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Nature’s must-read issue on genetically modified organisms

Keith Kloor dissects and summarizes Nature magazine's special issue on genetically modified organisms ...

A forward-looking Kenya can lead the movement for global food sufficiency

The following is an excerpt. A newly-elected government provides a country with a rare opportunity for a fresh start, and ...
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The promise, the reality, and the future of GM crops

A special issue of Nature News separates fact from fiction when it comes to GMOs ...

Why GMO supporters should embrace labels

The following is an excerpt. Keith Kloor has graciously given me the opportunity to guest post here again.  So let ...
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Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Despite exaggerated claims from various media outlets over the weekend, the innovations that led to the hornless dairy cow are ...

Peru says no to GMO

The following is an excerpt. Peru was the cradle of the Inca Empire, and today it’s home to many crops indigenous ...

Farmers’ battles with weeds are aided, not hurt, by biotech

The following is an excerpt. When the biotechnology antagonists try to stoke fear by warning about “superweeds,” they make these ...
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Wary development NGOs should reconsider biotechnology

The world of science, technology and engineering might seem, for good reason, miles away from the day-to-day work of most ...

Six reasons organic is NOT the most environmentally friendly way to farm

The following is an excerpt. Contrary to widespread consumer belief, organic farming is not the best way to farm from an environmental ...
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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part II)

Has the promise of the agricultural biotech revolution been oversold? Why are so many otherwise progressive thinkers so resistant to ...
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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Here in the first of a two part series presented exclusively at the Genetic Literacy Project, Ramez Naam -- a ...

Fears of GMOs based on ‘commercial politics’, says Gates director

The following is an excerpt. European fear of genetically modified organisms has more to do with “commercial politics than it ...

‘Gene-editing’ expected to develop disease-resistant breeds

The following is an excerpt. Scientists have developed a method of creating genetically modified animals that addresses one of the ...

Wild parent spawns super salt-tolerant rice

The following is an excerpt. Farmers are set to reclaim salt-ravaged land thanks to a single rice plant born of ...

Chlamydia is killing koalas—will genetics find a cure?

The following is an excerpt. Why do some koalas die from chlamydia and an AIDS-like retrovirus whereas others manage to ...
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Middle school experiment suggests health benefits of organic food — for fruit flies, at least

A student's experiment, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that flies fed on organic fruits and veggies were healthier ...
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As final approval of GM salmon nears, debate heats up

In an online debate, AquaBounty president Elliot Entis discusses his company's GM salmon with author Paul Greenberg, a critic of ...
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How will synthetic biology shape the future of agriculture?

Synthetic biology may have huge benefits for agriculture, but it will challenge human value systems ...
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On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason

It’s challenging to name a more influential food writer than The New York Times’ Mark Bittman—nor one less informed and ...

Do we need synthetic fertilizers?

The following is an excerpt. According to organic advocates Tom Philpott and Barry Estabrook, we don’t need synthetic fertilizers at all. Both argue ...
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To battle blight, organic apple farmers use antibiotics

Organic farms' use of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections raises questions about labeling transparency and greener alternatives ...

Genetic modification: Time for a more nuanced debate

The following is an excerpt. What is a person with a conscience to think about the fraught and complex issue of ...

Why “playing God” could help the human race

The following is an excerpt. Despite the frequently encountered argument that scientists are ‘playing God’ with nature, the pros of ...

Tanzania considers applying biotechnology in cotton farming

The following is an excerpt. The government recognises the potential of modern biotechnology in reviving the country's cotton industry, the ...
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Can Syngenta help make open-source GMOs a reality?

In a new initiative, Syngenta will make its genetic engineering tools and GM plant varieties freely available for non-profit researchers ...
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Are we on the cusp of a bio-industrial revolution?

Imagine a biosynthetic hardware store, where researchers can cherry-pick exactly the correct parts to build whatever they’d like. Just as ...

Ugandan farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

The following is an excerpt. The legalisation of biotechnology is not to outlaw organic farming, which is to sustain soil ...

Anti-GMO attitudes on the left and right

The following is an excerpt. If you follow public debate on genetically modified foods, you know that Monsanto is routinely ...