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Africa could become a world agricultural leader in CRISPR and other new breeding techniques (NBTs)

It is 8:30 East African Standard Time.  I disembark from a van filled with science journalists from Kampala, Uganda and ...
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Review of Whitewash (or Hogwash?): Carey Gillam’s glyphosate book betrays science, undermines our understanding of cancer

Last fall a new book hit the shelves, timed to coincide with public hearings on the European Union’s re-authorization of ...
Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

In January, the European Parliament announced that it will set up a Special Committee on the Union’s authorization procedure for ...
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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

While many studies show that genetically modified crops contribute to yield gains, GMO critics say that they don’t. Such claims, ...
USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

Government data comparing yields of organic vs. conventional farms finds a sharp yield edge for conventional on more than 84 ...
Why a global decline in genetic crop variety matters for the future of food

Why a global decline in genetic crop variety matters for the future of food

Preserving the genetic diversity of edible plants could help us develop new crop varieties, with useful traits such as drought ...
Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering may soon be giving us products that appear to be pulled from the realm of science fiction. Researchers ...
Golden Rice: The GMO crop Greenpeace hates and humanitarians love

Golden Rice: The GMO crop Greenpeace hates and humanitarians love

Golden Rice is back in the news as the Philippines and Bangladesh move closer towards approval of the GMO food ...
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GMO labeling emerges as hot-button issue in organic and conventional food industry fights

Editor's note: This article is part three of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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GMO farming grows to record 457 million acres in 26 countries worldwide

The cultivation of genetically engineered (GMO) crops hit record levels in 2016, with 18 million farmers planting 185.1 million hectares ...
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Viewpoint: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ perpetuates stereotypes about food, farming and scientists

The popular Netflix movie is a disservice to important agricultural research aimed at producing more food with fewer resources, writes ...
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Partisan divide erupts on glyphosate-cancer science as IARC supporters push ‘Monsanto Papers’ narrative

“There appear to be serious problems with the science underlying [the International Agency for Research on Cancer]’s [2015] assessment of ...
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How consumer-friendly GMO foods could change minds about biotech crops and animals

Editor's note: This article is part two of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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Could 2018 mark the end of the anti-GMO movement?

Editor's note: This article is part one of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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Viewpoint: California’s looming coffee cancer warning shows how judges and lawyers can subvert science

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer. Think about that. We live in ...
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Ugandan farmers now wonder if they will ever get access to GMO crops

Disease-resistant bananas, drought-resistant corn and other GMO crops developed by Ugandan scientists could help farmers increase yields, reduce pesticide use ...
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Animal breeders are blocked worldwide from using genetic engineering. Here’s why.

Stringent regulations have made it almost impossible for GE animals to be approved for sale in the US. It took ...
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CRISPR gene-edited food in Europe? Questions remain on crop breeding regulations

The European Court of Justice recommended new techniques be exempt from GMO regulations, but left key questions unanswered, writes Gregory ...
Stonyfield-Gary Hirshberg fiasco grows over video with young girls spreading misinformation about farming and GMOs

Stonyfield-Gary Hirshberg fiasco grows over video with young girls spreading misinformation about farming and GMOs

Usually, a video with kids talking is cute, funny, perhaps poignant. However, scientists’ and farmers’ reactions to a promotional video ...
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Shill gambit: Are geneticists who work for corporations less ethical than university researchers?

Scientists who work for corporations, particularly in the agricultural or pharmaceutical industries, often face accusations that they are "shills," and ...
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Lessons learned from the 2017 Monsanto dicamba herbicide fiasco

Farmers, university scientists, the EPA and ag companies are working together to figure out what went wrong and how to ...
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Genetic engineering, CRISPR and food: What the ‘revolution’ will bring in the near future

Genetic engineering and gene editing have the potential to radically transform our lives if they can overcome the objections of ...
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Plagued by pest, African farmers may soon have access to insect-resistant GMO cowpeas—for free

US government funding and royalty-free Bt technology from Monsanto will enable West African countries to provide farmers with free cowpea ...
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Viewpoint: 6 ways IARC Director Christopher Wild lied to Congress about cancer agency’s glyphosate debacle

While the outgoing head of the embattled agency refused to testify before the US House Science Committee, he did send ...
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Myth busting: Do farmers ‘drench, douse or slather’ crops in pesticides?

One common belief about modern farming is that farmers use pesticides in excess on their crops. A plant scientist explains ...
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Viewpoint: It’s unreasonable to think Big Ag controls pro-GMO scientists

Scientists are generally inclined to dislike big companies--but they know that biotechnology has made our food supply safer and more ...
IARC cancer agency mounts PR effort as probe of possible corruption grows

IARC cancer agency mounts PR effort as probe of possible corruption grows

The agency was heavily criticized for the methodology used in declaring the herbicide glyphosate a "probable carcinogen." Now IARC is ...
Tackling bees' greatest threat: Lithium chloride could kill Varroa destructor mites without harming bees

Tackling bees’ greatest threat: Lithium chloride could kill Varroa destructor mites without harming bees

A new study suggests that tiny doses of lithium chloride could be an easy and effective treatment for Varroa mites, ...

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