Edible but ugly: Bruised apples and spotty potatoes never make it to supermarket shelves. Tweaking crop genes could feed billions and help address climate change

Edible but ugly: Bruised apples and spotty potatoes never make it to supermarket shelves. Tweaking crop genes could feed billions and help address climate change

Delle Chan | 
Farming has a major food waste problem. Approximately 40 per cent of the food produced globally goes uneaten every year, ...
‘Organic alone cannot feed the world,’ says Swiss organic agricultural scientist at UN World Food Summit

‘Organic alone cannot feed the world,’ says Swiss organic agricultural scientist at UN World Food Summit

Roland Knauer | 
On September 23, heads of state and specialist ministers [met] at the United Nations World Food Summit. As a member ...
From plant-based fillets to sushi cultivated in a lab, fish-free seafood has arrived

From plant-based fillets to sushi cultivated in a lab, fish-free seafood has arrived

Mike Ives | 
Plant-based products have been breaking into the foodie mainstream in the United States, after years in which vegan burgers and ...
Underwater farming? Biosphere grows strawberries, basil and lettuce deep in the Mediterranean

Underwater farming? Biosphere grows strawberries, basil and lettuce deep in the Mediterranean

Darko Manevski | 
Strawberries, basil and lettuce are flourishing in a new biosphere farm anchored to the floor of the Mediterranean Sea off ...
Dismissing sizable sustainability benefits, organic industry petitions USDA to block hydroponics from being classified as organic

Dismissing sizable sustainability benefits, organic industry petitions USDA to block hydroponics from being classified as organic

Ross Pomeroy | 
Organic food producers, which eschew synthetic pesticides for "natural" ones, regularly market their products as more sustainable than conventional offerings, but they're not ...
Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

Nicholas Karavolias | 
Growing up, my family spent summer weekends on the beaches of New York State. Riding in a car packed with ...
Repurposed mushrooms could make an animal-free, vegan beer — all while using up food waste

Repurposed mushrooms could make an animal-free, vegan beer — all while using up food waste

Sally Ho | 
It’s not common knowledge, but not all beers out there are vegan. Some brands use finings in the brewing process ...
EU politicians move to implement controversial Green Deal Farm to Fork agricultural policy — but reject scientific sustainability assessments of its impact

EU politicians move to implement controversial Green Deal Farm to Fork agricultural policy — but reject scientific sustainability assessments of its impact

Paul Leonard | 
Industry has repeatedly signalled its commitment to innovate in support of both Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy ...
Viewpoint: Science denialism is not the exclusive province of the political right — it’s growing on the left, too

Viewpoint: Science denialism is not the exclusive province of the political right — it’s growing on the left, too

Tom Chivers | 
There is, I think, a fairly well-established idea that the Left is the “side” of science and evidence, and the ...
Kiel University study: Double disaster — Europe’s Green Deal Farm to Fork plan would undermine environmental sustainability goals with no significant  economic payoff

Kiel University study: Double disaster — Europe’s Green Deal Farm to Fork plan would undermine environmental sustainability goals with no significant economic payoff

Christin Beeck | 
A significant reduction in agricultural production in the European Union with full implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy of ...
‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

Lauren Quinn | 
By the end of the century, scientists expect climate change to reduce corn yield significantly, with some estimating losses up ...
Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

The [European] Commission has finally released a study on the impact of its F2F and Biodiversity Strategy proposals on the ...
As the dairy industry inches toward adopting ‘regenerative agriculture’ practices, tensions emerge between large-scale operations and anti-corporate purists

As the dairy industry inches toward adopting ‘regenerative agriculture’ practices, tensions emerge between large-scale operations and anti-corporate purists

Gosia Wozniacka | 
Danone, General Mills (maker of Yoplait yogurt and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, among other big dairy brands), and yogurt maker Stonyfield ...
Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Victor Bhoroma | 
[Cotton] is the second most important cash crop in Zimbabwe (after tobacco) in terms of export earnings (earnings of US$30,1 ...
Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Biologically-modified seaweed could be an ideal eco-friendly plastic packaging alternative

Emily Holbrook | 
In an industry first, DS Smith could use seaweed across its packaging network as an alternative fiber source to wood ...
Genetically engineered trees offer dual sustainability benefits: Carbon sequestration boosts and the ability to grow more trees on less land

Genetically engineered trees offer dual sustainability benefits: Carbon sequestration boosts and the ability to grow more trees on less land

Emma Kovak | 
The startup Living Carbon claims their fast-growing genetically engineered (GE) trees could increase forest carbon capture by 1.4-2 gigatons per year, ...
Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Matthew Wilde | 
Only one corn-breeding line out of about 150 remained standing after a derecho slammed into Beck's Superior Hybrids nursery, near ...
Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Emma Bryce | 
Substituting just half a portion of beef with a handful of nuts, vegetables, fruits, and seafood could buy you 48 ...
GLP Podcast: End climate 'alarmism'; FDA vs kratom; Is 'GMO' ice cream dangerous? Nope

GLP Podcast: End climate ‘alarmism’; FDA vs kratom; Is ‘GMO’ ice cream dangerous? Nope

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Human-caused climate is occurring, but the science community may be amplifying the public's skepticism with failed "alarmist" predictions. Is kratom ...
Viewpoint: ‘Endless war’ — Nigeria and other African countries challenged by conflicting claims about benefits and alleged unknowns of GMO crops

Viewpoint: ‘Endless war’ — Nigeria and other African countries challenged by conflicting claims about benefits and alleged unknowns of GMO crops

Caleb Onwe, Chijioke Iremeka | 
There’s been an endless war against the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Nigerian food staples and its touted ...
Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Jeff Gelski | 
Meat and dairy products in recent years have battled plant-based alternatives for consumer dollars. Now, another competitor looms.  “Major disruption ...
‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

Anagha Subhash Nair, Milly Chan | 
[Chua Kai-Ning] and her partner, Phua Jun Wei, founded startup Insectta in 2017. They are battling Singapore's food waste crisis ...
How can we transform industrial manufacturing from a major carbon dioxide source to a CO2 sink?

How can we transform industrial manufacturing from a major carbon dioxide source to a CO2 sink?

Bernardino Virdis, Jamin Wood, Shihu Hu | 
About one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the manufacture of the products we use. While a small number ...
‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

Steven Novella | 
Hydroponic farming allows for vertical farming, because it is not dependent on the soil. This allows for greater plant yield ...
GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Climate change could boost crop yields in the coming decades, but pests enabled by the warmer temperatures may offset whatever ...
Infographics: Biotech crops have benefited more than 65 million people around the world. Here are some of the benefits

Infographics: Biotech crops have benefited more than 65 million people around the world. Here are some of the benefits

Clement Dionglay | 
Since 1996, the global area planted to biotech crops has consistently increased, with significant expansion recorded in developing countries. In ...
Ghana edges toward adopting pest resistant GMO cowpea

Ghana edges toward adopting pest resistant GMO cowpea

Joseph Gakpo | 
[The Ghanian] government says its decision on whether to approve Ghana’s first genetically modified crop will be based on science ...
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