Mexico takes a step toward allowing GM corn

As California voters were considering whether to require food with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such, the ongoing ...

Biotechnology and green “urbaneering” go hand-in-hand

Mitchell Joachim, an associate professor at NYU and co-president of Terreform ONE , a nonprofit design organization based in Brooklyn ...

What’s in store for food reform in Obama’s second term?

When Obama was first elected, food reformers dreamt big. As Michael Pollan wrote just after the 2008 election in his ...

Organic farming may be less energy intensive

The Rodale Institute , which promotes organic farming, has been investigating this question for more than 30 years. It grows ...

“Oprah’s Farm” to capitalize on organic food craze?

On Monday, the New York Post unearthed a handful of applications to the US Patent and Trademark Organization for Oprah-branded ...

Cloning versus habitat protection in wildlife conservation

Biotechnicians want to use cloning to save endangered species, but they are having only limited success. Critics say that the ...

Last 500 Ethiopian wolves endangered by lack of genetic diversity

The last wolves in Africa face a difficult road if they are going to survive. Just 500 Ethiopian wolves (Canis ...
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Organic versus inorganic: an important distinction, but not for obvious reasons

The distinction between organic and inorganic -- natural versus unnatural -- carries massive cultural, historical, and social freight, as demonstrated ...

Six-year study of salmon genetics represents “a model of stakeholder participation”

A massive study of salmon genetics undertaken in Alaska over the last six years is notable both for its sheer ...
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Is organic agriculture “affluent narcissism?”

"Eating organic" has achieved almost cult-like status. Yet it rife with internal inconsistencies and seems to be a choice only ...
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Is organic agriculture “affluent narcissism?”

"Eating organic" has achieved almost cult-like status. Yet it rife with internal inconsistencies and seems to be a choice only ...
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Genetics at center of several “battlegrounds” in next 4 years

In the wake of Obama's victory, Wired takes a look at the battles to come in the next four years ...

Fungi offer non-GM way to enhance food crops

JOHANNESBURG, 7 November 2012 (IRIN) - As temperatures soar and droughts increase in frequency, scientists around the world are working ...

Biotechnology could offer “quantum leap” for Nigerian agriculture

An interview with Dr. Abubakar Lawali, a Plant Breeder is with the Department of Crop Science of Faculty of Agriculture, ...
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Rethinking GM, conventional, and organic food safety

What is "food safety?" Any pronouncement of "safety" is a qualified assessment and subject to being wrong depending on the ...
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GMOs won’t kill you, but that organic cupcake might

With the level of scrutiny that goes into genetic modifications versus the level of scrutiny in the organic food industry, ...
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American Academy of Pediatrics says conventional/GM foods as healthy as organics

In its first official report on organic foods, the academy said that organic and conventionally produced foods are nutritionally equivalent ...

Scientists advance the mapping of the barley genome

In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome--one of the world's most ...

New life for the dead: Stem cells from corpses’ scalps

Death will come for us all one day, but life will not fade from our bodies all at once. After ...
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Scientists increasingly support sustainability advantages of GM crops

The idea that genetic modification is in itself harmful now appears to be a minority viewpoint. Scientists are decisively coming ...
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Chilling effect of FDA slowness on approving GM animals that would lead to sustainable foods

A salmon with designer DNA has been in regulatory limbo since the Food and Drug Administration concluded that the fish ...

Napiergrass: A potential biofuel crop?

A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet ...

‘Semi-dwarf’ trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crops

The same "green revolution" concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world ...

Growing better poplars for biofuels

It took mankind millennia of painstaking trial and error to breed hardier, healthier food crops. "We can't wait that long ...

Sorghum eyed as a southern bioenergy crop

Sorghum is an ideal candidate because of its drought tolerance, adaptability to diverse growing conditions, low nitrogen fertilizer requirements, and ...
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Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...

Are biorefineries the future?

I caught an interesting report last week by John Licata, founder of Blue Phoenix Inc. via CME Group in a ...
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Food labeling: Should environmentalists be pro-GM?

Half a century on from Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring, debate rages over GM food labeling proposals ...