Podcast: Will gene editing's potential be realized in agriculture? GLP's Jon Entine and Innovation Forum's Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

Podcast: Will gene editing’s potential be realized in agriculture? GLP’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

The Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about why gene editing has yet to make ...
Viewpoint: Is Bill Gates the point man for 'taking over' the world's food supply in service of Big Agriculture?

Viewpoint: Is Bill Gates the point man for ‘taking over’ the world’s food supply in service of Big Agriculture?

Last month, comedian Russell Brand gave his YouTube followers a 17-minute lecture about Bill Gates' plot to take over the world's ...
Bot lies: How the anti-GMO movement uses social media to hype opposition to genetically-engineered mosquitoes to rid Florida of insect-spread diseases

Bot lies: How the anti-GMO movement uses social media to hype opposition to genetically-engineered mosquitoes to rid Florida of insect-spread diseases

The discussion around Twitter bans is hot, mostly with regard to specific accounts that provide dangerous false information. But what ...
How climate change is disrupting animal ‘food webs’ and what it might mean for the future

How climate change is disrupting animal ‘food webs’ and what it might mean for the future

It seems like each day scientists report more dire consequences of climate change on animals and plants worldwide. Birds that ...
Viewpoint: While most of Europe remains in thrall of crop biotechnology rejectionism, sustainability promises of CRISPR gene editing may soon lead to 'political deconstruction'

Viewpoint: While most of Europe remains in thrall of crop biotechnology rejectionism, sustainability promises of CRISPR gene editing may soon lead to ‘political deconstruction’

The European Commission recently published a report on "new genomic techniques," including CRISPR gene editing, which was expected to have major ...
Podcast: EU food retailers don't want CRISPR crops; Glyphosate threatens insects? Gene editing may fight high cholesterol

Podcast: EU food retailers don’t want CRISPR crops; Glyphosate threatens insects? Gene editing may fight high cholesterol

European food retailers want food made from CRISPR-edited crops labeled "GMO," which could prevent EU farmers from utilizing gene editing ...
Viewpoint: Why we need to remove 'politically-motivated regulatory barriers' hindering genetically modified crop innovation

Viewpoint: Why we need to remove ‘politically-motivated regulatory barriers’ hindering genetically modified crop innovation

Genetically modified (GM) organisms and crops have been a feature of food production for over 30 years. Despite extensive science-based ...
How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It's critical, and here's a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It’s critical, and here’s a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis have highlighted and exacerbated the plight of American farmers, while also threatening already dwindling ...
Africa cracks down on ravenous locust swarms by ignoring Greenpeace’s anti-pesticide rhetoric

Africa cracks down on ravenous locust swarms by ignoring Greenpeace’s anti-pesticide rhetoric

As nations around the world struggle with COVID-19 and related economic lockdowns, African countries are fighting another plague: swarms of ...
Banned in Uganda: While the Irish potato faces disease and climate change, politics stymie farmers eager to adopt still unapproved GM seeds

Banned in Uganda: While the Irish potato faces disease and climate change, politics stymie farmers eager to adopt still unapproved GM seeds

It's a five-hour drive into the western part of Uganda to Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI), where ...
Viewpoint: Mexico's 'cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face' glyphosate ban — Why prohibiting one of the safest herbicides in the world will dramatically increase the use of a demonstrably more harmful alternative

Viewpoint: Mexico’s ‘cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face’ glyphosate ban — Why prohibiting one of the safest herbicides in the world will dramatically increase the use of a demonstrably more harmful alternative

It appears that the proposed Mexican government plan to ban all genetically engineered corn and the widely used herbicide glyphosate ...
'Flawed process leads to flawed science': Why the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer claims glyphosate causes cancer

‘Flawed process leads to flawed science’: Why the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer claims glyphosate causes cancer

The recent excellent article by Josh Bloom, “NYC Pol Uses Phony Cancer Scare & ‘Children’ to Ban Glyphosate in Parks,” ...
Anti-GMO groups rush to block EU farmer access to gene-edited crops in the name of sustainable farming

Anti-GMO groups rush to block EU farmer access to gene-edited crops in the name of sustainable farming

Anti-GMO advocacy groups are public relations experts. Their objective — denying farmers access to sustainable technologies as part of a ...
How CRISPR and other gene-edited crops are regulated in the United States and around the world: A scholarly review

How CRISPR and other gene-edited crops are regulated in the United States and around the world: A scholarly review

Genome editing in agriculture and food is leading to new, improved crops and other products. Depending on the regulatory approach ...
Biotech colonialism? Comedian Russell Brand claims Bill Gates is 'buying up stolen land' to 'take over the global food system'. Here's what he got wrong

Biotech colonialism? Comedian Russell Brand claims Bill Gates is ‘buying up stolen land’ to ‘take over the global food system’. Here’s what he got wrong

"Why Is Bill Gates Buying Up Stolen Native American Land?" British comedian and actor Russell Brand asked in a recent ...
Viewpoint: 'Killer petunias'? The shameful story of the USDA's 'unscientific, innovation-stifling' process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Viewpoint: ‘Killer petunias’? The shameful story of the USDA’s ‘unscientific, innovation-stifling’ process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Now that vivid orange, red, and purple genetically engineered petunias are approved for distribution to plant nurseries, it’s time for ...
Viewpoint: Farm-to-Fork plan suggests Europe wants sustainable farming. So why do EU politicians ignore the 'green' benefits of GM crops?

Viewpoint: Farm-to-Fork plan suggests Europe wants sustainable farming. So why do EU politicians ignore the ‘green’ benefits of GM crops?

There is ongoing disagreement between the popularly elected European Parliament and the executives in the European Commission over approvals of ...
Ideological rigidity is hampering efforts to leverage the regenerative agriculture 'revolution'. Here are two paths forward

Ideological rigidity is hampering efforts to leverage the regenerative agriculture ‘revolution’. Here are two paths forward

Does regenerative agriculture require a completely new economics of farming to achieve scale? Or should the focus be on the ...
Viewpoint: Battling corporate takeover of agriculture? Activists who oppose GMOs and other forms of farming biotechnology hurt vulnerable populations they claim to want to protect

Viewpoint: Battling corporate takeover of agriculture? Activists who oppose GMOs and other forms of farming biotechnology hurt vulnerable populations they claim to want to protect

Activist groups which oppose so-called ‘genetically modified organisms’ (GMOs) frequently affirm that they want to fight corporations and capitalism. While ...
Viewpoint: Advocates for regenerative agriculture greet questions about its viability 'not with facts or science but with defensive hype'

Viewpoint: Advocates for regenerative agriculture greet questions about its viability ‘not with facts or science but with defensive hype’

In Part One of this series, we looked at the historical reasons why interest in regenerative farming has eclipsed organic ...
The central challenge for regenerative agriculture advocates: Not undermining the movement by 'overselling' its limited and targeted advantages

The central challenge for regenerative agriculture advocates: Not undermining the movement by ‘overselling’ its limited and targeted advantages

The term regenerative farming first popped up in the mainstream media in a 1987 New York Times article about what ...
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Regenerative agriculture: The movement dedicated to unseating intensive, ‘industrial farming’ by claiming it has comprehensive sustainability advantages

For the last century, each generation has produced an alternative approach to farming that is aimed at a central challenge ...
Viewpoint: Livestock—an underrated solution to climate change

Viewpoint: Livestock—an underrated solution to climate change

Climate change is real and in many instances, agriculture’s livestock is often tagged as being a leading emitter, but what if ...
Duckweed to the rescue: How the world’s fasting-growing plant could boost food security despite climate change

Duckweed to the rescue: How the world’s fasting-growing plant could boost food security despite climate change

Scientists are looking for clues in the genes of the world's fastest-growing plant to help them get a leg up ...
Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a 'GMO'? The question has important implications for regulation

Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a ‘GMO’? The question has important implications for regulation

The controversy over genetically engineered organisms (sometimes called “genetically modified organisms,” or “GMOs”) is genuine, not faux — but only ...
Climate change is roiling the African continent. With cutting-edge biotech solutions largely blocked, governments rely on tweaks of more traditional technologies to boost output

Climate change is roiling the African continent. With cutting-edge biotech solutions largely blocked, governments rely on tweaks of more traditional technologies to boost output

While Africa is currently responsible for a negligible amount of total global greenhouse gas emissions, the continent is under significant ...
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