Gene editing poised to spark innovation in herbicide- and disease-resistant sugar cane

Gene editing poised to spark innovation in herbicide- and disease-resistant sugar cane

Sugarcane is one of the most productive plants on Earth, providing 80 percent of the sugar and 30 percent of ...
Come January, expect consumer confusion as US mandated bioengineered stamp competes with Non GMO Project label

Come January, expect consumer confusion as US mandated bioengineered stamp competes with Non GMO Project label

Under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard act, it will become mandatory for food and beverage companies starting Jan. 1 ...
Viewpoint: ‘Greens’ around the world declare themselves ‘pro-science’. But on health and sustainability issues, from vaccines to energy to farming, they are anything but

Viewpoint: ‘Greens’ around the world declare themselves ‘pro-science’. But on health and sustainability issues, from vaccines to energy to farming, they are anything but

The Greens present themselves as the party of science. In reality, the party traditionally stands for an anti-science course, despite ...
Does the public have an appetite for lab-cultivated meat?

Does the public have an appetite for lab-cultivated meat?

Laboratory grown muscle cells from various animals are quickly becoming a commercial reality; they are already real food, at least ...
‘All positives’: 17 years after GM corn introduction, the Philippines shows sharp increase in output and household incomes — with the poor benefiting the most

‘All positives’: 17 years after GM corn introduction, the Philippines shows sharp increase in output and household incomes — with the poor benefiting the most

Genetically modified yellow corn has increasingly been used in the Philippines since 2002. In just a period of 17 years, ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology activists harshly criticize Gates Foundation funding of African agricultural initiatives

Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology activists harshly criticize Gates Foundation funding of African agricultural initiatives

Africans have long been told that our agriculture is backward and should be abandoned for a 21st-century version of the ...
Bird flu is a major threat to chicken farming and human health. A gene-editing solution developed by African scientists is in the works

Bird flu is a major threat to chicken farming and human health. A gene-editing solution developed by African scientists is in the works

Dr. [Alewo Idoko-Akoh], a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, is working on a project that uses genome editing ...
Turning waste into energy: Could biotechnology tackle a major tradeoff problem of modern agriculture?

Turning waste into energy: Could biotechnology tackle a major tradeoff problem of modern agriculture?

For decades now, bioenergy has been posited as a renewable and clean source of energy. Biomass, particularly from forestry, is ...
President Biden’s antitrust initiative could shake up the agriculture industry. Here’s how

President Biden’s antitrust initiative could shake up the agriculture industry. Here’s how

President Joe Biden released a sweeping executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” aimed at taking on massive ...
USDA proposes that gene modifications that mimic conventional breeding should not be regulated

USDA proposes that gene modifications that mimic conventional breeding should not be regulated

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback on a proposal to ...
‘Digital agriculture has the power to be truly disruptive’: How AI and robotics are helping Japan overcome land challenges and dramatically increase farm yields

‘Digital agriculture has the power to be truly disruptive’: How AI and robotics are helping Japan overcome land challenges and dramatically increase farm yields

Japan has one of the lowest food self-sufficiency rates out of all the major world economies. Caloric intake was 79% ...
Fact check: No, product codes do not identify genetically modified produce

Fact check: No, product codes do not identify genetically modified produce

"Want to know where your food and/or products come from?" asks a June 22, 2021 Instagram post.  Identical posts, claiming ...
Viewpoint: ‘Europe has abandoned science-based assessments’ — Kenya and the rest of Africa face economic devastation, mass starvation if they adopt proposal to ban all products banned in the EU

Viewpoint: ‘Europe has abandoned science-based assessments’ — Kenya and the rest of Africa face economic devastation, mass starvation if they adopt proposal to ban all products banned in the EU

It is hard to remember any decision that posed harm to Kenya as much as the recommendation before Parliament that ...
Animal GMO and gene-editing regulations are outdated, hindering innovation. Here’s what experts say needs to change

Animal GMO and gene-editing regulations are outdated, hindering innovation. Here’s what experts say needs to change

In order for gene editing in agricultural animals to “unleash enormous gains in productivity,” a remodeling of the federal landscape ...
Pork is central to China’s culture and cuisine. It’s also under dire threat from swine fever. Here’s how lab-grown meat could rescue this iconic food

Pork is central to China’s culture and cuisine. It’s also under dire threat from swine fever. Here’s how lab-grown meat could rescue this iconic food

Pork is big business in China, the only country in the world to have its own dedicated pork reserve. The ...
As UK veers from EU anti-biotech regulations and opens doors to gene editing, landmark study on broccoli and other brassicas highlights innovation

As UK veers from EU anti-biotech regulations and opens doors to gene editing, landmark study on broccoli and other brassicas highlights innovation

Field trials investigating healthy compounds in agronomically important brassica crops have underlined the "immense potential" of gene editing technology, say ...
Viewpoint: Outcomes over ideology — Why biotechnology innovations like pesticides and GM crops are essential tools in advancing regenerative agriculture

Viewpoint: Outcomes over ideology — Why biotechnology innovations like pesticides and GM crops are essential tools in advancing regenerative agriculture

We hear a lot about regenerative agriculture these days, but everyone has their own definition of what this term means ...
Viewpoint: ‘Well intentioned’ Sri Lankan plan to embrace organic farming tainted by lack of science, damaging its economy, health, and food security

Viewpoint: ‘Well intentioned’ Sri Lankan plan to embrace organic farming tainted by lack of science, damaging its economy, health, and food security

In Sri Lanka, world renowned for its tea production, an initiative to go all-organic — the textbook definition of a ...
With droughts escalating, and no current tools of use, scientists and farmers look to CRISPR gene editing

With droughts escalating, and no current tools of use, scientists and farmers look to CRISPR gene editing

Scientists fear that we're entering a megadrought that could last decades.  As agriculture consumes 80 percent of available water nationwide ...
Glow-in-the-dark potatoes? In quest to develop healthier spuds, Israeli scientists genetically engineer plants that signal when stressed

Glow-in-the-dark potatoes? In quest to develop healthier spuds, Israeli scientists genetically engineer plants that signal when stressed

Plant stress can be caused by drought, extreme temperature and high levels of light. (Not that dissimilar to humans who ...
Video: Good intentions aren't enough — Attempts to protect wild bees has gone awry and an influx of imported honeybees are doing more harm than good to native populations

Video: Good intentions aren’t enough — Attempts to protect wild bees has gone awry and an influx of imported honeybees are doing more harm than good to native populations

Ron Miksha, a bee ecologist and former commercial beekeeper, is doing research at the University of Calgary about competition between ...
Nigeria moves forward with nitrogen-efficient GMO rice

Nigeria moves forward with nitrogen-efficient GMO rice

Still basking in the euphoria of commercializing sub-Saharan Africa’s first genetically modified (GM) food crop — insect-resistant cowpea —Nigeria has ...
Viewpoint: Harvard fellow on why crop engineering is crucial to addressing food security and growing sustainability challenges

Viewpoint: Harvard fellow on why crop engineering is crucial to addressing food security and growing sustainability challenges

We routinely assume that “natural” is better than “unnatural” when it comes to food. But it is more complex than ...
Viewpoint: ‘Glyphosate is socially dead’ — While every major government regulator in the world finds the herbicide safe, politicians have caved to activists, and farmers are the victims

Viewpoint: ‘Glyphosate is socially dead’ — While every major government regulator in the world finds the herbicide safe, politicians have caved to activists, and farmers are the victims

The specialist authorities from France, Sweden, Hungary and the Netherlands have come to a clear conclusion when it comes to ...
African scientists have created a CRISPR-edited banana that's resistant to a disease ravaging farms across the continent

African scientists have created a CRISPR-edited banana that’s resistant to a disease ravaging farms across the continent

Banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) is a bacterial disease that spreads easily and kills any banana plant it infects — farmers' ...
Frustrated by flavorless fruits and vegetables? Genetic engineering is poised to change that

Frustrated by flavorless fruits and vegetables? Genetic engineering is poised to change that

You might be surprised that flavour ever went out of fashion. But finding truly tasty fruit and vegetable varieties can ...
Fear of climate change moving UK closer to breaking with EU and embracing gene-edited crops

Fear of climate change moving UK closer to breaking with EU and embracing gene-edited crops

GMOs account for the vast majority of U.S. soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beet crops—but those same crops are ...
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