Food & Agriculture Feature

The GLP explores the role of genetic engineering in food production and the polarized debate surrounding it. We highlight the work of our own writers, as well as that of contributors from around the Web. The GLP does not take a position on genetics-related issues; any opinions expressed belong to the authors.

Categories include:

  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Organics
  • Conventional crops
  • New breeding technologies
  • Animal biotechnology
  • Food systems
  • Sustainability
  • Regulations
  • Politics
  • Ideology
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Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

When Gates Foundation reviewers rejected a researcher's bid for new funding, one of the reasons cited was a concern over ...
Intensive modern farming, not organics, credited with reducing greenhouse gases

Intensive modern farming, not organics, credited with reducing greenhouse gases

Modern farming has "uncoupled" itself from greenhouse gas output -- using new technologies, including genetic engineering, to boost crop yields ...
Left and right share anti-science instincts, rooted in fears of ideological misuse

Left and right share anti-science instincts, rooted in fears of ideological misuse

Anti-science views have been increasingly embraced by political factions, left and right. Both harbor deep suspicions of government, industry and ...
9 misdirected arguments against GMOs

9 misdirected arguments against GMOs

When discussing GMOs, many arguments are put forth on why they are “bad” and should be avoided. A molecular geneticist ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO online series promotes fear and 'less sustainable' farming

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO online series promotes fear and ‘less sustainable’ farming

Works like the recently released "GMOs Revealed" are making it more difficult for new agricultural techniques to gain widespread acceptance ...
Are GMOs responsible for a spike in food allergies?

Are GMOs responsible for a spike in food allergies?

What's behind the rise in food allergies? There are a lot of possible answers to this, but it's probably not ...
Hidden hunger: How anti-GMO activists are blocking humanitarian biofortification in Africa and Asia

Hidden hunger: How anti-GMO activists are blocking humanitarian biofortification in Africa and Asia

Many crops grown in the developing world are deficient in nutritional qualities--which makes biofortification critical if we hope to improve ...
Suffering for the love of birds: A scientist’s battle to save birds — and now her career

Suffering for the love of birds: A scientist’s battle to save birds — and now her career

PETA begins to harass and intimidate a rising researcher in the field of animal behavior, scientist Kevin Folta urges the ...
Viewpoint: Outdated regulations responsible for recall, destruction of harmless GE petunias

Viewpoint: Outdated regulations responsible for recall, destruction of harmless GE petunias

An outdated policy leading to the destruction of 50 varieties of harmless flowers provides evidence that regulatory GMO practices need ...
Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate--how does it compare to glyphosate?

Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate–how does it compare to glyphosate?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
Viewpoint: Gulf that divides pro- and anti-GMO forces not easily bridged

Viewpoint: Gulf that divides pro- and anti-GMO forces not easily bridged

The opposition to GMOs is based not on scientific evidence, but on personal values and ideology. In effect, the two ...
Even non-GMO foods contain genes? America's confusion over what we eat

Even non-GMO foods contain genes? America’s confusion over what we eat

More than a third of Americans think that only GMO foods contain genes. Even worse--people aren't looking to scientists to ...
Does Uganda need GMOs? Scientists look to gene editing to spur innovation

Does Uganda need GMOs? Scientists look to gene editing to spur innovation

Even as scientists in Uganda and other African countries aggressively push for approvals of new disease-fighting GMO crops, the focus ...
Monsanto shill alert: Does industry funded GMO research bias findings?

Monsanto shill alert: Does industry funded GMO research bias findings?

Can consumers trust "independent" studies funded by corporations that have found genetically modified foods safe? Anti-GMO activists say 'no.' But ...
Uganda: From scorching drought to ravaging worms, poor pay the price for missing out on a biotech solution

Uganda: From scorching drought to ravaging worms, poor pay the price for missing out on a biotech solution

The food and famine crisis is finally bringing to a head the clash between anti-GMO activists, mostly European based, and ...
Vulnerable system? What if world's breadbaskets experience crop failure at same time?

Vulnerable system? What if world’s breadbaskets experience crop failure at same time?

Less than 25 percent of Earth’s cropland produces nearly 75% of the staple crops that feed us. Are globalization and ...
The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty's sustainable GMO salmon

The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty’s sustainable GMO salmon

Opposition to the world's first GMO animal approved for human consumption was fueled by a variety of sources --from quacks ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement—and label demands—lose steam under Republican administration

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement—and label demands—lose steam under Republican administration

The new administration has chosen to follow the analysis of the National Academy of Sciences, which found no material or ...
Why we need peaceful co-existence between GMOs and organics

Why we need peaceful co-existence between GMOs and organics

Could organic and GM farming step past the rhetoric and vitriol, and co-exist? The science says yes ...
'GMOs Revealed': Documentary series delivers familiar arguments from the fringe

‘GMOs Revealed’: Documentary series delivers familiar arguments from the fringe

Multi-part documentary series will be rolled out over nine days, offering familiar voices from the anti-GMO fringe ...
Can epigenetics change the way we breed crops for drought and climate change?

Can epigenetics change the way we breed crops for drought and climate change?

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
Using Freedom of Information Act to target biotech scientists boomerangs against anti-GMO activists

Using Freedom of Information Act to target biotech scientists boomerangs against anti-GMO activists

Teacher Stephan Neidenbach reflects on his experiences using--and being targeted by—Freedom of Information Act requests, the technique commandeered by US ...
Viewpoint: Democrats' GMO labeling push is an embarrassment to pro-science progressives

Viewpoint: Democrats’ GMO labeling push is an embarrassment to pro-science progressives

A group of House Democrats, who called the proposed federal GMO labeling standards 'weak' and 'confusing,' are being urged not ...
'There is no contradiction to being a vegan and eating GMO foods'

‘There is no contradiction to being a vegan and eating GMO foods’

Should vegans support GMOs and biotechnology in agriculture as a means to optimize agriculture and minimize suffering and pain of ...
Viewpoint: Netflix movie Okja stokes unwarranted GMO fears, promotes anti-science worldview

Viewpoint: Netflix movie Okja stokes unwarranted GMO fears, promotes anti-science worldview

The film about a fictitious evil corporation called "Mirando" that genetically engineers dangerous "superpigs" for food encapsulates all of the ...
Do we need GMOs? Don't we have enough food to feed the world?

Do we need GMOs? Don’t we have enough food to feed the world?

The world produces enough food to feed everyone, but what does that really mean, considering abundant food in the west ...
Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents -- here's the reality

Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents — here’s the reality

Farmers have a wide range of choices for seeds, including conventional and GMO. And most, for economic and performance rather ...
Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: Behind the scenes in Uganda profiling desperate plight of poor farmers

Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: Behind the scenes in Uganda profiling desperate plight of poor farmers

Despite claims by anti-GMO activists who say crop biotechnology mostly benefits big corporations, African farmers and poor people are the ...