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Latest ecological fake news scare: Like the ‘honeybee armageddon’ narrative, pesticide-driven ‘insect-pocalypse’ claim is collapsing

The 'bee-pocalypse' was an exaggerated fiction grounded in genuine concerns. The 'insect-pocalypse' is more of the same ...
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Animal cells grown on grass could yield next version of lab-grown meat

Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat ...
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Plan to battle citrus greening disease in Florida with antibiotics sparks backlash from activists, some scientists

In the next month or so, orange trees across Florida will erupt in white blossoms, signalling the start of another ...
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Crop biotechnology can aid environmental conservation, African scientists say

Over the years, many plant and animal species have disappeared from Earth, in part due to human degradation of the ...
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Viewpoint: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal wants to make agriculture sustainable—but farmers beat her to it

The Green New Deal puts forth a lot of idealistic proposals without much specificity, strategic planning, or research ...
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Lab-grown, plant-based meats raise thorny ethical questions about animal welfare, sustainability

Meatless Monday. “Vegetable-forward” restaurants. Plant-based diets. Foregoing meat is more mainstream than ever before, and at the center of this ...
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Podcast: Primer on bees, varroa mites and the ‘Beepocalypse’ that never was

This time it’s all about the bees! From the composition of a working hive to the diseases that plague honey ...
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‘Regenerative agriculture’: World-saving idea or food marketing ploy?

You’re about to start seeing the term “regenerative” when you scan packages of Cheerios and boxed mac and cheese in ...
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US lawmakers spar over future of lab-grown, plant-based foods

Towering over a wooden podium in the Arkansas General Assembly....Republican representative David Hillman, a self-declared calf-roper, spoke of steak to ...
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Viewpoint: Agroecology is a ‘dead end’ for African farmers trying to achieve food security

For the past 50 years, Daisy Namusoke has grown crops on her small plot of land in the Buikwe District ...
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Malawi inches closer to commercializing GMO Bt cotton as crop yields double in field trials

Malawi is inching closer to commercializing Bt cotton as research into the genetically modified crop is at an advanced stage ...
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Using genetic engineering to turn annual crops into perennials could bolster global food production

One of the ways we could increase yields--and improve sustainability--would be to convert key grain crops into perennials, allowing them ...
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Booming sales suggest non-browning Arctic apple could be breakthrough product, overcoming anti-GMO fears

Jack Bobo doesn’t hold back when talking about the Arctic Apple. He believes the non-browning apple could change how people ...
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Viewpoint: While Kind Bar debunks ‘healthy’ organic sugar claim, it promotes equally deceptive non-GMO labels

Dear Kind Bar: [On March 6] you delighted people in the agriculture and science communities. Clif Bar tried to shame ...
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Investors back alternative protein startups as lab-grown, plant-based foods ‘flood’ the market

Cell-cultured meat, plant-based foie gras, algae milk and seaweed caviar are just some of the increasingly sophisticated alternative protein options ...
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African farmers want GMO seeds to help weather climate change

It’s an old proverb in these lands that since man has learned to shoot without missing, birds have learned to ...
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How genetically engineered crops can boost Africa’s fight against malnutrition

Engineered crops can provide the long-sought breakthrough in food security for Africa ...
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Digital agriculture: Data-gathering robots, drones may be the future of farming

For six generations, Ben Riensche’s family has tended corn and soybeans outside Jesup, a town of 2,500 on the windswept ...
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As sugar demand falls, gene editing could ‘reinvent’ sugarcane as green energy

Sugar has long been a source of energy for people, but now scientists believe they are close to unlocking its ...
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Key ‘non-GMO’ ingredient for next plant-based burger may come from algae

Triton Algae Innovations - a San Diego-based firm building a production platform for food proteins from algae - says it ...
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Tomorrow’s scientists developing CRISPR-edited crops to boost sustainable farming

Three graduate students highlight their efforts to breed disease-resistant crops and teach science to consumers ...
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Oxford zoologists: Insect decline studies could erode confidence in science if not held to rigorous standards

Global rates of insect decline will be very hard to measure. Conclusions regarding drivers and rates of declines can be ...
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Podcast: AquaBounty says GMO fish can’t survive in wild, no threat to Alaska’s wild salmon industry

AquaBounty’s CEO says Alaska’s wild salmon industry has nothing to fear from the genetically engineered salmon her company plans to ...
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Will ‘Green New Deal’ mean the end of hamburgers?

Amid the various critiques of the proposed Green New Deal, few capture the alarmism of the American right quite like ...
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New database tracks development of CRISPR-edited plants to spur biotech crop innovation

Recently developed gene editing tools, such as CRISPR / Cas, allow plant scientists to discover the functions of innumerable plant ...
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Are houseplants indoor air filters? Science busts a popular home gardening myth

Houseplants have much to recommend them. They’re fun to care for, they look good on Instagram, and they express environmental ...
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Buy local; save the bees; avoid GMOs: Americans’ top food-related causes

For companies to successfully fulfill [consumer demand for transparency], they need to be in tune to what causes and concerns ...
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Viewpoint: Clif Bar is ‘concern trolling’ competition with its organic food propaganda

Clif Bar published an open letter [March 6] to their “largest competitor” in the New York Times. The letter asks the CEO ...