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Plant ‘probiotics’: Feeding crops good bacteria may prevent pest damage without chemicals

Scientists have developed plant ‘probiotics’ that help fight disease without the use of expensive pesticides. UK researchers say beneficial bacteria ...
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India battles locust infestation that could destroy enough food to feed 35,000 people—every day

Massive swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, spearing into Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab ...
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France reinstates ban on US cherry imports over pesticide safety fears

On April 8, 2020 France published its fifth emergency decree banning fresh cherry imports from countries where the use of ...
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Gene editing among top ’emerging innovations’ needed to reach sustainable food system, 50 experts say

An international team of almost 50 experts identified 75 emerging innovations and 8 action points that can help speed up ...
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Australia, New Zealand could approve two GMO potatoes after finding ‘no potential public health concerns’

Food Standards Australia New Zealand .... released a call for public comment on an application to approve food from two ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, poor weather cut EU canola harvest area to 13-year low, USDA finds

Rapeseed production in the European Union (EU27 + UK) for 2020/21 is forecast at 17.0 million metric tons (mmt), 0.2 ...
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Gene editing could help protect billions of ash trees from deadly Emerald Ash Borer

Billions of ash trees could be rescued from a killer beetle through cross-breeding with more resistant varieties and gene editing, ...
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With glyphosate-cancer settlement nearing, is the Roundup controversy coming to an end?

Bayer AG is close to a turning point in its legal battle over the weedkiller Roundup. But it still has ...
EU GMO approval process hinders biotech crop development with no scientific justification, researchers argue

EU GMO approval process hinders biotech crop development with no scientific justification, researchers argue

The approach to equivalence testing required by the [European Food Safety Authority, EFSA] creates unwarranted barriers to the introduction of ...
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Viewpoint: To feed the world with minimal environmental impact, we can’t rely on organic farming

If the goal in farming is feeding an increasing population with least impact, conventional agriculture is the approach most likely ...
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Bayer reaches verbal settlement in up to 85,000 glyphosate-cancer suits for estimated $10 billion

Bayer AG has reached verbal agreements to resolve a substantial portion of an estimated 125,000 U.S. cancer lawsuits over use ...
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Biotech potatoes: A case study of how genetic engineering can improve our food supply

To help demonstrate the power of biotechnology, consider the following analogy: Imagine you have two decks of cards, one red ...
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Misconceptions about GMOs in Ghana due to weak education, study reveals

Knowledge about genetically modified (GM) food and biotechnology is low among the Ghanaian public due to low levels of education ...
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Humans may have driven weeds to evolve to resemble crop plants—And they even became edible

Nikolai Vavilov’s story has stuck with Longjiang Fan ever since he learned about the Soviet plant biologist during his undergraduate ...
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Cross-party proposal aims ‘to liberate’ UK biotech sector from EU agricultural gene-editing rules

A cross-party group of MPs and Lords have called for .... ditching EU rules which block the access to precision ...
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EU ‘farm-to-fork’ proposal opens door to gene editing, drawing fire from anti-GMO groups

The European Commission has set targets to reduce pesticide use and sales of antimicrobials by 2030. The Farm to Fork ...
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Impossible Foods says plant-based meat can ‘disrupt’ animal agriculture without displacing farmers

The plant-based meat industry will need the millions of workers now employed in animal agriculture, the founder of Impossible Foods ...
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Federal judge tosses lawsuit alleging Cheerios contain undisclosed glyphosate weedkiller

A would-be class suit alleging General Mills Inc. failed to disclose the presence of glyphosate residue in Cheerios can’t proceed ...
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Infographic: Philippines could boost crop yields 192%, cut pesticide use 48% with GMO insect-resistant eggplant

In the Philippines, eggplant farming is a major source of income for thousands of farmers in the eggplant-producing regions in ...
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African nations warm to crop biotechnology for potential food security gains

Though only a few African countries are now growing genetically modified (GM) crops commercially, governments across the continent are increasingly ...
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Regenerative agriculture boosts soil health but unlikely to slow climate change, report shows

Agriculture needs to close an 11-gigaton greenhouse gas (GHG) gap between expected emissions in 2050 and those needed to hold ...
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Viewpoint: Greenpeace lobbies to ban fungicides that kill cancer-causing mycotoxins

A vast network of organizations, including known players such as Greenpeace, are throwing a myriad of unscientific publications at the ...
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Could CRISPR turn nutritious but unpopular vegetables into flavorful snacks?

You probably know that kale is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients and that you should be eating more of ...
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Bees pollinate 1/3 of our food? Entomologist debunks 6 pervasive pollinator myths

.... [B]ees are ever-increasing in popularity across many sectors including conservation, gardening, fashion, marketing, and public/corporate strategies .... And as ...
GMO herbicide-tolerant canola poses little risk to human health, EU Food Safety Authority finds

GMO herbicide-tolerant canola poses little risk to human health, EU Food Safety Authority finds

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the ...
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Plants obtained from conventional breeding can’t be patented, European patent court rules

The highest judicial authority at the [European Patent Office] EPO issued their opinion .... in the controversial G3/19 (Pepper) case ...
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USDA’s relaxed biotech crop rules could speed plant development, but are regulations still too strict?

A major change to U.S. regulation of biotech will exempt some gene-edited plants from government oversight. The new policy ...
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Facing record-breaking temperatures, Belgium field tests drought-tolerant corn varieties

The effects of global warming are becoming evident even in Belgium. 2018 was exceptionally warm and dry and the summer ...