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Biotechnology could offer “quantum leap” for Nigerian agriculture

An interview with Dr. Abubakar Lawali, a Plant Breeder is with the Department of Crop Science of Faculty of Agriculture, ...
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Rethinking GM, conventional, and organic food safety

What is "food safety?" Any pronouncement of "safety" is a qualified assessment and subject to being wrong depending on the ...
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GMOs won’t kill you, but that organic cupcake might

With the level of scrutiny that goes into genetic modifications versus the level of scrutiny in the organic food industry, ...
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American Academy of Pediatrics says conventional/GM foods as healthy as organics

In its first official report on organic foods, the academy said that organic and conventionally produced foods are nutritionally equivalent ...

Scientists advance the mapping of the barley genome

In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome--one of the world's most ...

New life for the dead: Stem cells from corpses’ scalps

Death will come for us all one day, but life will not fade from our bodies all at once. After ...
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Scientists increasingly support sustainability advantages of GM crops

The idea that genetic modification is in itself harmful now appears to be a minority viewpoint. Scientists are decisively coming ...
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Chilling effect of FDA slowness on approving GM animals that would lead to sustainable foods

A salmon with designer DNA has been in regulatory limbo since the Food and Drug Administration concluded that the fish ...

Napiergrass: A potential biofuel crop?

A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet ...

‘Semi-dwarf’ trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crops

The same "green revolution" concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world ...

Growing better poplars for biofuels

It took mankind millennia of painstaking trial and error to breed hardier, healthier food crops. "We can't wait that long ...

Sorghum eyed as a southern bioenergy crop

Sorghum is an ideal candidate because of its drought tolerance, adaptability to diverse growing conditions, low nitrogen fertilizer requirements, and ...
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Could Bioimimicry solve global hunger?

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature for inspiratioin order to solve human problems. The latest wave of biomimicry ...

Are biorefineries the future?

I caught an interesting report last week by John Licata, founder of Blue Phoenix Inc. via CME Group in a ...
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Food labeling: Should environmentalists be pro-GM?

Half a century on from Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring, debate rages over GM food labeling proposals ...

Mexico: Biotechnology is important for increasing yields and reducing pesticide usage, says report

The Confederation of Mexican Cotton Association (CMCA) believes that biotechnology is an important tool in increasing yields and reducing pesticide ...

Futurist envisions aquaculture and GMOs to feed the planet

It’s been said that, when it comes to the future of food, thought falls along one of two paths. There’s ...
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Genetic engineering: Is it a a food fix or does it cause more problems?

Genetically engineered (GE) crops are often discussed as the way to feed the world’s growing populations and to mitigate the ...
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Organic myth: No evidence that expensive ‘natural’ foods are healthier or better for the environment

There is remarkably little difference in nutritional value or risk for bacterial contamination between more expensive organic and conventional foods ...

In the European Union, there is a call for “evidence, not emotion” on GM foods

Professor Anne Glover said Europe could only achieve sustainable intensification if we become more open-minded. “What we do now will ...

Discovery of plant gene lays groundwork for improved biofuel processing

Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to ...

Genetically engineered algae for biofuel could pose potential risks

Algae are high on the genetic engineering agenda as a potential source for biofuel, and they should be subjected to ...

Investment goes into new bioenergy crop research

A $1.37 million (€1.1 million) grant is set to allow researchers to study and potentially develop shrub willow as a ...

Human-assisted evolution to help animals survive a human-dominated age

UK-based photographer Vincent Fournier collaborated with scientists to create his digitally enhanced photographs of genetically modified animals better suited to ...

Could genetically modified seeds be a drought solution?

Could genetically modified seeds be a drought solution? While farmers across the country struggle with the worst drought in 50 ...

Seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change

Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are ...

Willow could be a promising bioenergy crop

The commercialization of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop could be years closer, thanks to a $1.37 million grant that ...
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Would Rachel Carson embrace ‘frankenfoods’? Scientist believes ‘yes’

The ‘Frankenfoods’ debate is coming to your dinner table. This debate is particularly poignant because fifty years ago this September, ...