Chemicals can no longer easily defeat weeds and insects. These genetic solutions might help farmers control voracious pests

Chemicals can no longer easily defeat weeds and insects. These genetic solutions might help farmers control voracious pests

’Resistance is leading to this problem where the control measures that we have relied on for decades are no longer ...
Brazil approves environmentally ‘Friendly’ GM tool for controlling fall armyworm

Brazil approves environmentally ‘Friendly’ GM tool for controlling fall armyworm

Brazilian farmers are a step closer to using an environmentally friendly tool to control a destructive agricultural pest with the ...
Viewpoint: GMO misinformation—How ‘pseudoscience and romanticization of premodern agriculture’ undermine food sustainability

Viewpoint: GMO misinformation—How ‘pseudoscience and romanticization of premodern agriculture’ undermine food sustainability

There are legitimate grievances to be made about modern industrial agriculture, but the use of modern biotechnology for the development ...
DNA of lettuce: How humans bred a weed into a favorite leafy vegetable over 6,000 years

DNA of lettuce: How humans bred a weed into a favorite leafy vegetable over 6,000 years

Try to imagine a collection of 2500 different types of lettuce: approximately 1500 varieties that were ever grown by farmers ...
US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology

Biotechnology could potentially account for about 20 percent of the global economy by 2040, with agricultural and manufacturing uses the ...
Bangladesh developing new generation of genetically engineered disease-resistant Bt eggplant to fight plant diseases, dramatically cutting insecticide use

Bangladesh developing new generation of genetically engineered disease-resistant Bt eggplant to fight plant diseases, dramatically cutting insecticide use

Starting with only 20 farmers in 2014, the technology of Bt brinjal – a crop developed to drastically lower hazardous ...
Scientific conundrum solved? Dairy-free cheese that mimics the real thing in development

Scientific conundrum solved? Dairy-free cheese that mimics the real thing in development

“Coming at it from a scientific perspective, you can't help but realise that there's no magic in cows or in ...
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Claiming pollinator declines are linked to pesticides, Walmart announces new policy encouraging produce suppliers to stop using chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids on crops

Pollinators include butterflies and moths, birds, bats, beetles and many more, and without them some of our favorite foods wouldn’t ...
Market for CRISPR-edited crops will be limited by hazy global regulatory environment and societal ambivalence

Market for CRISPR-edited crops will be limited by hazy global regulatory environment and societal ambivalence

New breeding techniques pioneered by genome editing have gained substantial traction within the last decade, revolutionizing the plant breeding field ...
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Viewpoint: Why is National Geographic embracing simplistic activist narratives on nuanced pesticide controversies?

For more than a century, National Geographic has produced a high-quality magazine that is well-grounded in science, history and culture ...
Video: 7 years of agricultural productivity has been lost to climate change. Global warming is already slowing us down

Video: 7 years of agricultural productivity has been lost to climate change. Global warming is already slowing us down

The future potential impacts of climate change on global crop production has been quantified in many scientific reports, but the ...
Overwhelming majority of Europeans support compulsory labeling of GM-derived food, claims study commissioned by EU Green group

Overwhelming majority of Europeans support compulsory labeling of GM-derived food, claims study commissioned by EU Green group

[A] report, commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and carried out by the polling organisation Ipsos, surveyed ...
What will it take for consumers to embrace lab-grown meat?

What will it take for consumers to embrace lab-grown meat?

Always a wealth of information when it comes to this subject, [Eat Just CEO Josh] Tetrick explains what exactly it ...
Video: Vaccines are rescuing the world from COVID. Could they also protect food crops from deadly plant diseases and pandemics?

Video: Vaccines are rescuing the world from COVID. Could they also protect food crops from deadly plant diseases and pandemics?

Preventing plant-disease outbreaks is an urgent matter — as urgent as having a rapid response strategy for human viruses. The ...
Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Oregon State University’s Steve Strauss led an international collaboration that showed [a] CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technique could be used ...
Do pesticide residues on crops pose a hazard? Latest EU Food Safety Authority report says no

Do pesticide residues on crops pose a hazard? Latest EU Food Safety Authority report says no

The latest report on pesticide residues in food in the European Union is now available, giving a snapshot of residue ...
Genetics and a second Green Revolution: Gene editing essential to address increasing crop losses as warming temperatures cause a surge in insect populations

Genetics and a second Green Revolution: Gene editing essential to address increasing crop losses as warming temperatures cause a surge in insect populations

For millennia, insects and the plants they feed on have been engaged in a co-evolutionary battle: to eat or not ...
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China develops GM corn variety to combat yield-cutting fall armyworm

China develops GM corn variety to combat yield-cutting fall armyworm

Food security is a major policy issue in China. To strengthen the nation's seed industry, the country has approved a ...
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Facing EPA skepticism and a slew of suits targeting Xtend cropping system, Corteva ends development of their dicamba-choline weedkiller

[Corteva Agriscience] opted to end the EPA registration process underway for a novel dicamba herbicide containing a dicamba choline salt ...
Advocacy groups and biotechnology opponents urge FDA to strictly regulate genetically engineered animals

Advocacy groups and biotechnology opponents urge FDA to strictly regulate genetically engineered animals

In January, the Trump administration proposed that the FDA, USDA and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department sign a ...
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Viewpoint: Spend $83,000 on organic food to prevent cancer? Here’s why you should save your money

The alternative health advocates at Natural News recommend you spend an additional $83,000 on organic food to avoid cancer and ...
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Biodegradable plastic from plants: How GE camelina could advance industrial sustainability

Skeptics beware, the proposition around growing a genuinely natural biodegradable plastic may be tied to a technology whose time has ...
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‘Let the government arrest us’: India’s farmers will plant more illegal glyphosate-tolerant cotton to protest GM crop restrictions

It is illegal to grow [herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt)] cotton in India since the Government has not cleared it for commercial ...
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Five reasons to be optimistic about the future of genome editing

Though the past year delivered social, economic, health and personal difficulties that challenged people across the globe, science strutted its ...
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New piece of the climate change puzzle: Gene identified that could help plants cope with hotter temperatures

Warmer temperatures signal to plants that summer is coming. Anticipating less water, they flower early then lack the energy to ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we have to harness gene editing to promote global food security

There is an urgent need to develop crop varieties which tolerate adverse growth conditions while requiring fewer inputs. Plant breeding ...
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