Biosecurity concerns for new animal disease research lab

For over 50 years the United States has carried out research on dangerous animal diseases at Plum Island, just off ...

Company wants to use GM insects to protect crops

Whether you like them or not, genetically modified ingredients are hard to avoid in the food supply--they’re found in most ...

Mapped pig genome may aid medical research, food production

Scientists have mapped the genome of the domestic pig in a project that could enhance the animal's use for meat ...

Book: How synthetic biology will reinvent nature and ourselves

In the future, genetically modified organisms could be making our medicines, our fuel, our housewares, our houses — and they ...

GM seeds spur protest in Costa Rica

Close to one hundred people gathered in front of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia (MAG) in San Jose on ...

GM labeling fight goes to Washington State

The next stop for the GMO labeling movement is Washington State, where I-522 (also known as "The People’s Right To ...

Scientists breed disease-resistant fish, sans genetic engineering

The Japanese are great guzzlers of fish, but fish are in finite supply. And farming them to increase that supply ...

Coconut crisis forces a rethink on gene banks as conservation tools

The international collection of the South Pacific's coconut palm species, held at a field gene bank in Papua New Guinea, ...

Wild coffee faces extinction, leaves cultivated crops genetically vulnerable

Wild species of Arabica could be extinct in the wild by 2080 thanks to climate change, a new study says ...

Australia grapples with GM wheat

Last month, a group of Australian scientists published a warning to the citizens of the country and of the world ...

Food movement loses battles but will win war

While support for GE food labels has never been stronger, the incessant drumbeat of misleading and outright false industry advertising ...

What’s in store for food reform in Obama’s second term?

When Obama was first elected, food reformers dreamt big. As Michael Pollan wrote just after the 2008 election in his ...

Organic farming may be less energy intensive

The Rodale Institute , which promotes organic farming, has been investigating this question for more than 30 years. It grows ...

“Oprah’s Farm” to capitalize on organic food craze?

On Monday, the New York Post unearthed a handful of applications to the US Patent and Trademark Organization for Oprah-branded ...

North Dakota protects “modern” agriculture

Voters in heavily agriculture-dependent North Dakota became the first to enshrine the right to farm in their state constitution, a ...

Cloning versus habitat protection in wildlife conservation

Biotechnicians want to use cloning to save endangered species, but they are having only limited success. Critics say that the ...
Goldfish Crackers targeted in 'natural' lawsuit in wake of Prop 37

Goldfish Crackers targeted in ‘natural’ lawsuit in wake of Prop 37

While Prop 37 did not pass, the failure to disclose the presence of GMOs in foods that are marketed as ...

GMO labeling efforts change course after California defeat

The failure on Tuesday of a California ballot initiative that would have mandated labeling of genetically modified foods is not ...

The Monsanto fallacy

It’s my favorite new logical fallacy, the “Appeal to Monsanto”, the world’s largest producer of biotech agriculture seeds. This is ...

Scientists cheer death of Prop 37

Scientists, on the whole, are pleased to see Prop 37 fail this week. This blog post from SciAm explains the ...
Organic versus inorganic: an important distinction, but not for obvious reasons

Organic versus inorganic: an important distinction, but not for obvious reasons

The distinction between organic and inorganic -- natural versus unnatural -- carries massive cultural, historical, and social freight, as demonstrated ...

Call to arms from Grist in wake of Prop 37 loss

Despite the defeat of Prop 37, the food movement is being urged to keep fighting the good fight. Grist, in ...

Last 500 Ethiopian wolves endangered by lack of genetic diversity

The last wolves in Africa face a difficult road if they are going to survive. Just 500 Ethiopian wolves (Canis ...

Sheep breeders at the “cutting edge” of genetics

Agriculture and animal husbandry have strong ties to the history of genetics -- Darwin, after all, relied heavily on evidence ...

Six-year study of salmon genetics represents “a model of stakeholder participation”

A massive study of salmon genetics undertaken in Alaska over the last six years is notable both for its sheer ...
Genetics at center of several "battlegrounds" in next 4 years

Genetics at center of several “battlegrounds” in next 4 years

In the wake of Obama's victory, Wired takes a look at the battles to come in the next four years ...

Mapping the chocolate genome: hope of improved cacao plants

Mark Guiltinan is a professor of plant molecular biology in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences ...

Despite defeat, Prop 37 proponents will keep fighting

Despite losing the popular vote by six percentage points, the Proposition 37 campaign, which fought to require California labeling of ...