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Term ‘genetic modification’ loaded with baggage, undermining rational debate

With food security firmly on the international agenda, there's a growing appetite to look again at the opportunities promised by ...
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Anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva has long history of rejecting science

Vandana Shiva is a chain reaction that cannot be stopped. It can only be witnessed from a safe distance. The ...
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GM critic says biotech proponents perpetuate African dependency and poverty

The recent article, GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty, published in the Guardian’s PovertyMatters Blog on ...
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Fast-growing AquaBounty GM salmon ‘precedent-setting’, offers sustainability advantages

A genetically modified salmon, called AquAdvantage, is awaiting FDA approval, and, when it does, the fish should be available for ...

Africa ‘missed out’ on Green Revolution, needs ‘growth spark’ from biotech

Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A ...
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GMOs could save honeybees by eliminating virus and mites

President Obama has made saving pollinators a top priority, announcing the assembly of a task force designated to saving the ...
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Promise of CRISPR gene editing–and the challenges

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and ...
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FBI turns up heat on Mike Adams as ‘Health Ranger’ fiasco widens, plus Adams’ archive

Mike Adams, who advocates the murder of those who believe GM technology can play a constructive role in food and ...

2014 World Food Prize recipient: ‘Shameful’ if India lets biotech pass

Dr Sanjaya Rajaram often remembers that his mentor, Nobel Peace prize winner Dr Norman Borlaug, always said: “Peace does not ...
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European scientists call for GMO legislation revamp to prevent stifling genome editing

Genome editing, a powerful technology that allows researchers to make minute changes to crops with pinpoint accuracy, could be stifled ...

Study claiming organic more nutritious captures why it’s harder to figure out risk

A study in the news last week perfectly captures why it’s getting harder and harder to figure out what’s risky ...

Video: Africa’s leaders need education about role of biotech in agriculture

As a boy growing up on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, Harvard international development professor Calestous Juma noticed ...

How GM crops can help address India’s food security problems

The new environment minister Prakash Javadekar is yet to take a call on allowing further trials of genetically-modified (GM) crops ...

Nigerian scientists declare opponents of biotech ‘enemies’ of African development

As the controversy over the safety of biotechnology continues, Nigerian scientists yesterday reiterated their stand on the safety of the ...

Anti-GMO activist campaign slams biofortified GM crops, claims biodiversity ‘far better’

Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have ...

Why GM debates do not persuade public opinion

When, earlier this year, SciDev.Net decided to host a live online debate around genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, it was because we knew ...

Plant-based, animal-free cow’s milk soon to be reality with GM yeast

Biohackers Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are working on crafting a plant-based concoction that’s nearly identical in makeup to what’s ...

No fooling science with anti-GMO myths

The internet is full of false information about genetically modified crops and derived food. Unfortunately the average person — including many ...

Biotech can help increase food security in sub-Saharan Africa but opportunities ignored

Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day ...

Will consumers accept GM yeast that could save our oceans?

Scientists at DuPont have genetically modified a yeast to produce a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, essential to human health and ...
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Video: Sequencing of bread wheat genome ‘game-changer’ for meeting climate change challenge

Scientists reported a draft sequence of bread wheat's genetic blueprint, boosting efforts to produce new varieties of bread wheat that ...

Harvard scientists call for debate on new gene-manipulation technique

A powerful new technology could be used to manipulate nature by “editing” the genes of organisms in the wild, enabling ...
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For your daily bread, give thanks to the latest genetic research

Bread wheat feeds about 30 percent of the human population, and thanks to two recent major genetic research developments, it ...

GM offers many opportunities to save lives in poorest countries but blocked by unnecessary regulation

I was at the International Consortium of Agricultural Biotechnology Research conference in Kenya. Despite security concerns, about 200 people braved ...

Tasmania’s poppy industry pushes to lift GMO ban

Tasmania's isolation and wilderness once made it a dumping ground for the British Empire's convicts. But these same qualities, and ...
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US farmers adopt biotech cotton, corn and soy in record numbers

USDA says farmers in the US adopt, in record numbers, genetically engineered corn, soy and cotton crops that are herbicide-tolerant, ...
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Scientists call for careful regulation of species-altering ‘gene drive’ technology

Scientists working at the cutting-edge of genetics say one possible application of a powerful new technology called genome editing has ...

Are ‘gene drives’ scary or promising?

Perhaps you've followed that teeny tiny controversy around genetically modified foods, the “GMO” debate. Or you watched the fierce back-and-forth over whether ...