Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

In the span of a few short years, gene editing has allowed scientists to begin rapidly and cheaply improving food ...
Saltwater algae genes could help engineer plants that survive in regions with high water salinity

Saltwater algae genes could help engineer plants that survive in regions with high water salinity

Researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in partnership with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have uncovered ...
Can Biden's USDA bring America's animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

Can Biden’s USDA bring America’s animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

I am in perhaps a somewhat rare position regarding the contemplated USDA regulatory framework, as I actually have several animals ...
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GM, insect-resistant Bt rice unlikely to pose a health risk, study shows

Rice is considered one of the most important staple food crops. Genetically modified (GM) Bt rice [harboring the] cry1Ab gene ...
Gene editing offers potential solution to orange growers struggling against citrus greening disease

Gene editing offers potential solution to orange growers struggling against citrus greening disease

Brazil is the world's largest orange producer, the state of São Paulo is a world leader in the production and ...
CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

Plants synthesize fatty acids in their leaves by using light. Prof. [Jay] Thelen and his team used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas-9 to ...
Could heart-healthy soybean oil pave the way for more gene-edited, biofortified foods?

Could heart-healthy soybean oil pave the way for more gene-edited, biofortified foods?

Transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) have been successfully used to develop premium quality high-oleic soybean oil from gene-edited soybean plants. The ...
Bamboo: Invasive nuisance, or untapped climate change solution for farmers?

Bamboo: Invasive nuisance, or untapped climate change solution for farmers?

Bamboo has a reputation problem in North America, registering in the collective imagination somewhere between tiki torches and a pain-in-the-ass ...
GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

Scientists have discovered how to genetically modify the camelina plant to produce pheromone precursors that can control agricultural insect pests ...
'Back to the future': The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

‘Back to the future’: The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

So what is the USDA’s proposal for the regulation of genetically engineered animals? In a nutshell, it proposes moving regulation ...
Taco Bell begins offering plant-based meat at UK, EU locations to win back vegan and vegetarian customers

Taco Bell begins offering plant-based meat at UK, EU locations to win back vegan and vegetarian customers

Starting January 7th, Taco Bell locations throughout the UK [began offering] plant-based meat from the brand Gold & Green ...
Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a ...
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Regulation gone wrong: A critique of the FDA’s nonsensical animal gene-editing rules

The “Guidance for Industry #187” entitled “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals” was published in the Federal Register ...
Microalgae could help remove nitrates, phosphates and herbicides from polluted waterways

Microalgae could help remove nitrates, phosphates and herbicides from polluted waterways

In recent years, the eutrophication that the [Spanish lagoon] Mar Menor has undergone, a process derived from the overload of ...
CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

[Most consumers] are blissfully unaware that the egg industry also slaughters billions of animals every year, but not to put ...
Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

The athletic-wear company [Adidas] announced on [December 28] that it's working on a new material, a plant-based leather that will ...
‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

In the United States, we live in an affluent culture whose standard of living is high compared to other nations ...
Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

Eliminating dairy cows would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions just 0.7 percent while cutting essential nutrient supply, study finds

A commonly suggested solution to reduce greenhouse gas output has been to reduce or eliminate [the dairy] industry in favor ...
We’ll all be vegans by 2050? How GM microbes and alternative proteins are changing our diets

We’ll all be vegans by 2050? How GM microbes and alternative proteins are changing our diets

The plant-based meat market is predicted to grow from $3.6 billion in 2020 to $4.2 billion by 2021. And by 2040, 60 ...
RNA technology gave us a COVID vaccine. It could also help control plant pests without insecticides

RNA technology gave us a COVID vaccine. It could also help control plant pests without insecticides

With the development of Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, RNA technology has been dominating the news cycle. … A decade ago, ...
‘Like putting 5 locks on a door’: Wheat with multiple rust resistance genes could protect vital staple crop

‘Like putting 5 locks on a door’: Wheat with multiple rust resistance genes could protect vital staple crop

[R]esearchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, led an international effort to develop wheats with a stronger and potentially more ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
Go vegan to save the planet? No-meat diet won’t stop climate change, environmental scientists say

Go vegan to save the planet? No-meat diet won’t stop climate change, environmental scientists say

People in industrialized regions like the United States of America or Europe are generally urged to eat less meat and ...
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US grew 13 million pounds of genetically modified apples in 2020, but most fruit growers still resist growing biotech crops

[G]rape and nut growers appear to have sustained a particularly rough 2020. But that was probably due at least as ...
Burger tax? Study says we should raise meat prices to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Burger tax? Study says we should raise meat prices to cut greenhouse gas emissions

As the planet continues to warm, researchers continue working to better understand the sources of greenhouse emissions. In this new effort, ...
Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

When was the last time you read an online magazine or newspaper, only to find yourself bombarded with shopping ads ...
Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

Water stress arising from drought conditions can trigger outbreaks of bark beetles, wood borers, and sap feeders like spider mites ...
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