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As climate heats up, can drought-tolerant GMO crops help prevent famine and conflict?

When most of us think about the threats posed by climate change, events like floods, droughts, intense storms and hotter ...
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Hardware chain Bunnings Warehouse pulls neonicotinoid insecticides over bee health concerns

A controversial pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths will be pulled from [Australian, New Zealand, and UK hardware store chain] Bunnings' ...
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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‘Organic GMOs’: Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak on how genetic engineering can reduce pesticide use and protect the environment

[Genetic engineering] is a powerful tool that can help us farm responsibly and sustainably by minimizing damage to the environment and ...
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New generation of GMO crops could dramatically boost biofuel production

Plant biomass contains considerable calorific value but most of it makes up robust cell walls, an unappetising evolutionary advantage that ...
Judge delays glyphosate lawsuit after study of 45,000 people finds no link to cancer

Judge delays glyphosate lawsuit after study of 45,000 people finds no link to cancer

In October 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federally-filed Roundup lawsuits into one court in ...
How artificial intelligence might solve the 'chemical treadmill' farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

How artificial intelligence might solve the ‘chemical treadmill’ farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

After months of research, they faced a disappointing truth: There was no way around herbicides. “Turns out zapping weeds with ...
We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

A new "planetary boundaries" study says agriculture can be more sustainable to save the planet. Others say the numbers don't ...
How living GMO algae could electrify rural Africa

How living GMO algae could electrify rural Africa

Fuel cells powered by living algae that are five times more efficient than current models, have been designed by scientists ...
Herbicides and fungicides could be key factors in bee health problems, study finds

Herbicides and fungicides could be key factors in bee health problems, study finds

Honey bees might be drawn to the very chemicals that are endangering them, based on experiments in which they preferred ...
How ‘good’ bacteria can boost crop yields without pesticides or GMOs

How ‘good’ bacteria can boost crop yields without pesticides or GMOs

In 1988, a remarkable finding illuminated a new path that agricultural scientists would soon follow in their quest to maximise ...
Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong

Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong

Are bees endangered because of the use of insecticides, and in particular the class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, which ...
Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Almost a quarter of British honey samples remain contaminated after a partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, new research has revealed ...
Can CRISPR gene editing save chocolate from extinction?

Can CRISPR gene editing save chocolate from extinction?

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California’s new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in ...
Can online gamers help developing nations solve aflatoxin crop contamination?

Can online gamers help developing nations solve aflatoxin crop contamination?

Puzzle solvers at the website Fold.it, a crowdsourcing project, are being asked to look for new and efficient ways to ...
Speed breeding: Researchers show wheat, canola and other key crops can be bred 6 generations per year

Speed breeding: Researchers show wheat, canola and other key crops can be bred 6 generations per year

Pioneering new technology is set to accelerate the global quest for crop improvement in a development which echoes the Green ...
GM Arctic Apple promises to 'dramatically reduce' consumer food waste

GM Arctic Apple promises to ‘dramatically reduce’ consumer food waste

I’m an apple loyalist—I pack one as an after-lunch snack nearly every day of the week. So I jumped at ...
Scientist raised next to sugarcane farm where controlled burning rampant explains ecological benefits of GMO sugar beets

Scientist raised next to sugarcane farm where controlled burning rampant explains ecological benefits of GMO sugar beets

In the early 90s, I lived in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, known for music, art, and its green Valle del Turbio. This ...
Egypt develops high-yield arid-resistant GMO wheat but activist opposition blocks biotechnology advances

Egypt develops high-yield arid-resistant GMO wheat but activist opposition blocks biotechnology advances

Researchers at Egypt's National Research Center (NRC), affiliated with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, obtained a patent for ...
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Banning glyphosate: France may replace well-tested herbicide with pelargonic and other more toxic ‘natural’ chemicals

Activists say glyphosate can be replaced with natural herbicides—but "natural" doesn't necessarily mean that they're safer or better for the ...
Genetically modified healthier foods: Will consumers accept Cargill's low-fat GMO canola oil?

Genetically modified healthier foods: Will consumers accept Cargill’s low-fat GMO canola oil?

Rich Fletcher spent 11 years tinkering with the genetics of the canola plant in pursuit of a single goal: Lowering ...
Fraudulent 'organic' food imports overwhelming USDA, investigation finds

Fraudulent ‘organic’ food imports overwhelming USDA, investigation finds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture fails at regulation of organic food as fraudulent products overwhelm the agency’s conflicted, compromised system, ...
Global glyphosate herbicide ban would cause substantial damage to economy and environment, study shows

Global glyphosate herbicide ban would cause substantial damage to economy and environment, study shows

A new study finds that a ban on glyphosate would cause billions of dollars in economic losses and increase the ...
Milk without cows: Commercialization of synthetic dairy products in the works

Milk without cows: Commercialization of synthetic dairy products in the works

Berkeley-based Perfect Day – which is creating ‘vegan’ dairy proteins without cows – is in talks with food industry partners ...
Canada proposes new limits—but no ban—on neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees

Canada proposes new limits—but no ban—on neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees

The [Canadian] federal government has proposed tighter restrictions around two insecticides that are harmful to bees, but stopped short of ...
Should we create 'genetically superior' bee species resistant to varroa mites?

Should we create ‘genetically superior’ bee species resistant to varroa mites?

In Australia, the bee industry is trying to find a way to protect Aussie bees from the varroa mite before ...
EPA reverses course, says neonicotinoid insecticides benefit soybeans, other crops

EPA reverses course, says neonicotinoid insecticides benefit soybeans, other crops

EPA has reversed an Obama-era determination that seeds treated with commonly-used neonicotinoid insecticides bring little benefit to soybean production, a ...
Gates Foundation, EU pledge over $500 million for agricultural research and innovation

Gates Foundation, EU pledge over $500 million for agricultural research and innovation

The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged ... more than €500 million [$589 million] over ...