Breeding to battle potato late blight disease in Uganda: What once took 46 years, now takes just a few with biotechnology

Breeding to battle potato late blight disease in Uganda: What once took 46 years, now takes just a few with biotechnology

[A new variety of] potato— named 3R potato— could help protect farming families… in Uganda and possibly elsewhere in Africa ...
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Viewpoint: How proposed legislation billed to ‘save the bees’ will actually harm them — and the economy

Henry Miller | 
The myth about endangered, disappearing honeybees lives on — with potentially dire implications. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, just ...
Are biofuel vehicles a more sustainable alternative to electric battery-operated cars?

Are biofuel vehicles a more sustainable alternative to electric battery-operated cars?

Ellen Brown | 
[I]n a recent article in the Los Angeles Times and related video, Evan Halper argues that we may be trading ...
Textile transformation: Turning recycled carbon emissions into athletic apparel

Textile transformation: Turning recycled carbon emissions into athletic apparel

Recycling carbon is a fundamental element of the circular economy, which will keep fossil carbon in the ground, reducing pollution ...
Catastrophic claims of an ‘insect armageddon’ misrepresent the science

Catastrophic claims of an ‘insect armageddon’ misrepresent the science

Matt Ridley | 
“The insect apocalypse is here,” said the New York Times in 2018. “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’,” said ...
GLP Podcast: When science isn't about evidence; Bayer pulling Roundup off retail shelves; Kenya approves GMO cassava

GLP Podcast: When science isn’t about evidence; Bayer pulling Roundup off retail shelves; Kenya approves GMO cassava

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
A researcher who challenged the consensus on obesity was blasted in the media by her colleagues. Is this an example ...
Viewpoint: Carbon-preserving regenerative agriculture inextricably linked to CRISPR and gene edited crops

Viewpoint: Carbon-preserving regenerative agriculture inextricably linked to CRISPR and gene edited crops

Emma Kovak | 
As governments and industries work toward a net-zero future, the food system remains a stubborn source of one-third of total global emissions ...
Insect farming is all the rage. Here’s why it might not be such a good idea

Insect farming is all the rage. Here’s why it might not be such a good idea

Jeff Sebo | 
Interest in insect farming is booming. Insects have been heralded as a sustainable alternative to traditional animal agriculture, with a ...
Plastic into protein? It may seem far-fetched, but a ‘food generator’ is in the works

Plastic into protein? It may seem far-fetched, but a ‘food generator’ is in the works

Georgina Jadikovskaall | 
Two U.S. scientists have won a 1 million euro ($1.18 million) prize for creating a food generator concept that turns ...
With climate uncertainty rising, Asia looks to gene editing to meet growing food demands

With climate uncertainty rising, Asia looks to gene editing to meet growing food demands

Ravi Khetarpal | 
There are about 688 million people undernourished in the world, of which 351 million – more than half — live ...
Viewpoint: Investing in regenerative agriculture is the latest self-congratulatory easy-fix trend in fashion. Here’s why it can’t solve all our problems

Viewpoint: Investing in regenerative agriculture is the latest self-congratulatory easy-fix trend in fashion. Here’s why it can’t solve all our problems

Theresa Lieb | 
Investing in regenerative agriculture is the latest trend in fashion. This year, the Kering Luxury Group — home to brands ...
Cell-grown fish may beat lab-meat to the market

Cell-grown fish may beat lab-meat to the market

Lillian Stone | 
Cell-cultured meat may seem like a far-off prospect, a Jetsons-level protein source only available in a grim, distant future.  ...
RNA tweak: Engineering rice and potato plants boosts yields by 50%

RNA tweak: Engineering rice and potato plants boosts yields by 50%

Louise Lerner | 
Manipulating RNA can allow plants to yield dramatically more crops, as well as increasing drought tolerance, announced a group of ...
Viewpoint: Organic farming’s 44% productivity gap makes for a facile sustainability case, New Zealand agricultural scientist says

Viewpoint: Organic farming’s 44% productivity gap makes for a facile sustainability case, New Zealand agricultural scientist says

Jacqueline Rowarth | 
With all the research and information available it is extraordinary that the myth of organics – that the food is ...
Synergistic effect of ‘agricultural chemical cocktails’ commonly used by farmers pose harm to pollinating insects

Synergistic effect of ‘agricultural chemical cocktails’ commonly used by farmers pose harm to pollinating insects

Ula Chrobak | 
For bees, the threats are numerous, including habitat loss, climate change, and intensive agriculture. As fields of flowering plants are ...
Most plant-based proteins are made from soy. From microalgae to fermented fungi, these surprising sources are bringing us the faux meat of the future

Most plant-based proteins are made from soy. From microalgae to fermented fungi, these surprising sources are bringing us the faux meat of the future

Oliver Morrison | 
What will take on the ubiquitous soy and pea?​ As well as chickpea, other plant proteins have come to the ...
How 'cattle charlatan' Allan Savory hijacked the ‘regenerative ranching’ movement

How ‘cattle charlatan’ Allan Savory hijacked the ‘regenerative ranching’ movement

Erik Molvar | 
Given the billions of humans on the planet and the futility of feeding them all on hunting and gathering from ...
To adapt to changing climates, we need to overhaul how we breed corn and soybeans

To adapt to changing climates, we need to overhaul how we breed corn and soybeans

Marianne Stein | 
U.S. corn and soybean varieties have become increasingly heat and drought resistant as agricultural production adapts to a changing climate ...
‘We already have the products. All we need is the scale, the money, and the will': Are we on the verge of revolutionizing meat and dairy production?

‘We already have the products. All we need is the scale, the money, and the will’: Are we on the verge of revolutionizing meat and dairy production?

Emily Baker | 
According to [billionaire Jim] Mellon’s predictions, the food industry is set to see some big changes over the next decade ...
Could underwater strawberries and deep-sea herbs provide a more sustainable alternative to land-based farming?

Could underwater strawberries and deep-sea herbs provide a more sustainable alternative to land-based farming?

Natalie Marchant | 
An over-reliance on pesticides, displacement of wildlife, the wasting of gallons of water and the generation of harmful emissions are ...
Seed treatment overload? Are there unintended consequences from a popular practice?

Seed treatment overload? Are there unintended consequences from a popular practice?

Emily Unglesbee | 
For the first time in nearly a decade, Dan Hesterberg poured a few bags of untreated corn seed into his ...
Can synthetic biology be scaled up quickly enough to make significant progress against climate change?

Can synthetic biology be scaled up quickly enough to make significant progress against climate change?

Leanne Kemp | 
In cities, something like 40 or even 50% of food doesn’t even reach our plates. [Claudia Vickers, Director of the ...
Universities racing to update curriculums to catch up with technology-driven ‘future food’ revolution

Universities racing to update curriculums to catch up with technology-driven ‘future food’ revolution

Michael Wolf | 
[N]ow that food companies big and small are embracing new technologies to create alternative forms of meat, universities around the ...
Meet the ‘disruptive technologies’ revolutionizing aquaculture

Meet the ‘disruptive technologies’ revolutionizing aquaculture

Kangning Yue, Yubang Shen | 
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector, per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and ...
Lab-grown meat dilemma: Sustainable alternatives to livestock farming held back by patents, reluctance to share research and lack of government support

Lab-grown meat dilemma: Sustainable alternatives to livestock farming held back by patents, reluctance to share research and lack of government support

Jack McGovan | 
[M]any technological, social, and economic hurdles remain before our supermarkets are filled with a variety of cultured cutlets. To surpass ...
'Covid exposed so much that was broken': How can we remake our post-pandemic food system?

‘Covid exposed so much that was broken’: How can we remake our post-pandemic food system?

Laura Reiley | 
The United States spends $1.1 trillion a year on food. But when the impacts of the food system on different ...
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