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Magic and morality: Why some consumers are afraid of GMOs

In the eyes of Susan Schenck, GMOs are pretty much the worst thing going in food. As the author of ...
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Ugandan researchers look to biotechnology to bolster food production in the face of climate change

As the impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide, farmers are likely to face new challenges in the form ...
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Whole Foods embraces slow-growing chickens: Why that’s not so environmentally sustainable

There is a movement, pushed by Whole Foods, to go back to slower-growing chickens. This is problematic from a sustainability ...
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Onto the grill: But are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the ...
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Why did Tanzania just pull the plug on its GMO crop trials?

When the Tanzanian government announced Friday [November 23] they were ending field trials of genetically engineered crops in the country ...
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Viewpoint: Science denialism threatens the potential of gene-edited crops

The genetic revolution being ushered in by gene-editing promises to markedly improve our crops by making them resistant to drought, ...
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Why fears in Nigeria over the safety of GMO cotton are misplaced

Nigeria is moving forward with plans to boost its textile industry through the approval of its first GM crop, BT ...
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Has modern agriculture ‘tainted’ your Thanksgiving dinner?

The Environmental Working Group knows how to grab headlines with ominous claims about America's food supply. In April, the Washington, ...
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Can genetic engineering deliver a natural microbial fertilizer for crops?

At the turn of the previous century, German scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch got all the credit for finding ...
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Podcast: GLP’s Jon Entine on the spread of ‘chemophobia’

Chemicals are used to grow, process, preserve and package our food, and are ubiquitous in many products and in our ...
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Organic fungicide copper sulfate poses dangers to humans, animals, insects—how does it compare to conventional pesticides?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
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How scientists are using CRISPR to create non-GMO crops

To feed the burgeoning human population, it is vital that the world figures out ways to boost food production. Increasing ...
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Edible cotton: How genetically modified cottonseed could revolutionize food and feed production

Here’s a somewhat boring fact you might already know about cotton: It doesn't make a good food, for humans or ...
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Viewpoint: As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for ‘bird-pocalypse’ that’s not happening

Are we in the midst of another bout of unfounded environmentalist-fueled exaggerations—this time about birds becoming extinct because of pesticide ...
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FDA reaffirms much-criticized plan to regulate genetically engineered animals as if they were a drug

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has doubled down on his agency’s failed policy for regulating an entire sector of biotechnology — the ...
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Why monocultures might be the most sustainable option when choosing cover crops

It's long been believed, without much empirical evidence, that biodiversity in crop cover mixtures increases crop productivity, improves soil ecosystems ...
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Are GMO critics more open to gene editing that targets plant and human diseases?

The early generations of transgenic plants focused primarily on increasing productivity, either by reducing pest damage or increasing yields by ...
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13 nations say it’s time to end ‘political posturing’ and embrace crop gene editing

 Agricultural scientists have been excited about gene editing since it debuted several years ago. The technology dramatically cuts the time ...
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Absolut failure: Kansas farm family takes stand against fear-based non-GMO vodka marketing

I don’t throw the word hero around very often, but in this case the cape fits. Out on the vast ...
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Viewpoint: Why a jury verdict against Monsanto doesn’t change anything regarding the safety of Roundup herbicide

The common weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) is back in the news after a US court ruled it contributed to a man’s terminal cancer (non-Hodgkin ...
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Cheese: The GMO food die-hard GMO opponents love, but don’t want to label

In cheese production, the need to use traditional rennet obtained from calf stomachs has largely been removed because of a ...
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Ugandan researchers hit the road to battle anti-GMO propaganda

As Uganda continues to grapple with its biotech future, scientists have launched an initiative to help local farmers better understand ...
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Climate change and rice: How some of the world’s poorest nations may suffer

Much of the world relies on rice. What happens when climate change threatens rice nutrition? ...
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Viewpoint: Why we have to fight for what biotechnology can offer us

“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” That’s how fictional star ship captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek orders his tea, 300 years ...
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Countering the impact of climate change through new breeding techniques

It is imperative that we breed new varieties of plants to make agriculture more sustainable, given increasing food demand and ...
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With GMO soybean market booming, is there a future for conventional varieties?

Almost all the world's soybean grown today is GMO, which it is very difficult to find non-GMO soybeans. Begging the ...
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Jumping genes: How Barbara McClintock won a Nobel Prize by crossbreeding corn

Through meticulous crossbreeding, she showed that DNA is far more complicated than scientists originally thought ...
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Viewpoint: Chemophobia epidemic—Fanning fears about trace chemicals obscures real risks and ‘damages public health’

When is a chemical dangerous? This is not a question we consciously ask ourselves much, but in fact, we interrogate ...