Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary's opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary’s opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Deb Haaland’s nomination to head the Interior Department has advanced to the full Senate, but the New Mexico representative weathered ...
Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

The latest numbers on honeybee colonies have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they show that the ...
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25 years of GMOs: 4 farmers weigh in on the costs and benefits of biotech crops

[29-year-old Lewis] Stearns is part of a generation of farmers that has grown up with GM technology, which now is ...
Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

Will consumers accept the world’s first gene-edited tomato?

[Japanese startup Sanatech Seed’s] Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato was developed using cutting edge CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. It contains ...
Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

Biden Administration reviewing USDA proposal to take over animal gene-editing regulation from FDA

A Department of Agriculture spokesman said in February that [the decision to shift regulatory authority of genetically modified livestock] is ...
Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Biofuels are liquid fuels made from biomass (plant or animal organic materials) and used primarily in transportation, which is almost ...
Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Insect-resistant Bt rice nutritionally equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart, study finds

Researchers from the Republic of Korea documented that Bt rice is compositionally equivalent to its non-Bt counterpart by using four ...
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Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

[B]ecause of Brexit, [the UK] has an opportunity to diverge from EU [agricultural] regulations. In a consultation that [ended] on ...
‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

‘Gene editing is part of the solution’: With other sustainable farming tools, it will help us beat climate change

Despite changes in temperature, humidity and fertilizer application, [plants of the future] must be able to produce optimally. In addition, ...
GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

GM crops with bigger, deeper roots could help restore depleted topsoil

[A] good portion of topsoil—the black fertile dirt that looks exactly like what you buy at the home and hardware ...
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Insect-resistant, GM, Bt corn could help Kenya keep cancer-causing mycotoxins out of its food supply

[The Kenyan] Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) slapped a ban on maize imports from Uganda and Tanzania, saying tests on ...
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Podcast: Why no flu season? Cloning endangered species; Free speech vs science on college campuses

The world has experienced a shockingly mild 2020-2021 flu season, defying the expectations of many infectious disease researchers. How is ...
GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

GM, insect-resistant, Bt cowpea could generate more than $638 million for Nigeria over next six years

The newly released Bt cowpea facilitated by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is expected to generate over $638 ...
April Florida Keys release of GMO mosquitoes engineered to curtail Zika, dengue and malaria on track despite protests

April Florida Keys release of GMO mosquitoes engineered to curtail Zika, dengue and malaria on track despite protests

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [recently announced] a wide and vague planned range of deployment for the lab-designed mosquitoes ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance ...
Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Video: Lab-grown meat is a global sensation. But can it really help battle climate change?

Last year, Singapore became the first country to allow the sale of lab-grown meat.  BBC Minute takes a look at ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

Nigeria could save $168 million worth of chemical import annually from the production of the new maize variety.  [TELA maize ...
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Viewpoint: France’s anti-GMO Green Party committed to a dying breed of ‘radical’ environmentalism

[The French Green Party is] well on their way to becoming the last dinosaurs of a ridiculous and radical ecologism ...
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Global food system responsible for 34% of greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

We have developed a new global food emissions database (EDGAR-FOOD) estimating greenhouse gas (GHG; CO2, CH4, N2O, fluorinated gases) emissions ...
Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

The trend of moving away from the traditional burger intensified [recently], when it was announced that McDonalds and Yum! Brands ...
Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible's 'mark of the beast'? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible’s ‘mark of the beast’? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Some fundamentalist Christians allege that COVID vaccines are "the mark of the beast" described in the Biblical book of Revelation ...
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Is Europe’s Farm 2 Fork plan to expand organic farming really all that good for the environment?

[The European Union's "Farm to Fork" policy] seeks to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers by 50% by 2050 ...
Namibia begins pesticide spraying to end locust infestation threatening its crop-producing regions

Namibia begins pesticide spraying to end locust infestation threatening its crop-producing regions

Swarms of migratory locusts invaded fields in Kavango East and West... destroying crops and other vegetation in their wake, and ...
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Agriculture and climate change: Taking the best of all farming systems could tip the carbon scale in the right direction

Agriculture contributes a significant portion of the world's climate-changing greenhouse gases. In turn, changes in climate will reduce agricultural yields ...
'Regenerative medicine' could help produce synthetic meat that mimics the texture and mouthfeel of steak

‘Regenerative medicine’ could help produce synthetic meat that mimics the texture and mouthfeel of steak

Tissue engineering of cultured meat is under development at several centers worldwide. However, most biosynthetic meat products are amorphous or ...

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