From Death by Fertilizer

It was January 15, 1881, and the U.S. envoy to Peru had to duck for cover .... Chile had invaded Peru ...