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Food Waste

EPA, USDA, FDA launch food-waste collaboration to help ‘build sustainable agricultural’ system

On October 30, 2019 the leaders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department ...
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We need pollinators to grow food in space, but bees may not survive harsh extraterrestrial environment, study shows

One of the world’s newest space analogs is inside a white ziggurat on top of a former nuclear bunker in ...
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Robot-powered plant science helps grape growers predict yields, detect pest threats

For grape growers, accurately predicting each season’s yield is key to a successful harvest. Underpredict, and you won’t have enough ...
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Viewpoint: Why agroecology alone won’t boost sustainable farming in the developing world

Global farmers must not only feed ten billion people by 2050 but do so while lowering agricultural greenhouse gas emissions ...
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Podcast: Should you eat ‘fake meat’? Geneticist Chana Davis breaks down the GMO Impossible Burger controversy

The Impossible Burger has exploded in popularity across the US, with grocery stores and popular fast-food chains like Burger King ...
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Rat-munching monkeys could protect palm oil, most widely consumed vegetable oil, from rodents

Found as an ingredient in many processed and packaged foods, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil. Now, ...
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Soil fungi turn struggling wheat into ‘climate-smart’ crop with boosted nutrient uptake in new study

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, 'climate smart' varieties of crops, ...
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Mennonite family shuns gadgets but grows GMO corn

How many days could you live without your cell phone, laptop or favorite communications tool? Modern technology has become such ...
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The Beepocalypse that wasn’t? Colony collapse disorder had ‘very small’ effects on commercial pollinators, study finds

Though colony collapse disorder has generated a great deal of concern, the phenomenon has had “very small effects” on commercial ...
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Viewpoint: On GMOs, energy production, ‘fear of progress’ is Europe’s main attribute

Shale gas, GMOs: here are two topics that usually arouse the public's worst fears. [Europe] has managed to ban the ...
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Engineered molecule could protect key food crops from intensifying droughts as climate changes

An engineered small molecule called opabactin that targets the receptor for the hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which plants release in ...
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Iron-carrying protein myoglobin improves growth, texture, color of lab-grown meat

A team of Tufts University-led researchers exploring the development of cultured meat found that the addition of the iron-carrying protein ...
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Viewpoint: ‘There are no long-term GMO safety studies,’ and 9 other biotech myths debunked

Can salt be a GMO? Is it true that no long-term studies have been done on GMOs? There are many ...
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Rodale Institute lashes out at Swedish study that finds yield shortfall, increased land use, ‘huge climate change downside’ in organic farming

Not surprisingly, the debate over organic versus conventional farming is heavily polarized in academic circles .... In December 2018, researchers ...
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Viewpoint: How agroecology can improve life for Africa’s smallholder farmers

The gravity of the numerous problems faced by smallholders is too great to allow for scientifically promising alternatives like agroecology ...
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Podcast: Plant diseases destroy $220 billion worth of crops annually. Meet the scientists fighting to protect our food supply

Looking at the massive selection of goods available in US grocery stores, most consumers likely don't realize just how hard ...
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Simple test could speed development of drought-tolerant wheat as climate change accelerates

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU), ARC Center of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food ...
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Pepsi, Target incentivize crop diversity on US farms to cut fertilizer pollution

There is a swath of the Gulf of Mexico that's virtually devoid of life because algae blooms have choked out ...
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Impossible Foods seeks approval for GMO plant-based burgers in biotech-wary Europe

Impossible Foods Inc. has applied to start selling its plant-based burgers in the European Union as it looks to expand ...
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If Britain and Wales went 100% organic, crop yields would crash by half and carbon emissions would double, UK study shows

Greenhouse gas emissions would go up if all farms in England and Wales went organic. Though the emissions of individual ...
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Dunkin’ launching Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich at more than 9,000 US stores in November 2019

Dunkin' is launching its Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich nationally in November, two months ahead of schedule, after a highly successful ...
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Viewpoint: From biofuels to food flavorings, here’s 10 ways biotechnology boosts sustainability

As climate change looms over our future, many industries are turning to biology for solutions to make all aspects of ...
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Argentina approves GMO virus-resistant potato expected to save farmers $45 million annually

After being de-regulated [in] August 2018, the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) [began] the formal process [of ...
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Here’s what you should know about disease-fighting GMO mosquitoes

Media references to Jurassic Park and 'mutant hybrid insects' are based on a thorough misunderstanding of this effective technology ...
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‘The Martian’: More science than fiction? Crops could grow in space, study suggests

Whoever is going to survive on the Moon and Mars is going to have to eat. There’s just one problem ...
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Beyond Meat pea supplier mulls lentils, oats, rice as beef substitutes to meet plant-based burger demand

One of the world’s biggest pea processors is considering expanding into fava beans as the boom in alternative proteins fuels ...
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Nigerian scientists call for biotech to address food security in Africa

“We need to do more advocacy for biotechnology in Nigeria and ensure accurate dissemination of scientific information." ...
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Viewpoint: New Zealand’s ‘archaic’ GMO laws hold back research that could boost sustainable farming

New Zealand's archaic GMO laws heavily regulate the research and release of genetically engineered organisms. Those wanting to test on ...