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Bt cotton helped Indian farmers, but success not uniform

Cotton is a light and breathable fabric but it sure does get itself into some very contentious debates. It has been a central ...
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India should not rush to decide on GM crops without rational public debate

The public debates on GM began with the unannounced entry of Bt cotton in Gujarat, where the farmers had grown 21,000 acres ...

‘Big Oil’ can’t ‘buy’ science organizations on climate change, neither can Monsanto on GMOs

Would you eat a plant that makes its own toxic pesticides, contains DNA from viruses and bacteria, sports genes that ...

GM corn no longer resistant to tropical pests in Brazil

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to ...

Label this: Anti-GMO activists’ stance posing ‘actual threat’ to public health

This spring, Vermont passed a law requiring any food that includes genetically engineered ingredients - otherwise known as "GMOs" for ...

Chinese researchers edit genes to make fungal-resistant wheat

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that ...

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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Sweet corn roadside taste-off: Customers learned, sampled and chose GE over conventional

GM foods are disparaged by some critics because they allegedly promote 'industrial agriculture,' such as growing grains for animals or ...
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...