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54% of consumers want sustainable food, survey shows, but knowledge of nutrition, farming lacking

Topics like sustainability, plant-based diets and clean eating seem to permeate news about food, but it turns out they’re not ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Toxic’ chemicals fueled post-WWII economic boom—here’s why that’s a problem

[B]efore [World War II], the vast majority of Americans lived in cities, or they lived on farms. Suddenly, with all ...
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Irish scientist calls for reopening GMO debate

Award-winning Irish biochemist Dr. Richard Murphy says it’s time to revisit the debate around the use of genetically modified organisms ...
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Study reveals how pink bollworm may evolve resistance to GMO Bt crops

Insect resistant Bt crops are widely grown in many countries all over the world to prevent pest attacks in highly ...
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Plant-based Burger King whopper heads to Sweden, sans key GMO ‘Impossible’ ingredient

.... Burger King [began] selling a new plant-based burger in Sweden [on May 23]. [T]he new menu offering [is] “a ...
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Podcast: Where blackberries came from—and how genetics made them so delicious

Blackberries are a popular, healthy fruit consumed by people all over the world. Over the last century, significant progress has ...
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Vinegar, Epsom salts, Dawn weed killer mix superior alternatives to synthetic herbicides? ‘Nonsense,’ gardening expert says

You know, the most wonderful thing about social media and the internet is that everything you read there is true! ...
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As orange growers battle citrus greening disease with antibiotics, should we fear ‘super bugs’?

A pernicious disease is eating away at Roy Petteway’s orange trees. The bacterial infection, transmitted by a tiny winged insect ...
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‘Nature’s pest controllers’: How wasps reduce chemical pesticide use in farming

Scientists have put together a map of the UK's wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by ...
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United Nations: Intensive agriculture driving bee declines, threatening global food security

Declining bee populations pose threat to global food security and nutrition FAO urges countries to step up efforts to protect ...
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Open-source gene expression platform could yield more efficient food, biofuel crops

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time -- a breakthrough that ...
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Market for agricultural robots expected to hit $87.9 billion by 2025

A new report by market analysts and consultants Tractica has said that global shipments of robots designed for agricultural use ...
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Viewpoint: Organic agriculture subsidies finance ‘anti-modernist’ farming ideology

The health and environmental benefits claimed by organic agriculture are based on shaky scientific foundations ...
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With Burger King plant-based whopper available nationwide, meatless meat ‘here to stay’

Gone are the days when vegan meat was derided as tasteless — a sacrifice vegetarians made in service of a ...
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Afraid of GMOs? Thousands of studies, strict regulations show there’s nothing to fear, farmer says

GMOs have been widely misunderstood. People are concerned about their health and the environment (and they should be worried about ...
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Viewpoint: How ‘insect Armageddon’ stories erode public trust in science

When I was growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, long before we spent our evenings drawn to the soft glow of ...
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Chickens don’t want to be ‘free range,’ they prefer being indoors, Australian government veterinarians says

Do chickens really like being free-range? It seems like a dumb question. Who wouldn't like a big green paddock full ...
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USDA launches genomics ‘blueprint’ initiative to enhance sustainable farming as global food demand booms

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) blueprint, published [May 16] in Frontiers and Genetics, will serve as a guide for ...
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Viewpoint: Lab-grown meat should replace farm animals as food

Why so many people resist cultured meat -- and why they shouldn't ...
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Brexit could free UK farmers to embrace CRISPR-edited crops, help meet global food demand, says UK former food and agricultural secretary

UK farming has been held back by the hostility of the EU to new technology, which is causing European research ...
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Viewpoint: Let’s change how we farm and eat to stop ‘climate breakdown’

My spirits have been lifted by Greta Thunberg, the school climate strikers, Extinction Rebellion, and – perhaps most strikingly – ...
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Viewpoint: India’s GMO Bt eggplant ban drives farmers to buy black market biotech seeds

Bt brinjal [is] being illegally cultivated in the country—the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources has just confirmed this for ...
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GMO chestnut trees could help revitalize New York’s Native American communities

The American chestnut once dominated the eastern forests of the United States. A fungal pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica, was introduced to ...
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Podcast: Could a benign virus save Florida’s devastated orange industry from citrus greening disease?

Huanglongbing, or HLB, is the Chinese term for the Yellow Dragon Disease–usually referred to as citrus greening.  The disease first ...
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Cardboard-tasting tomatoes? 5,000 newly identified genes may lead to more flavorful fruit

Almost everyone agrees that most store-bought tomatoes don't have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and ...
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DNA sequencing reveals complicated evolution of peanuts, staple crop grown on 64 million acres worldwide

According to the USDA, farmers around the world grow 44.9 million metric tons of peanuts on more than 64 million ...
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Breeding better steak: Geneticists aim to streamline development of heat-tolerant cattle

For Raluca Mateescu, the battle against climate change involves an unusual task: breeding a better steak. A researcher at the ...
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Viewpoint: Regulators should embrace the Vatican’s decade-old endorsement of GMOs

If only legislators and regulators would “get religion" and take the Pontifical Academy’s decade-old recommendations to heart ...