GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

A South African scientist says it’s about time African governments prioritized the interests of farmers and allow them to use ...
In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

Farmers’ union Shetkari Sanghatana has announced that it will provide farmers seeds of the unapproved herbicide tolerant (Ht) Bt cotton ...
‘There’s so much misinformation swirling around the internet’: Are pesticides really safe and necessary?

‘There’s so much misinformation swirling around the internet’: Are pesticides really safe and necessary?

Here are 5 things you may not know about pesticides — from their long backstory to their development and testing ...
1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

If you had three options in front of you: farm-raised beef, lab-grown meat and Impossible Foods protein — what would ...
Climate adaptive, drought resistant GMO wheat is nearing introduction in Brazil. Might Canada be next?

Climate adaptive, drought resistant GMO wheat is nearing introduction in Brazil. Might Canada be next?

Bioceres, an Argentine biotech company, has released a genetically modified wheat variety that is both drought-tolerant and resistant to glufosinate-ammonium ...
Viewpoint: Can regenerative agriculture save the beleaguered coffee industry from climate change devastation?

Viewpoint: Can regenerative agriculture save the beleaguered coffee industry from climate change devastation?

[A]fter generations of cultivating coffee as a crop, irresponsible farming practices such as poor water management and dependency on harmful ...
Video: Here’s how synthetic flies could become a major tool in the quest to control insect-borne diseases

Video: Here’s how synthetic flies could become a major tool in the quest to control insect-borne diseases

CRISPR-based technologies offer enormous potential to benefit human health and safety, from disease eradication to fortified food supplies. As one ...
Gene editing can prevent eucalyptus from becoming invasive

Gene editing can prevent eucalyptus from becoming invasive

Gene editing can prevent eucalyptus — a tree highly valued in Kenya and elsewhere for its hardy timber, wood fuel ...
Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Lots of people get ideas, but when you’re a Stanford biophysics Ph.D. candidate who has already sent a lander to ...
Long wary of consumer backlash against GMO crops, China is quickly, but quietly, embracing agricultural biotechnology to meet rising food demands and decrease foreign influence

Long wary of consumer backlash against GMO crops, China is quickly, but quietly, embracing agricultural biotechnology to meet rising food demands and decrease foreign influence

China has long developed higher-yielding varieties of rice and corn through crossbreeding. Nowadays, genetically modified organisms have become increasingly prevalent ...
USDA moves ahead with ‘sweeping reforms’ to biotech animal regulations

USDA moves ahead with ‘sweeping reforms’ to biotech animal regulations

USDA is moving ahead with making sweeping reforms to how biotech animals are regulated, according to the first regulatory agenda ...
Viewpoint: Thinking about carbon as a crop

Viewpoint: Thinking about carbon as a crop

“The idea behind carbon farming is pretty simple — remove excess carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ...
Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

In products as common as wine, beer, cotton, flowers and others from the food sector such as soybeans and corn, ...
Zambia’s biosafety authority set to destroy 2,000 tons of GMO seeds in accordance with country’s ban

Zambia’s biosafety authority set to destroy 2,000 tons of GMO seeds in accordance with country’s ban

The [Zambian] National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has seized over 2,000 tonnes of genetically modified (GMO) maize seed. Communications officer Sandra ...
Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Most of the issues raised in available literature against GMOs on the grounds of health and environmental risks, and national ...
Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and ...
Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Durham, North Carolina-based women-founded startup Biomilq has successfully farmed human breast milk outside the body, the company has announced [June ...
Viewpoint: ‘Smart pesticide use’ — Here’s a way we can protect crops while preserving beneficial insects

Viewpoint: ‘Smart pesticide use’ — Here’s a way we can protect crops while preserving beneficial insects

Currently, products are developed and marketed to kill pest insects immediately. This has become the goal of crop treatments, and ...
Farmers warn Mexico’s GM corn ban will raise food prices

Farmers warn Mexico’s GM corn ban will raise food prices

Mexico’s farmer associations are teaming up and pushing back through legal battles in opposition to a presidential decree to ban ...
Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

A very bad regulation is coming.  Here's the short of it. In 2016 Congress passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure ...
CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
'They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world': In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

‘They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

A recent back and forth has stirred up controversy over at Foregin Policy. Are “Big Ag” and intensive farming destroying ...
Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here's a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here’s a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Reliable figures on the carbon footprints of different aquaculture species are hard to find – not least due to the ...
Viewpoint: New York’s ‘Birds and Bees Protection Act' targeting neonicotinoid pesticides doesn’t protect either and would hurt farmers

Viewpoint: New York’s ‘Birds and Bees Protection Act’ targeting neonicotinoid pesticides doesn’t protect either and would hurt farmers

[Recently,] the New York legislature began advancing the Birds and Bees Protection Act. If it passes both chambers and is ...
Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Voters in Switzerland on [June 12] overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have banned the use of artificial pesticides in ...
Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Despite the simplicity, beer brewing generates substantial amounts of by-products, including large amounts of spent grain, which are difficult and ...
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