Book review: Jennifer Thompson's 'GM Crops and the Global Divide' offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

Book review: Jennifer Thompson’s ‘GM Crops and the Global Divide’ offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading “GM Crops and the Global Divide,” the new book by Jennifer Thomson, emeritus professor at ...
'Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive': Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

‘Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive’: Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

In the midst of the Farm to Fork (F2F) debate and the renegotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the ...
Genetically modified Bt cotton helped eradicate pink bollworm — and saved US farmers $200 million over five years. Now, scientists and farmers are deploying technology to target other pests

Genetically modified Bt cotton helped eradicate pink bollworm — and saved US farmers $200 million over five years. Now, scientists and farmers are deploying technology to target other pests

A recent study from the University of Arizona shows that farmers were able to eradicate [pink bollworm] with the help ...
Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

"I can't think of a better or more noble application of artificial intelligence than into the food supply chain," says ...
Methane emissions from burping cattle are major contributor to global warming. Here’s an innovative way to address that using a ‘cow cocktail’

Methane emissions from burping cattle are major contributor to global warming. Here’s an innovative way to address that using a ‘cow cocktail’

Branded Kowbucha, a nod to the popular fermented drink kombucha, it’s being tested by one of the world’s biggest dairy ...
Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Founded in 2018, BioMilk is an offshoot from over a decade of research by scientists at the Hebrew University of ...
Viewpoint: If the EU is serious about its Farm to Fork goals, it must address massive ‘yield gap’ between conventional and organic farming. Ag biotechnology is the solution

Viewpoint: If the EU is serious about its Farm to Fork goals, it must address massive ‘yield gap’ between conventional and organic farming. Ag biotechnology is the solution

The EU’s Green Deal has a “Farm to Fork” strategy designed to meet the global sustainable development goals and increase ...
Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

If crop and pasture yields continue to grow as projected, by 2050 agricultural land will need to increase by an ...
Hacking plants’ circadian clock: How watering and applying pesticides at the most effective time of day can boost yields

Hacking plants’ circadian clock: How watering and applying pesticides at the most effective time of day can boost yields

Like humans, plants have an ‘internal clock’ that monitors the rhythms of their environment. The authors of a study published ...
‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

Caviar is renowned as an exclusive luxury typically only enjoyed by champagne-swilling elites in five-star suites or on-board first-class flights ...
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Prevention first, pesticides second: Why regenerative agriculture does not mean chemical-free farming

The philosophies of regenerative agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and holistic agriculture are generating a great deal of interest these days. While ...
Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

What is gene editing and what does the process actually entail? According to [a UK Department of Food, Environment and ...
Viewpoint: As meat consumption reaches record highs, it’s clear that substituting plants for meat won’t help address climate concerns. Here’s what will

Viewpoint: As meat consumption reaches record highs, it’s clear that substituting plants for meat won’t help address climate concerns. Here’s what will

[G]lobal emissions from food production are expected to rise 60% by 2050, in large part because of increased livestock production ...
Convenience – not sustainability – is major driving factor behind US consumer food purchases, study finds

Convenience – not sustainability – is major driving factor behind US consumer food purchases, study finds

[An] American Food Journey report sheds light on a long-standing knowledge gap between producers and consumers around their expectations for food. It ...
Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

The European Union’s top court on [May 6] upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, ...
China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China will encourage technological innovation to boost domestic supplies of high-quality seeds, dubbed "agriculture microchips," officials said at a seed ...
Viewpoint — ‘We’re trying to mimic mother nature’: Why healthy soil is key to cutting back on pesticides and growing climate-resilient crops

Viewpoint — ‘We’re trying to mimic mother nature’: Why healthy soil is key to cutting back on pesticides and growing climate-resilient crops

[Les Seiler and his brother] have been practicing “no-till” farming [in Ohio] for 36 years and counting. That means they ...
Impossible Food's GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as 'safe' by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

Impossible Food’s GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as ‘safe’ by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

When the Center for Food Safety brought the approval of Impossible Foods' heme ingredient to the federal courts, its reasoning ...
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Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Because of GM technology, crop-protection tools, and more, farmers are growing more food and cotton on less land than ever ...
Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

A vegan diet contains very low amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol, high amounts of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, ...
Viewpoint: ‘It is high time Indian farming transforms into precision agriculture by using modern tools of biotechnology'

Viewpoint: ‘It is high time Indian farming transforms into precision agriculture by using modern tools of biotechnology’

The potential of genetic engineering is immense, with gene editing opening up the possibility of cures to hereditary diseases. Similarly, ...
'It's simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale': Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

‘It’s simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale’: Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

The food company General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced in 2018 that it would convert [Gunsmoke Farms, located northwest of Pierre, ...
A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

People needed to find new ways to grow plants — and soon.  The scientist’s urgency came not only from what ...
‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in terms of meat consumption, according to ...
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Over 2,000 Nigerian farmers ready to grow GM cowpea this year

More than 2,000 Nigerian farmers are planning to plant Bt cowpea, the country’s first genetically modified food crop, in July ...
In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

An international research team, including scientists from Wageningen University & Research [WUR] in the Netherlands, says that unless the EU ...
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