‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

Policymakers had known for years that the U.S. regulation of crop biotechnology was out of date, and by 2016, discussions ...
Poverty and hunger follow Africa’s fall armyworm invasion

Poverty and hunger follow Africa’s fall armyworm invasion

Africa’s fall armyworm invasion has contributed to poverty and hunger among smallholder farmers, a pioneering study shows. Severe levels of ...
Viewpoint: Public investment in farming technology could cut land use by 63 thousand square miles—'about the size of Iowa’

Viewpoint: Public investment in farming technology could cut land use by 63 thousand square miles—’about the size of Iowa’

Using existing research on the relationship between R&D and productivity and SIMPLE, a global economic model of agriculture, we find ...
First lab-grown chicken nuggets just hit restaurants in Singapore, and more ‘slaughter-free’ meats could arrive in 2021

First lab-grown chicken nuggets just hit restaurants in Singapore, and more ‘slaughter-free’ meats could arrive in 2021

The company behind [an in vitro cultured] poultry product, Eat Just, has since sold more than 200 servings of the ...
Here’s how GM canola-derived fish feed could make aquaculture more sustainable

Here’s how GM canola-derived fish feed could make aquaculture more sustainable

Fish feed ingredient Aquaterra, derived from genetically modified canola, has been certified for sustainable aquafeed production by Friend of the ...
Bayer won’t appeal first glyphosate-cancer verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court

Bayer won’t appeal first glyphosate-cancer verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court

Bayer will not appeal a $20.5 million Roundup verdict—the first Roundup verdict in the nation—to the U.S. Supreme Court, the ...
CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

The latest numbers on honeybee colonies have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they show that the ...
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25 years of GMOs: 4 farmers weigh in on the costs and benefits of biotech crops

[29-year-old Lewis] Stearns is part of a generation of farmers that has grown up with GM technology, which now is ...
GM fish coming soon: Major US seafood wholesaler will carry AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon

GM fish coming soon: Major US seafood wholesaler will carry AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.-based wholesale restaurant supplier [Samuels & Sons] is giving [AquaBounty’s] RAS-raised GE salmon a shot, despite the ...
Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

[Japanese startup Sanatech Seed’s] Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato was developed using cutting edge CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. It contains ...
‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

‘Space farming’: Bacteria discovered on International Space Station could aid plant growth on Mars

A team led by scientists at the University of Southern California characterized four strains of bacteria isolated from the International ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Today’s farmers aren’t uneducated self-serving workers driven solely by greed. They are genuine stewards of the land, who employ a ...
Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

A Department of Agriculture spokesman said in February that [the decision to shift regulatory authority of genetically modified livestock] is ...
Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Researchers from the Republic of Korea documented that Bt rice is compositionally equivalent to its non-Bt counterpart by using four ...
Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

[B]ecause of Brexit, [the UK] has an opportunity to diverge from EU [agricultural] regulations. In a consultation that [ended] on ...
EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

The European Commission is counting on a suite of measures including new procurement schemes, promotional funds and research initiatives to ...
‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

Despite changes in temperature, humidity and fertilizer application, [plants of the future] must be able to produce optimally. In addition, ...
French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

Condemned as "bee killers," [neonicotinoid pesticides] have been officially banned in France since 2018. However, faced with the jaundice crisis ...
GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

[A] good portion of topsoil—the black fertile dirt that looks exactly like what you buy at the home and hardware ...
UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

Gene editing involves replacing genes that govern traits such as water dependency and nutrition with better-functioning ones from the same ...
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Insect-resistant, GM, Bt corn could help Kenya keep cancer-causing mycotoxins out of its food supply

[The Kenyan] Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) slapped a ban on maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania, saying tests on ...
Can CRISPR tame avian flu and prevent the next pandemic?

Can CRISPR tame avian flu and prevent the next pandemic?

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is picking up steam, it’s tempting to hope that the world can soon move ...
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GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

The newly released Bt cowpea facilitated by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is expected to generate over $638 ...
Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review, speeding new crop development

Gene-edited plants differ from traditional GMOs because the method used to modify their genetic codes differs, and they often don’t ...
Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Dramatic health benefits combined with low consumption figures underscore the need and importance of multiple efforts and resources to improve ...
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