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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part II)

Has the promise of the agricultural biotech revolution been oversold? Why are so many otherwise progressive thinkers so resistant to ...
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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Here in the first of a two part series presented exclusively at the Genetic Literacy Project, Ramez Naam -- a ...

Fears of GMOs based on ‘commercial politics’, says Gates director

The following is an excerpt. European fear of genetically modified organisms has more to do with “commercial politics than it ...

‘Gene-editing’ expected to develop disease-resistant breeds

The following is an excerpt. Scientists have developed a method of creating genetically modified animals that addresses one of the ...

Wild parent spawns super salt-tolerant rice

The following is an excerpt. Farmers are set to reclaim salt-ravaged land thanks to a single rice plant born of ...

Chlamydia is killing koalas—will genetics find a cure?

The following is an excerpt. Why do some koalas die from chlamydia and an AIDS-like retrovirus whereas others manage to ...
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Middle school experiment suggests health benefits of organic food — for fruit flies, at least

A student's experiment, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that flies fed on organic fruits and veggies were healthier ...
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As final approval of GM salmon nears, debate heats up

In an online debate, AquaBounty president Elliot Entis discusses his company's GM salmon with author Paul Greenberg, a critic of ...
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How will synthetic biology shape the future of agriculture?

Synthetic biology may have huge benefits for agriculture, but it will challenge human value systems ...
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On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason

It’s challenging to name a more influential food writer than The New York Times’ Mark Bittman—nor one less informed and ...

Do we need synthetic fertilizers?

The following is an excerpt. According to organic advocates Tom Philpott and Barry Estabrook, we don’t need synthetic fertilizers at all. Both argue ...
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To battle blight, organic apple farmers use antibiotics

Organic farms' use of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections raises questions about labeling transparency and greener alternatives ...

Genetic modification: Time for a more nuanced debate

The following is an excerpt. What is a person with a conscience to think about the fraught and complex issue of ...

Why “playing God” could help the human race

The following is an excerpt. Despite the frequently encountered argument that scientists are ‘playing God’ with nature, the pros of ...

Tanzania considers applying biotechnology in cotton farming

The following is an excerpt. The government recognises the potential of modern biotechnology in reviving the country's cotton industry, the ...
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Can Syngenta help make open-source GMOs a reality?

In a new initiative, Syngenta will make its genetic engineering tools and GM plant varieties freely available for non-profit researchers ...
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Are we on the cusp of a bio-industrial revolution?

Imagine a biosynthetic hardware store, where researchers can cherry-pick exactly the correct parts to build whatever they’d like. Just as ...

Ugandan farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

The following is an excerpt. The legalisation of biotechnology is not to outlaw organic farming, which is to sustain soil ...

Anti-GMO attitudes on the left and right

The following is an excerpt. If you follow public debate on genetically modified foods, you know that Monsanto is routinely ...

Eating organic food associated with longer lives (in flies)

The following is an edited excerpt. In a new study at Southern Methodist University, researchers raised fruit flies on extracts of ...

Nigeria: President urged to sign Agricutlural Biotechnology Bill

The following is an excerpt. Senator Bukola Saraki has urged President Goodluck Jonathan, to, as a matter of urgency, give ...
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GMO opponents rail against the “Monsanto Protection Act”

A new resolution would seem to place the commercial concerns of Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of GM crops and ...

Who wants to live alongside sabre-toothed tigers?

The following is an excerpt. A few weeks back I chanced across a post by Carla Sinclair at BoingBoing in which she ...

Tanzania: President wants GMOs taken aboard

The following is an excerpt President Jakaya Kikwete has called for change of negative mindset on the adoption of Genetically ...
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The lowdown on GMOs with Kevin Folta

Plant geneticist Kevin Folta argues that "GMO debate" is entirely in the minds of campaigners; the science is settled as ...

Ghana: Farmers receive education on modern biotechnology

Farmers noted that over the years several interventions of modern technology in increasing production were brought to their doorsteps yet ...

Philippines: Resistance to Golden Rice

The following is an excerpt. The Philippine Rice Institute (Philrice) has finished the field testing of golden rice in Camarines ...

Ireland: GM potato resists blight, not mistrust

The following is an edited excerpt. Ewen Mullins is a plant scientist whose work on a genetically modified potato inherently ...