Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

One of the most innovative food products expected to enter U.S. markets in coming years is cell-cultured meat and seafood ...
Why the UK’s announced embrace of CRISPR gene editing food revolution likely won’t go as smoothly as hoped

Why the UK’s announced embrace of CRISPR gene editing food revolution likely won’t go as smoothly as hoped

“Let's start now to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules, and let's develop the blight-resistant crops ...
Vaccine in development that could protect honeybee populations from pesticide poisoning

Vaccine in development that could protect honeybee populations from pesticide poisoning

The solution is about the size of a grain of pollen, and when ingested by bees, allows the creatures to ...
‘Uncertain and confused’: Sri Lankan farmers facing government’s ‘misguided’ ban on all synthetic chemicals fear sustainable farming will be unattainable

‘Uncertain and confused’: Sri Lankan farmers facing government’s ‘misguided’ ban on all synthetic chemicals fear sustainable farming will be unattainable

The [Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers recently] approved President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s proposal to ban the importation of chemical fertilisers. In ...
Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Though some are still scattered across the country, the [American] chestnut has been functionally extinct for 70 years.  But science ...
CRISPR 3.0: A giant leap forward in the quest for climate-conscious farming

CRISPR 3.0: A giant leap forward in the quest for climate-conscious farming

In a study in Nature Plants, Yiping Qi, associate professor of Plant Science at the University of Maryland (UMD), introduces a ...
80% less greenhouse emissions generated: The world’s first cell-based, lab grown meat factory just opened in Israel

80% less greenhouse emissions generated: The world’s first cell-based, lab grown meat factory just opened in Israel

Israeli biotech company Future Meat has opened what it claims to be the “world’s first industrial cultured meat facility,” a ...
‘Major milestone in agriculture’: Nigeria's just launched genetically modified cowpea could double yields and save the country millions

‘Major milestone in agriculture’: Nigeria’s just launched genetically modified cowpea could double yields and save the country millions

Nigeria has achieved what looks like a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the official ...
Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

[S]cientists are figuring out how to make animal protein without using any animal cells at all – by using fermentation ...
‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?' — 'Supertrees' engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?’ — ‘Supertrees’ engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

Capitalizing on trees’ ability to function as natural carbon capture machines, Reddit’s former CEO is now running a company that ...
Does ‘intensive agriculture’ make pandemics more likely? That’s the claim. Here are the facts

Does ‘intensive agriculture’ make pandemics more likely? That’s the claim. Here are the facts

Animals can cause diseases in humans. That won't surprise you. What may surprise you is to read that these diseases ...
Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Unfortunately there is quite a bit of dis-and misinformation about what harms bees. For instance, [Maine] lawmakers recently passed a ...
Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Using genetics… scientists have isolated the gene in cattle which causes excess methane production. Through selective breeding, it claims this ...
Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

The goal is to produce twice as much food using half the land and half the inputs. These changes are ...
Facing an uncertain, climate-altered future, here is how scientists are revamping crops

Facing an uncertain, climate-altered future, here is how scientists are revamping crops

[A new wheat variety called] Kernza brings higher yields and can contain more seeds per stem than average wheat. And ...
‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

We have pescatarians, vegans, flexitarians, locavores and of course vegetarians. But what’s the word for those of us who make ...
These genetically-modified poplars are easier to cut down — and can produce more bioethanol

These genetically-modified poplars are easier to cut down — and can produce more bioethanol

Wood mainly consists of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin… In [genetically] modified poplars, one of the molecules involved in the production ...
Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties

Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties

Though breeding programs using genome editing remain in their infancy on the African continent, public research institutions are leading the ...
Viewpoint: ‘Lefty food and farm' group's implacable opposition to genetic engineering imperils life-saving virus research, writes Mother Jones

Viewpoint: ‘Lefty food and farm’ group’s implacable opposition to genetic engineering imperils life-saving virus research, writes Mother Jones

[Recently, the Center for Food Safety] sued the National Institutes of Health in an attempt to force the agency to ...
‘Protein transition’: Everything you need to know about the coming clean, cultured, alternative meat revolution

‘Protein transition’: Everything you need to know about the coming clean, cultured, alternative meat revolution

The cultured meat revolution is also sometimes called ‘the protein transition’ and its advocates are confident that this transition will ...
Video: Why does genetic modification have such a bad reputation? A conversation with Bayer GMO scientist Larry Gilbertson

Video: Why does genetic modification have such a bad reputation? A conversation with Bayer GMO scientist Larry Gilbertson

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.  Otherwise known as CRISPR, it is a term many people know is associated with ...
Viewpoint: Regenerative ranching – promoted by organic activists from Vandana Shiva to the Organic Consumers Association — has turned out to be a massive scam

Viewpoint: Regenerative ranching – promoted by organic activists from Vandana Shiva to the Organic Consumers Association — has turned out to be a massive scam

While the regenerative potential of many agricultural techniques is widely accepted among ecologists, the inclusion of ranching is disputed. ...
Kenya approves disease-resistant GMO cassava

Kenya approves disease-resistant GMO cassava

In yet another big win for its smallholder farmers, Kenya has become the first country globally to approve national performance ...
Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

A multi-year research project to genetically modify Aedes aegypti, a mosquito species that is known to carry and transmit infectious ...
How California is teaming up with conservation groups to rescue the western monarch butterfly from extinction

How California is teaming up with conservation groups to rescue the western monarch butterfly from extinction

Monarch butterflies, known for their distinctive orange and black pattern, once flocked to California in the millions, spending the winter ...
GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

GM crops: ‘Let the farmers decide’

A South African scientist says it’s about time African governments prioritized the interests of farmers and allow them to use ...
In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

In civil disobedience challenge to ongoing GMO ban, Indian farmers’ union illegally provides herbicide-resistant cotton seeds to farmers

Farmers’ union Shetkari Sanghatana has announced that it will provide farmers seeds of the unapproved herbicide tolerant (Ht) Bt cotton ...
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