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US pushes China to speed biotech crop approvals, import more ethanol as trade talks continue

The Trump administration is pressing China to approve biotech corn traits and import more American ethanol and a byproduct of ...
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Billionaire investors led by Bill Gates back biotech start-up Ginkgo Bioworks to expand plant-based meat industry

As demand for plant-based food like fake burgers heats up, biotech start-up Ginkgo Bioworks is launching a venture to bring ...
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Bayer’s legal woes multiply as chemical giant battles onslaught of glyphosate, dicamba lawsuits

Many Bayer AG investors didn’t realize just how much litigation risk they were getting when the German company spent $66 ...
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Pro-farming social media campaigns haven’t changed consumer opinion on GMOs: Here’s why

It happens at almost every farm meeting in Canada. Someone gets up from their chair, walks over to the podium ...
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Swapping tractors for computer tablets: Is the future of farming digital and indoors?

Workers at Bowery Farming's warehouse near New York have swapped out a farmer's hoe for a computer tablet that takes ...
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Meet the Israeli start-ups aiming to make earth-friendly steak in the laboratory

Several Israeli start-ups have joined a handful of companies around the globe trying to develop lab-grown meat, something they see ...
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Anti-GMO activism: Latest example of age-old resistance to innovation, says African biotech scientist

A cloud of resistance hangs over the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Kenya....Uncertainties created by technophobes instill fear ...
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As US legal battle over Monsanto’s Roundup rages, Brazil health officials say glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer

Analysts at Brazil health agency Anvisa have determined that the weed-killer glyphosate does not cause cancer while recommending a series ...
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Viewpoint: FDA needs to regulate alcohol companies that imply non-GMO cocktails are healthy

When liquor companies start promoting the health benefits of cocktails, you know it’s time for the feds to get serious ...
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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, Brexit prompt some UK farmers to grow less risky crops to protect yields

The [UK] Paterson Farming Partnership is a joint venture between Worstead Farms, run by brothers Gavin, Bruce and Alex Paterson, ...
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USDA moves to streamline biotech crop approvals by updating 30-year-old regulations

USDA’s new regulation updating its plant biotechnology guidelines is being reviewed by [the Office of Management and Budget], suggesting it’s ...
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Activist group finds drinking 140 glasses of wine a day could expose alcoholics to potentially harmful levels of the herbicide glyphosate

A new report by the public-interest advocacy group U.S. PIRG reveals that tests of five wines and 15 beers....found traces of the controversial ...
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Claims of ‘insect armageddon’ based on ‘patchy, unrepresentative and piecemeal’ data, entomologists say

In 1828, a teenager named Charles Darwin opened a letter to his cousin with “I am dying by inches, from not having ...
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Monsanto lawsuit: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ plaintiff’s attorney for presenting banned evidence in glyphosate-cancer trial

Monsanto is facing its first federal trial over allegations that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, but a US judge has blocked ...
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Nanotubes and CRISPR gene editing could make producing disease-resistant crops faster and cheaper

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, ...
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As trade talks progress, US says it’s ‘high time’ Europe get over GMO fears

US officials on [February 21] ratcheted up pressure on the European Union to address longstanding agricultural issues between the two ...
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California bill would curb open records requests used to harass biotech, public health researchers

Corporations and activists from the left and the right are abusing open records laws to harass public university researchers. A ...
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How plant breeders produce new crops to stay ahead of climate change, disease

Global warming and changes in the amount – and location – of water, are key factors in the need to ...
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Biodiversity declines threaten world food production, warns United Nations

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns ...
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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue: Anti-GMO activism could ‘derail’ vital agricultural tools

An amorphous “fear-your-food” movement, fed in large part by the ceaseless churning of the internet, could sideline, deter, or even ...
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Food label fatigue? Iowa farm group survey indicates shoppers growing skepticism of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ food marketing claims

Eight in 10 Iowans find food labels misleading, according to the Iowa Food & Family Project’s (Iowa FFP) annual Consumer ...
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With lab-grown meat coming to our plates, will we be eating animals in 50 years?

Climate change has altered the debate over the ethics of meat consumption, adding a new dimension that certainly changes the ...
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Roundup on trial: Second glyphosate-cancer lawsuit heads to federal court

Bayer AG is set to face a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes ...
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Drought-tolerant corn adoption jumps 20% in four years as US farmers strive to protect crop yields

Droughts have been among the most significant causes of crop yield reductions and losses for centuries....To date, little has been ...
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US farmers to plant new biotech soybeans as DowDuPont receives final international regulatory approval

DowDuPont Inc has won the final international regulatory approval needed, from the Philippines, for a global launch of a new ...
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Biotech expert urges Nigeria to ignore activist calls to ban GMO Bt cowpea

Following fears and concerns by some civil society organisations and farmers over the safety of the newly commercialized Bt Cowpea ...
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Video: Tomorrow’s crops could be grown indoors, without soil or pesticides

As the world's population grows and climate change accelerates, farmers are increasingly turning to biotechnology, engineering and data science to ...
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Animal gene-editing researchers leaving US to escape FDA’s ‘regulatory confusion’

In a few weeks, reproductive biologist Charles Long will travel from Texas to São Paulo, Brazil in search of collaborators ...