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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Let’s recognize Roundup Ready and Bt crops as major contributions to sustainable farming

This is the first in a three-part series making the case that the development of biotech traits for insect resistance ...
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Climate change ready crops? Gene editing and other genomic advances show promise

Development of climate resilient crops with accelerating genetic gains in crops will require integration of different disciplines/technologies, to see the ...
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Viewpoint: Examining the science denial behind IFOAM—Organics International

The true-believers in organic agriculture, such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM—Organics International), are as deluded as ...
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Synthetic biology and viewing life not as ‘a mystery but as a machine’

Imagine a future where synthetic jellyfish roam waterways looking for toxins to destroy, where eco-friendly plastics and fuels are harvested from ...
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Mozambique farmers hope drought-tolerant GMO seeds can help them adapt to changing climate

Natural disasters like extreme drought and floods are prevalent in Mozambique, and the country has experienced about 15 protracted droughts ...
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How synthetic biology can help world meet UN sustainable development goals

The agenda of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges the synthetic biology community—and the life sciences as a whole—to develop transformative ...
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Viewpoint: Food companies’ ‘meaningless’ non-GMO labels insult farmers, threaten food sustainability

The conditions that will befall our food system require innovative solutions like those offered by biotechnology to ensure food security ...
Managed well, cattle feedlots can be the environmental and ethical smart choice

Managed well, cattle feedlots can be the environmental and ethical smart choice

Although grass-fed is touted as the environmentally and ethically best choice for beef eaters, feedlots often outperform on both fronts ...
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Plant ‘vaccines’, CRISPR gene editing could increase crop yields and reduce pesticide use

When European researchers recently announced a new technique that could potentially replace chemical pesticides with a natural “vaccine” for crops, ...
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Regenerative agriculture: Can ‘carbon farming’ help battle climate change by improving soil health?

[Regenerative agriculture's] guiding principle is not just to farm sustainably — that implies mere maintenance of what might, after all, ...
First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest ...
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Agricultural tech startup Indigo uses microbes to improve crops

In humans, a healthy microbiome—the universe of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that lives inside all of us—is increasingly recognized as critical ...
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Some in Germany’s Green Party reconsidering long-held opposition to GMOs and genetic engineering

Genetic engineering is the devil's tool of the agricultural industry, dangerous to health and the environment. Or so you could summarize the ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘organic’ should be redefined to include GMOs

The challenges of sustainable food production without damaging the environment for a growing human population have increased considerably. The current ...
Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Experts estimate we’ll be eating the first CRISPR produce — likely strawberries or another type of fruit — within five ...
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Viewpoint: Both pro- and anti-GMO factions often lose sight of sustainable farming goals

In pursuit of sustainability, shoppers are reaching for the organic apple or the GMO-free chips. But if we truly want ...
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Reviving the American chestnut: 10,000 blight-resistant GMO trees being grown in New York

For nearly 30 years, researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry have been ...
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Bill Gates endorses CRISPR gene editing to spur food, medical innovation

Philanthropist Bill Gates today strongly endorsed new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR, saying they could help humanity overcome some ...
Scientists are skeptical of regenerative agriculture's 'extraordinary claims'

Scientists are skeptical of regenerative agriculture’s ‘extraordinary claims’

What is regenerative agriculture? Why is it different from sustainable agriculture? And how do I reconcile what practitioners of this system ...
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Large-scale switch to organic farming would imperil natural habitats, study finds

Organic agriculture is not as good for the environment as commonly believed, according to a new scientific study reviewing multiple lines of ...
Talking Biotech: How do we decide whether to use gene drives?

Talking Biotech: How do we decide whether to use gene drives?

Science and technology scholar Jennifer Kuzma: The social and political considerations of using gene drives to combat human diseases, weeds, ...
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Should we use gene editing to save obscure tree ‘with no commercial value’?

The growing forest health crisis is forcing scientists, conservationists, and the public to answer some of conservation biology’s thorniest questions ...
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25 years of GMO crops: Economic, environmental and human health benefits

Since the first GMO crop was developed in 1994, genetically modified foods have provided countries around the world with economic, ...
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Will people drink beer made with GMO yeast? Brewers are skeptical

Brewing beer, it is often said, is both an art and a science. New research, however, has some in the ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Circumventing evolution’ with genetically modified trees puts ecosystems at risk

That many forests in the United States are suffering health crises is not in question. Much of this troubling condition, ...
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How indoor farming and ‘metagenomics’ could change how we grow vegetables

Trevor Charles has three decades of experience in bacterial genetics, molecular biology and metagenomics and is CSO at Metagenom Bio Inc ...

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