Climate change fuels rising arsenic levels in rice. GM crop varieties, new growing techniques could cut toxic exposure

Climate change fuels rising arsenic levels in rice. GM crop varieties, new growing techniques could cut toxic exposure

Rice is particularly vulnerable to arsenic uptake because unlike most crops, it grows in flooded conditions with anoxic soil. Microbes ...
GMO ban in food-insecure Ghana would be ‘dangerous,’ deputy agriculture minister warns

GMO ban in food-insecure Ghana would be ‘dangerous,’ deputy agriculture minister warns

[A December 7 Agriculture Manifesto Forum organized by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana] discussed the strategies in the 2020 ...
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GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization

Rothamsted Research, a United Kingdom plant science research institute, has signed a collaboration agreement with a bioscience company that brings ...
Bangladesh could double crop production by 2030 with help of GM technology, experts say

Bangladesh could double crop production by 2030 with help of GM technology, experts say

USAID and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted [a virtual] event to learn from stakeholders about challenges, prospects, and ...
Plant-based meat: Wholesome food, science experiment—or both?

Plant-based meat: Wholesome food, science experiment—or both?

Makers of plant-based meat deal with a constant balancing act between promoting their products as simple, wholesome food and also ...
Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Current genome-editing technologies are more efficient than ever before, making it possible to modify genes as if editing sentences on ...
High-tech solutions emerge to help quell Africa’s catastrophic locust outbreak – the worst in decades

High-tech solutions emerge to help quell Africa’s catastrophic locust outbreak – the worst in decades

[Masters student Amoah Idun and his team] glue a 150mg tracking device to a chosen [locust’s] thorax, looking like a ...
Infographic: Crop biotech boosts farm productivity $225 billion, improving lives of millions globally

Infographic: Crop biotech boosts farm productivity $225 billion, improving lives of millions globally

More than 25 years have passed since the first biotech crops were introduced. Since then, genetically modified crops using biotechnology ...
Gene-edited, pollen-free cedar tree could help allergy sufferers breathe easier in spring

Gene-edited, pollen-free cedar tree could help allergy sufferers breathe easier in spring

It is said that 30% of people are suffering from pollinosis [hay fever]. Research on producing pollen-free Sugi [Japanese red cedar] ...
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GM eggplant helps farmers reduce pesticide use and increase profits, study finds

Bangladeshi farmers significantly reduced pesticide use and increased their profits by growing genetically modified (GM) eggplant, a new study confirms ...
Cell-cultured 'chicken bites': Cruelty-free meat produced in a lab without slaughtering an animal approved for sale for first time, in Singapore

Cell-cultured ‘chicken bites’: Cruelty-free meat produced in a lab without slaughtering an animal approved for sale for first time, in Singapore

[C]ultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority ...
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Sustainability gap on Farm to Fork: What are the global consequences of Europe’s embrace of ‘green political correctness’

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart ...
Molecular breeding accelerates disease-resistant crop production—needed more than ever in developing world

Molecular breeding accelerates disease-resistant crop production—needed more than ever in developing world

To adequately confront rapidly changing plant pests and diseases and safeguard food security for a growing population, breeders — in ...
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Relying on agroecology will jeopardize Africa’s food security, farm official warns

An international push for Africa to adopt agroecology as its main agricultural production method threatens to jeopardize the continent’s food ...
‘People always have, and likely always will, fear new things’: Why we still can’t buy AquaBounty's GM salmon

‘People always have, and likely always will, fear new things’: Why we still can’t buy AquaBounty’s GM salmon

An ordinary salmon could take three years to grow, while AquaBounty’s fish grows to full size in just eighteen months. What ...
Gene editing could fight deadly diseases in fish, boosting sustainable aquaculture

Gene editing could fight deadly diseases in fish, boosting sustainable aquaculture

Developing effective treatments – like vaccines – can be challenging, take many years and can be difficult to manufacture and ...
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‘Unlikely alliance’: Farm Bureau joins green advocacy groups to tackle climate change

What if the best way to get Western farmers to reduce their carbon emissions and adopt greener practices was to ...
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Viewpoint: GM crops could help slow climate change. Will environmental groups block their development?

A lot of environmentalists raise money talking about climate change, but their energy recommendations - mitigation, rationing, high cost - ...
Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

In the midst of a ferocious debate over the future of biotechnology in Latin America, the Peruvian Congress recently extended ...
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Pandemic food shortages could boost Ghana’s acceptance of insect-resistant GM Bt cowpea

The Covid-19 pandemic is increasing public interest in local food production, which may boost consumer acceptance of the insect-resistant genetically ...
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‘Highly unusual’ apple variety discovered in the UK

Archie Thomas, from the Nadder Valley in Wiltshire, came across across a windfall apple on a wooded trackway near his ...
5 foods that have shaped landscape, culture and politics throughout history

5 foods that have shaped landscape, culture and politics throughout history

As the World Economic Forum features its Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good virtual event from 23-24 November 2020, ...
Seaweed could ‘neutralize’ stubborn methane emissions from cows, slowing climate change

Seaweed could ‘neutralize’ stubborn methane emissions from cows, slowing climate change

Reducing methane from livestock, and cows in particular, has long been a goal of scientists and policymakers but is especially ...
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UK doesn’t want to ‘slavishly follow’ Europe’s pesticide, gene-edited crop rules, secretary of state says

Rural industries such as sheep farming are seeking answers as to what Brexit will mean for them. The implications of ...
Nigeria has approved GM insect-resistant Bt cotton and cowpea. Could drought-tolerant rice and disease-resistant cassava be next?

Nigeria has approved GM insect-resistant Bt cotton and cowpea. Could drought-tolerant rice and disease-resistant cassava be next?

Patience Koku knows better than most the damage that bollworms can cause to a textile industry. A former fashion entrepreneur, ...
Global crop yields projected to drop as temperatures rise, new study finds

Global crop yields projected to drop as temperatures rise, new study finds

The warmer temperatures associated with climate change are projected to significantly reduce yields of the world’s staple food crops, a ...
CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

For more than two decades, I have been working to improve several staple food crops in Africa, including bananas, plantains, ...
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Viewpoint: Climate change threatens our forests. Smarter fire control and sustainable logging can help us fight back

There has been an ongoing debate about the viability of tree planting and forest restoration to fight climate change. But ...
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