With droughts escalating, and no current tools of use, scientists and farmers look to CRISPR gene editing

With droughts escalating, and no current tools of use, scientists and farmers look to CRISPR gene editing

Scientists fear that we're entering a megadrought that could last decades.  As agriculture consumes 80 percent of available water nationwide ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Viewpoint: Hard truths about regenerative agriculture — When marketing hype is embraced as policy

Viewpoint: Hard truths about regenerative agriculture — When marketing hype is embraced as policy

Words like artisan, craft, sustainable, and now regenerative are used to promise something better to the consumer, but at the ...
Food from thin air? Transforming carbon emissions into protein could clean up pollution and reduce land needed to feed billions of people

Food from thin air? Transforming carbon emissions into protein could clean up pollution and reduce land needed to feed billions of people

Around the world, forests are being cut down to grow protein-rich soya to feed to animals. Using solar power to ...
Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

A Swedish Food Agency report compared environmental impacts of conventional farming against those of organic farming ...
Recycling on steroids: Making new clothes out of spoiled milk

Recycling on steroids: Making new clothes out of spoiled milk

Did you know that 116 million tons of dairy products are wasted globally, with about half lost before even reaching ...
‘Despite the challenges of misinformation, the technology has enjoyed the confidence of farmers, researchers and policymakers’: Bt insect-resistant cotton celebrates 20 years of increased productivity

‘Despite the challenges of misinformation, the technology has enjoyed the confidence of farmers, researchers and policymakers’: Bt insect-resistant cotton celebrates 20 years of increased productivity

In the year 2022, Bt cotton will complete two decades of cultivation in India. Despite the challenges of misinformation, the ...
Can next-generation agriculture become a climate change solution — rather than a carbon generator?

Can next-generation agriculture become a climate change solution — rather than a carbon generator?

Carbon farming includes a variety of agricultural methods aimed at sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil. These farming practices can ...
Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Soil microbes are hard to see and understand, yet we know that they have a significant impact on plant health, ...
When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

The composition of our air and water is different from what it was even a few decades ago. There is ...
Vaccine in development that could protect honeybee populations from pesticide poisoning

Vaccine in development that could protect honeybee populations from pesticide poisoning

The solution is about the size of a grain of pollen, and when ingested by bees, allows the creatures to ...
How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

After an arduous process that took more than 25 years from time of conception to commercialization, the GMO salmon was ...
Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Though some are still scattered across the country, the [American] chestnut has been functionally extinct for 70 years.  But science ...
CRISPR 3.0: A giant leap forward in the quest for climate-conscious farming

CRISPR 3.0: A giant leap forward in the quest for climate-conscious farming

In a study in Nature Plants, Yiping Qi, associate professor of Plant Science at the University of Maryland (UMD), introduces a ...
80% less greenhouse emissions generated: The world’s first cell-based, lab grown meat factory just opened in Israel

80% less greenhouse emissions generated: The world’s first cell-based, lab grown meat factory just opened in Israel

Israeli biotech company Future Meat has opened what it claims to be the “world’s first industrial cultured meat facility,” a ...
‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?' — 'Supertrees' engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?’ — ‘Supertrees’ engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

Capitalizing on trees’ ability to function as natural carbon capture machines, Reddit’s former CEO is now running a company that ...
Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

[S]cientists are figuring out how to make animal protein without using any animal cells at all – by using fermentation ...
Does ‘intensive agriculture’ make pandemics more likely? That’s the claim. Here are the facts

Does ‘intensive agriculture’ make pandemics more likely? That’s the claim. Here are the facts

Animals can cause diseases in humans. That won't surprise you. What may surprise you is to read that these diseases ...
Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Viewpoint: Why banning neonicotinoids is a well-meaning but misguided strategy to protect bees and other pollinators

Unfortunately there is quite a bit of dis-and misinformation about what harms bees. For instance, [Maine] lawmakers recently passed a ...
Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Using genetics… scientists have isolated the gene in cattle which causes excess methane production. Through selective breeding, it claims this ...
Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

The goal is to produce twice as much food using half the land and half the inputs. These changes are ...
Facing an uncertain, climate-altered future, here is how scientists are revamping crops

Facing an uncertain, climate-altered future, here is how scientists are revamping crops

[A new wheat variety called] Kernza brings higher yields and can contain more seeds per stem than average wheat. And ...
‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

We have pescatarians, vegans, flexitarians, locavores and of course vegetarians. But what’s the word for those of us who make ...
Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Europe currently is heavily dependent on imports for food products as well as animal feed, particularly soy and corn. But ...
These genetically-modified poplars are easier to cut down — and can produce more bioethanol

These genetically-modified poplars are easier to cut down — and can produce more bioethanol

Wood mainly consists of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin… In [genetically] modified poplars, one of the molecules involved in the production ...
Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties

Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties

Though breeding programs using genome editing remain in their infancy on the African continent, public research institutions are leading the ...
Don't believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture starting to implement its organic food rules. They allow ...
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