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Viewpoint: GMOs pose ‘systemic threat to humanity’? Debunking Nassim Taleb’s apocalyptic assault on crop biotech

Nassim Taleb is a statistician and financial risk analyst. As interesting as his observations about the uncertain risk of large ...
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Farmer’s open letter to skeptical consumers: We know science, glyphosate and GMOs are safe, and we need both to fight climate change

 Despite repeated assurances from the mainstream science community that our food supply is safe, many consumers remain highly skeptical of ...
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New insight into how plants breathe could lead to more water-efficient crops

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels -- the lungs of the leaf -- to transport carbon ...
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Book review: ‘The Lives of Bees’ offers 14 tips to help keep honeybees healthy and pollinating our crops

What were the lives of wild honey bees like before humans began intensively managing them and moving them all over ...
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3 things we should do to preserve insect biodiversity

Insects make up the bulk of terrestrial diversity. Reports of insect declines, best documented in Europe and North America, suggest ...
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‘Innovative’ GMO Impossible burger could help support US soybean growers, says USDA chief Sonny Perdue

Sonny Perdue may be a champion of agriculture and agribusinesses in all its forms. But even he isn’t immune to ...
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Uganda set to embrace artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, but biotechnology languishes

'Something fundamentally detrimental to the progress of scientific and technological innovations in the agriculture of our nation is happening.' ...
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Argentina approves fifth GMO cotton variety in effort to boost crop yields, spare natural resources

Argentina's Minister of AgroIndustry Luis Miguel Etechevehere and Christian Monty, Head of Global Cotton from BASF have announced the release ...
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Podcast: Indiana chefs contemplate serving GMO salmon as fish eggs begin hatching in nearby facility

Genetically modified salmon developed by biotech firm AquaBounty may soon be on the menu in the United States, possibly in ...
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German farmer’s group calls for updated EU GMO crop rules to combat climate change

German farmers want access to new breeding technologies to protect against climate change. This would require a change in the ...
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Saving bees ‘to death’? Our efforts to grow the honeybee population by using artificial hives may harm other pollinators

Everyone wants to save the bees. But as populations decline every year, we may be saving them to death. Human ...
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The first gene-edited soybean opens door to a slew of new CRISPR foods

The number of crop gene-editing projects underway around the world is astonishing ...
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New CRISPR-based platform detects plant pests, identifies useful traits for crop breeding

SHERLOCK technology is a new CRISPR-based platform that is rapid and portable and enables detection and quantitation of plant genes ...
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If US banned neonicotinoid insecticides, pesticide use could increase, posing threat to humans and pollinators, study suggests

New research from Gian Carlo Moschini at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Ed ...
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Podcast: CRISPR immunizes pigs against PRRS—deadly viral disease that costs $600 million annually

Christine Burkard, assistant professor of infection and immunity at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, says her team has devised a ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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Impossible Foods vs. Beyond Meat: Arms race to control booming plant-based burger market is on

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are served in almost 20,000 restaurants across the country, and the list of restaurant chains ...
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Podcast: As more US farmers retire, here’s how to recruit a new generation of growers to feed us

Is farming for the aging? While Paul McCartney ponders, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when ...
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‘Third way’ agriculture: How technology, good judgement can save our food supply from climate change

Imagine waking up in a world that has become so hot and so crowded that most of what you eat ...
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Newly identified rice gene could help develop drought-tolerant biotech crop varieties

Drought is one of the abiotic factors that affect the yield of crops. Studies have shown that basic leucine zipper ...
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Naturally occurring phosphorous in soil could cut synthetic fertilizer pollution, major threat to sustainable farming

Cornell University engineers have taken a step in understanding how iron in the soil may unlock naturally occurring phosphorus bound ...
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US college cafeterias, restaurants could be first to serve controversial GMO AquAdvantage salmon

Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny ...
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Attacking single gene in deadly parasite could protect honeybees from untreatable infection

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have taken the first step towards a weapon against the major honey bee parasite Nosema ...
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Podcast: More fearful of crop losses than jail, Indian farmers grow illegal GMO Bt eggplant

While Indian farmers have benefited tremendously from growing insect-resistant GMO cotton, the government has outlawed the cultivation of genetically engineered ...
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People in Africa eat GMO foods. So why do they oppose new crops developed by their own scientists?

GM foods are already sold in supermarkets throughout Africa, but the fear remains ...
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Light manipulation could cut indoor farming energy use 30-50% without hindering crop growth

There is substantial interest in growing crops in closed controlled environments, yet the energy requirements are high. Energy is required ...
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‘Google maps’ for gene sequencing helps small labs cheaply, quickly develop disease-resistant crops

Australian researchers have developed a tool described as “Google Maps for genes” potentially throwing open the field of genetic manipulation, ...
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Post-Brexit Britain ponders break from EU GMO, gene-editing restrictions, embracing US model

With so much focus and attention on Brexit, there’s another ‘B’ word that has been fretted over for decades, causing ...