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Podcast: What it means to be a ‘sustainable’ farmer

Tim Hammerich sat down with journalist Marc Brazeau, founder and director the Food and Farm Discussion Lab for his Future of Agriculture Podcast. His question ...
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Blight-resistant GMO potatoes reduce pesticide use 80% in Ireland field trial

The environmental impact of potato production can be reduced by 95% by using a genetically modified (GM) blight-resistant potato in ...
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UN food group: Sustainable bioeconomy can help tackle hunger, poverty and climate change

If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such ...
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Once-promising field of advanced biofuels is in ‘shambles’—can it be revived?

[Jay Keasling, a synthetic biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and chief executive of the Joint BioEnergy Institute] did ...
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How GMO crops can benefit Nigerian farmers

The application of modern Biotechnology in an integrated multi-disciplinary approach can be a valuable ‘tool’ for addressing the several challenges ...
Viewpoint: European organic industry's obsession with 'natural' threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

Viewpoint: European organic industry’s obsession with ‘natural’ threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

What is nature? What is natural? Philosophers have been arguing about this since antiquity. Supporters of organic farming seem to ...
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Viewpoint: Legal certainty, public support needed to unlock biotech’s potential in Europe

A new age is dawning in Europe, one that offers an opportunity to fully realize the power of biotechnology to ...
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Ugandan farmers struggling with cassava viruses await GMO solution

Cassava is a major staple food for millions of people in the tropical regions of the world. In Uganda it ...
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Can CRISPR and gene editing save our ‘devastated’ coral reefs?

Coral reefs have been devastated in recent decades by "bleaching" events caused by overheating oceans and other factors that kill off ...
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‘Ecomodern Eating’: Why agricultural productivity and innovation are key to sustainable food and farming

Sunday, April 22nd, marked nearly 50 years since millions of people gathered for the first Earth Day. Their celebration raised awareness ...
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Viewpoint: 8 things Vandana Shiva needs to know about US farmers and GMOs

In mid-April, famous anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva was paid nearly $20K by my hometown university to speak on campus. While I can appreciate her ...
Is monoculture a bad thing? It's time to revise simplistic ideological narrative

Is monoculture a bad thing? It’s time to revise simplistic ideological narrative

Biotech critics frequently claim that conventional agriculture and GMOs promote monoculture farming, which is harmful to biodiversity. A closer look ...
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Genetic engineering has ‘enormous potential’ to solve environmental problems in Africa, scientists say

[S]cientists and government officials, in a series of exclusive interviews with the Alliance for Science, opined that biotechnology is one ...
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The ambitious effort to sequence the DNA of earth’s 1.5 million animals, plants and fungi

In what will undoubtedly be the largest genomic sequencing effort of all time, an international consortium of researchers is organizing ...
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Viewpoint: David Suzuki’s views on GMOs ‘well outside the scientific mainstream’

Mr. Suzuki is known by most as a twinkly-eyed old sage with a harmless message about living in tune with ...
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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 ...