Viewpoint: Organic, non-GMO marketing claims drive poor people away from healthier food choices

Viewpoint: Organic, non-GMO marketing claims drive poor people away from healthier food choices

Many food organizations, celebrity chefs, food bloggers, and talk show hosts like to push the idea that eating right means ...
Streamlining animal biotech rules unlikely as FDA rejects USDA proposal to take over regulation, citing ‘potential health repercussions’

Streamlining animal biotech rules unlikely as FDA rejects USDA proposal to take over regulation, citing ‘potential health repercussions’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn has told the Health and Human Services Department that he would refuse to ...
Saltwater algae genes could help engineer plants that survive in regions with high water salinity

Saltwater algae genes could help engineer plants that survive in regions with high water salinity

Researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in partnership with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have uncovered ...
CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court ...
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Africa biotech setback: Tanzania suspends GM crop research, ending trials of insect-resistant corn and virus-resistant cassava

Agriculture minister Prof Adolf Mkenda made the announcement on [January 12] at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Mikocheni centre ...
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GM, insect-resistant Bt rice unlikely to pose a health risk, study shows

Rice is considered one of the most important staple food crops. Genetically modified (GM) Bt rice [harboring the] cry1Ab gene ...
Gene editing offers potential solution to orange growers struggling against citrus greening disease

Gene editing offers potential solution to orange growers struggling against citrus greening disease

Brazil is the world's largest orange producer, the state of São Paulo is a world leader in the production and ...
CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

Plants synthesize fatty acids in their leaves by using light. Prof. [Jay] Thelen and his team used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas-9 to ...
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Viewpoint: UK decision to rescind neonics pesticide restrictions a welcome win for science

Activists like George Monbiot and Dave Goulson are parroting their environmental allies when it comes to neonics, but the science ...
Could heart-healthy soybean oil pave the way for more gene-edited, biofortified foods?

Could heart-healthy soybean oil pave the way for more gene-edited, biofortified foods?

Transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) have been successfully used to develop premium quality high-oleic soybean oil from gene-edited soybean plants. The ...
Bamboo: Invasive nuisance, or untapped climate change solution for farmers?

Bamboo: Invasive nuisance, or untapped climate change solution for farmers?

Bamboo has a reputation problem in North America, registering in the collective imagination somewhere between tiki torches and a pain-in-the-ass ...
GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

Scientists have discovered how to genetically modify the camelina plant to produce pheromone precursors that can control agricultural insect pests ...
Podcast: Debunking ‘dangerous’ anti-GMO misinformation that harms developing countries

Podcast: Debunking ‘dangerous’ anti-GMO misinformation that harms developing countries

Crops and foods improved through biotechnology, popularly known as “GMOs” (for “genetically modified organisms”) remain at the center of a ...
Viewpoint: Europe’s double standard—politicians celebrate genetically engineered COVID vaccines, but prohibit use of GM crops

Viewpoint: Europe’s double standard—politicians celebrate genetically engineered COVID vaccines, but prohibit use of GM crops

“These are fantastic results,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson enthused, as politicians across Europe queued up to praise [COVID vaccine] ...
GM chickpea could halt drought-fueled yield declines

GM chickpea could halt drought-fueled yield declines

In the long run, [a new line of drought-tolerant] transgenic chickpea can contribute to the decrease of annual chickpea yield ...
Taco Bell begins offering plant-based meat at UK, EU locations to win back vegan and vegetarian customers

Taco Bell begins offering plant-based meat at UK, EU locations to win back vegan and vegetarian customers

Starting January 7th, Taco Bell locations throughout the UK [began offering] plant-based meat from the brand Gold & Green ...
Many shoppers prefer organic food—unless GM products are cheaper, Canadian survey finds

Many shoppers prefer organic food—unless GM products are cheaper, Canadian survey finds

Agricultural biotechnology produced genetically modified (GM) crops, not only provide economic benefits to farmers, but are beneficial to the environmental, ...
Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a ...
Microalgae could help remove nitrates, phosphates and herbicides from polluted waterways

Microalgae could help remove nitrates, phosphates and herbicides from polluted waterways

In recent years, the eutrophication that the [Spanish lagoon] Mar Menor has undergone, a process derived from the overload of ...
China approves two GM crop varieties in bid to support biotechnology and boost food security

China approves two GM crop varieties in bid to support biotechnology and boost food security

China last year approved three domestically designed GMO crops as safe, the first in a decade, in a fresh push ...
CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

[Most consumers] are blissfully unaware that the egg industry also slaughters billions of animals every year, but not to put ...
USDA green lights high-yield, herbicide-resistant GM corn variety, finding it unlikely to pose a plant pest risk

USDA green lights high-yield, herbicide-resistant GM corn variety, finding it unlikely to pose a plant pest risk

The Notice in the Federal Register states that APHIS is advising the public that the genetically engineered corn variety DP202216 is no ...
With sugar beet production dropping, UK approves emergency neonicotinoids pesticide use to combat beet yellows virus

With sugar beet production dropping, UK approves emergency neonicotinoids pesticide use to combat beet yellows virus

In 2018 the [UK] government supported new rules which prohibit the outdoor use of 3 neonicotinoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and ...
Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

The athletic-wear company [Adidas] announced on [December 28] that it's working on a new material, a plant-based leather that will ...
‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

In the United States, we live in an affluent culture whose standard of living is high compared to other nations ...
Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

A commonly suggested solution to reduce greenhouse gas output has been to reduce or eliminate [the dairy] industry in favor ...
Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

The Mexican government’s nonstop attacks on genetically modified (GM) crops — resulting most recently in a ban on GM maize ...
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UK launches consultation that could roll back restrictive CRISPR crop rules, unlock ‘substantial benefits’

In one of its first post-Brexit moves, England has launched a consultation on gene editing in a bid to unlock ...
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