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Engineering rice plant roots increases crop yields in salty soil, study shows

Genetically improving the root system architectures of plants is an effective strategy for developing climate-resilient crops. In this study, we ...
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Podcast: Activism’s dark side—Earth Liberation Front bombs ‘GMO’ tree lab, destroys endangered plants instead

Law enforcement agencies keep a watchful eye on environmental groups that have engaged in eco-terrorism, notably Greenpeace and PETA, and ...
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Viewpoint: American agriculture could ‘unravel’ without major sustainability changes

Picture an ideal dinner plate. If you’re like most Americans, it features a hearty portion of meat, from animals fattened ...
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Judge may reject FDA AquaBounty GMO salmon approval, citing risk to ‘local ecology’

At a hearing [August 25], U.S. District Judge Vincent Chhabria said he’s concerned that AquaBounty, the biotech company behind the ...
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Rainfed GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton in India cuts pesticide use 28 percent, study finds

Scientists from Alagappa University in India conducted a study to analyze the performance of insect resistant Bt cotton in rainfed areas. The results are published ...
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Study challenges prior research blaming decline of monarch butterflies on deaths during annual migration

A new study suggests that extensive agricultural use of glyphosate herbicide is to blame for the decades-long decline in North ...
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Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat dismiss criticism from rival Lightlife Foods as a PR stunt

In an open letter slammed by Impossible Foods as cynical and disingenuous and dismissed by one commentator as a “PR ...
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Lightlife urges Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods to drop ‘hyper-processed ingredients, GMOs’ from plant-based burgers

About a year ago, Lightlife President Dan Curtin challenged his team to make the cleanest plant-based burger they could create, ...
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Video: USDA to decide fate of American chestnut restoration

University researchers are seeking approval to restore the iconic chestnut to American forests by using a genetically engineered (GE) variety ...
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Viewpoint: Farm to Fork failure—How Europe’s ‘obsession’ with organics undermines the global sustainable farming movement

Europe’s quest to confront climate change and achieve carbon neutrality is being undermined by “Big Ag”? That’s not my claim. It’s the ...
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How tech-driven, ‘eco-rational’ environmentalism can help solve the world’s problems

Few of us are committed to having an evidence-based worldview — it’s truly hard to do. We have to remain ...
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Seafood of the future: Could lab-grown fish replace its wild and farmed relatives?

Do we need animals to make meat? What if we could grow cells outside the body of an animal to ...
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Cuba expects massive crop yield increase with GMO insect-resistant, herbicide-tolerant corn

In the midst of a deep food crisis and a shortage of supplies in the country, the Cuban regime opened ...
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CRISPR cows could boost sustainable meat production, but regulations and wary consumers stand in the way

When Ralph Fisher, a Texas cattle rancher, set eyes on one of the world’s first cloned calves in August 1999, he ...
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Bt cotton in Africa: Role models and lessons learned

Africa’s cotton farmers are struggling to recoup their investments because they lack access to quality seeds that can increase yields ...
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Florida green lights release of malaria- and Zika-fighting GMO mosquitoes

Florida Keys officials have voted to allow the experimental release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into a yet-to-be-decided area ...
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Viewpoint: How prosperity and technology are defeating ‘environmental pessimism’

In 1980, the year that PERC was founded, I spent three months in the Himalayas working on a wildlife conservation ...
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USDA invites public comment on petition to approve GMO chestnut tree

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a petition ...
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Video: GMO insect-resistant Bt corn vs conventional corn—which is more vulnerable to pest attacks?

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. A video of my farm on social media has attracted more than ...
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Podcast: Covid conspiracies; Cuba embraces GMOs; biotech vs. nature’s ‘mindless dangers’

A fearful public accepts conspiracy theories because they offer a sense of control in an uncontrollable situation, says a young ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bird apocalypse’? Study wrongly blames neonicotinoid pesticides for declining bird biodiversity

Though periodic deaths of bees continue to happen, and have been documented for as long as records of bees have ...
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Vegan eggs, lab-grown beef jerky and 10 other alternative proteins we could be eating soon

[On August 11], Big Idea Ventures (BIV) announces the launch of its second food technology accelerator program in New York City ...
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Sustainability report questions Beyond Meat’s environmental benefits, but is it a fair analysis?

Beyond Meat is lacking in environmental impact disclosures when compared to conventional meat giants Hormel and Tyson Foods, according to ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs a ‘corporate plot’ to control the food supply, and 9 other biotech myths, debunked

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” It most commonly refers to organisms—often plants—that have been modified to achieve desired traits, ...
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Regenerative agriculture is a ‘nonsense’ solution to climate change, soil scientist warns

People need to "wake up" and realize regenerative agriculture is "just nonsense", says Dr Doug Edmeades. In fact, the Hamilton-based ...
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Viewpoint: Europe must abandon ‘fear of progress’ to defeat anti-science chemophobia

A site like European Scientist has one hope: that the 2020s will be the decade of renewal for European scientific ...
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Viewpoint: Animal agriculture is growing more sustainable, so don’t blame it for climate change

Simply put, U.S. cattle aren’t the major driver of climate change. So Americans can feel good about whatever kind of ...
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Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Tinted, semi-transparent solar panels can generate electricity and simultaneously produce nutritionally-superior crops, offering farmers the prospect of higher incomes and ...