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CRISPR gene editing knocks out viruses responsible for billions of dollars in crop losses

Viruses cause billions of dollars in losses for many food, feed, and fiber crops, including staples like wheat, rice, potatoes, ...
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Video: Biotech firm Syngenta defends GMO crops, Impossible Burger as climate change mitigation tools

Syngenta Chief Executive Officer Erik Fyrwald discusses the need to help farmers adapt to climate change, genetically-modified food and the ...
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Plant-based meat critics say it’s not as healthy or sustainable as proponents claim. Let’s look at the nutrition and ecological science.

Education is not enough. Taste, cost, and convenience play dominant roles in shaping food choices ...
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GMO crops with enhanced carbon-storing ability could help slow climate change

More than 10 percent of the Earth’s land-surface is cropped, about 3.7 billion acres of carbon sequestration Farmers’ toolkits for ...
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Drones detect plant pests, dispatch natural predators to kill them

In Santa Monica, Calif., researchers flew drones with light-sensitive cameras over a strawberry field to locate pest-damaged plants. Armed with ...
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GMO sustainability advantage? Glyphosate spurs no-till farming, preserving soil carbon

Skeptics of GMOs decry the growing practice of no-till farming and its connection to herbicide-tolerant crops. Yet, agronomists say good ...
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Growing diverse crops may not slow climate change as much as previously thought

Integrating perennial crops into corn and soybean rotations doesn't consistently increase the ability of soils to store carbon, according to ...
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Plant biologist explains how disease-resistant crops could help prevent global famine

Each month, those working at the pioneering heart of Norwich Research Park [in the UK] tell us how their work ...
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CRISPR immunizes chickens against deadly virus, potentially boosting global egg and meat production

CRISPR genome editing has been used to make chickens resistant to a common virus. The approach could boost egg and ...
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Have regulators failed to address agriculture’s fertilizer pollution problem?

Everywhere Randy Souder looked, he saw mud. On his soggy fields. In the mechanized crannies of his planter. Along the ...
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Reforestation: Climate change solution or ‘ecosystem disservice’? Depends where you plant the trees

Reforestation is an important part of tackling climate change, but it seems we need to think carefully about where we ...
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The Varroa destructor mite is the greatest threat to US honeybees, and why things could get worse.

Researchers are looking at a long-term solution: develop bees that can fend off Varroa themselves ...
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We can sustainably feed 3.4 billion people. Study shows 4 eco-friendly farming practices will help produce food for 10 billion

Global agriculture puts heavy pressure on planetary boundaries, posing the challenge to achieve future food security without compromising Earth system ...
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Vertical farms, lab-grown meat: The sustainable future of food, or ‘wishful thinking’?

Farmers have grown food in roughly the same way for thousands of years .... Now, entrepreneurs say they have a ...
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Saving seafood: Lab-grown microalgae could help sustain the world’s overfished oceans

Oceans once teeming with life are being whittled away. Larger, predatory fish – salmon and tuna included – are now ...
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Afraid of glyphosate and other synthetic pesticides? You eat 10,000 times more of the natural ones made by plants

Fruits and vegetables have evolved thousands of built-in pesticides chemically similar to the ones created in labs ...
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Viewpoint: GMO crops should become a bigger part of the food system if we want a sustainable society

If we all work towards understanding science rather than being afraid of it, we can build a world where we ...
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Improved seeds key to sustainable food security, African plant breeders say

Strategies now being rolled out to ensure food security on the African continent are unsustainable, according to the African Plant ...
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Does organic mean ‘pesticide free’? 5 things to know about the USDA organic label

Here's what you're actually getting for that 'organic' premium price ...
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Using GMO technology to restore the blight-devastated American chestnut: State University of New York awarded breakthrough $3.2 million Templeton Foundation grant

[The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry] has received its largest-ever charitable gift, $3.2 million, ...
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Famine in Africa and the Middle East? Devastating stem rust fungus threatens global staple crop, but genomic solution may finally be on the horizon

These tools could give wheat, one of our most important staple crops, some much-needed relief ...
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10 things you should know about Impossible Foods’ new GMO plant-based ‘pork’

Here comes the other faux white meat. Impossible Foods, the brand behind [2018's] Impossible Burger 2.0 craze, captivated the attention ...
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Plant growth ‘on/off’ switch could help safeguard crop yields as farmers battle climate change

New research from UC Riverside identifies a protein that controls plant growth -- good news for an era in which ...
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Biotech marijuana: Israeli startups aim to breed cannabis plant that’s easier to cultivate

Israeli medical cannabis company Cann10 has signed an agreement to team up with Israeli biotech company Epigenetics to form Cann10 ...
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With 92% of U.S. corn coming from GMO plants, farmers see yield boom despite severe flooding

Under pressure from soggy fields, late planting and bouts of early winter weather, American corn and soy plants proved resilient ...
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Eat less meat to cut CO2 emissions? That may not make your diet climate friendly, study shows

In global diets, meat is not necessarily the main driver of dietary carbon emissions, finds a new study published in ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bee-pocalypse’—one of the 2010s biggest overblown moral panics

Human beings are anxious creatures. We worry about things that might kill us. We worry about things that might kill ...
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Succulents for dinner? Heat-tolerant ‘sea beans’ may become important food source as climate change accelerates

In southern Israel’s stifling heat, rows of salicornia, commonly known as sea asparagus or sea beans, grow under translucent tarps, ...