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Carnivorous waterwheel plant ten times faster than Venus flytrap

Scientists have characterised the movement of the Venus flytrap's aquatic cousin in detail for the first time. The carnivorous Aldrovanda vesiculosa, ...
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Can organic farms produce similar yields to conventional agriculture?

In February [2018], scientists from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and other institutes published an article [link (behind paywall)] ...
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Early feedback on USDA’s GMO labeling proposal reveals ‘significant disagreement’

If the first wave of comments to its proposed rule on GMO labeling is anything to go by, USDA’s agricultural ...
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European Seeds Association: Foods made with new breeding techniques shouldn’t be labeled

Labelling products that result from the so-called new plant breeding techniques would provide little new information and would therefore make ...
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Viewpoint: What California’s coffee-cancer label teaches us about IARC and glyphosate

For coffee drinkers in California, health warnings on their morning fix will soon be commonplace. [In May], a legal battle involving Starbucks ...
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How regulators ensure that pesticide residues on food don’t hurt us

Due to my relationship with the world of food, I constantly hear inaccurate comments about GMOs and agricultural pesticides.  While ...
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What the ‘Big Six’ agricultural biotech companies think about the GMO debate

Smack at the center of the debate over genetically modified organisms and their role in developing countries are large corporations. Bayer, BASF, Dow ...
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UN food group: Sustainable bioeconomy can help tackle hunger, poverty and climate change

If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such ...
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Which foods does the USDA’s proposed ‘bioengineered’ label cover?

The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed new guidelines for labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Food makers will ...
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Indian government committee says more field trials needed before GMO mustard commercialization

A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed ...
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Organic vs ‘biodynamic’ farming: What’s the difference?

These days biodynamic agriculture is often assumed to be a standard of excellence in agriculture or viticulture, although it widely ...
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Disease-resistant GMO tomatoes, strawberries and citrus in the pipeline

As increasing numbers of genetically engineered crops become available for commercial markets, scientists are industriously working to develop the next ...
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Viewpoint: Why does US still use neonicotinoid insecticides when they’re banned in Europe?

In late April, the European Union banned a blockbuster trio of neonicotinoid insecticides, marketed by chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer. The decision, motivated by mounting ...
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Video: Blight-resistant GMO potato could help Ugandan farmers increase yields, reduce pesticide use

A GMO potato offers hope to Uganda farmers who are struggling with the devastating late blight disease. But politics have ...
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Argentine scientists develop non-browning potatoes using CRISPR gene editing

Researchers of the INTA [Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria] Balcarce [in Argentina] edited the genome that causes enzymatic browning in ...
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UK science advisor: Neonicotinoid debate highlights need to reform cycle of pesticide approvals and bans

New pesticides are typically licensed for use based on the guidance written on the label of the container. This guidance ...
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Funny or Die website: ‘All-Natural, Non-GMO 100% Gluten-Free Internet Video!’

If you've walked through the grocery store you've probably seen the marketing spin of food labels. “Non-GMO,” “gluten free,” “natural,” ...
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Once-promising field of advanced biofuels is in ‘shambles’—can it be revived?

[Jay Keasling, a synthetic biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and chief executive of the Joint BioEnergy Institute] did ...
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Italian politician calls on EU to embrace new plant breeding techniques to cut farming’s environmental impact

The new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) are a major opportunity to move toward sustainable agriculture and simultaneously ensure food quality ...
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How GMO crops can benefit Nigerian farmers

The application of modern Biotechnology in an integrated multi-disciplinary approach can be a valuable ‘tool’ for addressing the several challenges ...
CRISPR chocolate? Gene editing boosts cacao trees' disease resistance

CRISPR chocolate? Gene editing boosts cacao trees’ disease resistance

Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced ...
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USDA wants your opinion on its GMO labeling proposal

There's nothing inherently unsafe about genetically engineering crops or agricultural animals. ... But the public has been consistently uneasy about ...
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CRISPR’s swiftest and most promising application might be food

When people mention CRISPR, they’re usually breathless over its potential to cure diseases like sickle cell anemia and muscular dystrophy ...
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Viewpoint: Brazilian anti-GMO activists should stop supporting fear-mongering label

What is the difference between these two signs? Both show a black T inside a yellow warning shape. But in ...
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GMO bans leave Europe, Africa vulnerable to fall army worm invasion

A crop-destroying caterpillar that has devastated agriculture in Africa is poised to spread into southern Europe for the first time and ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t let anti-GMO activist moms bully you into buying organic

I could certainly afford to pay up to 50 per cent more for organic food for my children to eat, ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s friendly ‘bioengineered’ food label could help undo anti-GMO activists’ stigmatization

Though anti-GMO activists have long pushed labeling as a way to stigmatize genetically modified foods, America’s draft proposal for labeling ...
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Video: Can CRISPR gene editing help solve world’s food and farming challenges?

A research team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is developing higher-yielding tomato plants with a gene-editing tool called Crispr-Cas9. Are ...