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Could spider venom replace some synthetic pesticides on the farm?

A major new project will see the use of spiders’ natural toxins to offer a more sustainable approach to crop ...
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Could open source indoor farming help us feed 10 billion people?

Paul Gauthier, a plant physiologist at Princeton University, took a short drive up the New Jersey Turnpike to try to ...
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Parasitic wasp brings invasive pest to heel, cuts deforestation 31-95% in southeast Asia

Effective on-farm biological control can slow the pace of deforestation and avert biodiversity loss. This is what an international team ...
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Opposition to biotech threatens health of forests, experts say

A coalition of forest scientists, including Steve Strauss of Oregon State University, is calling for an immediate review of international ...
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Spicy tomatoes? Scientists want to produce chili pepper metabolites in CRISPR-edited tomatoes

Surely, someone out there has cooked up a shrimp fra diavolo and thought, “mamma mia, this would be much easier ...
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McDonald’s eyes lab-grown meat as food, agricultural companies aim to cut environmental impact

The world’s biggest purchaser of beef is watching the plant-based meat market. “Plant-based protein is something we’re keeping an eye ...
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Viewpoint: Lab-grown meat isn’t as ‘clean’ as you might think

There are many polarizing false dichotomies around this emerging technology ...
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Talking Biotech: Turning GMO plants into carcinogen-catching air filters

Could GMO houseplants purify the air in our homes? ...
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Winter cover crops meant to protect soil may contribute to climate change

Farmers grow crops or leave dying vegetation in their fields over the winter. A new study from the National Center ...
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Crops engineered to photosynthesize more efficiently boost yields 40%

Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and ...
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Africa could miss the ‘gene revolution’ if it fails to embrace crop biotech, experts say

Africa can’t afford to be left behind as the gene revolution transforms modern farming, African agricultural experts say. This is ...
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Can we meet a growing need for food without destroying our environment?

'Sustainable intensification' takes the best ideas from conventional and organic farming ...
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GMO houseplant traps carcinogenic chemicals that home air filters miss

[M]ost of us like to keep the air in our homes as clean as possible and we often go to ...
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Bacon—made of mushrooms? New plant-based meat on the horizon

Eben Bayer, cofounder and CEO of Ecovative, built his company making things out of mycelium, the root structure of a mushroom. He's ...
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Can ‘speed breeding’ help Europe develop disease-resistant crops without gene editing?

Technology first used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to grow plants in space is fast-tracking improvements in a ...
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M.S. Swaminathan, ‘father of India’s Green Revolution,’ says he’s not opposed to GMO crops

An iconic Indian agricultural scientist is distancing himself from a recent editorial he co-authored that is critical of genetically modified ...
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‘Smart farming’: Researchers aim to turn bees into ‘tiny drones’ that monitor plant health

[A] research team at the University of Washington has found a way to make bumblebees act like tiny drones. The ...
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While AquaBounty’s GMO salmon remains blocked in US, Argentina exempts the company’s sustainable gene-edited tilapia from regulation

Transgenic salmon producer AquaBounty and its majority owner, Intrexon, [December 18] announced that their jointly developed gene-edited line of tilapia, ...
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Video: Kenya to begin planting yield-boosting GMO cotton by spring 2020

Cotton farmers in Kenya are set to start planting genetically modified cotton by May 2020, a year later than expected, ...
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Adoption of GMO cowpea, rice could offer substantial boost to Ghana’s farmers and consumers, study says

Cowpea is the most widely produced grain legume in Ghana and a key food security crop. In northern Ghana, where ...
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Organic farming and dairy production much worse for the environment—as much as 70% greater release of greenhouse gases—concludes ‘ground-breaking’ Swedish study

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food .... This is the finding of a new ...
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Can AI-enhanced plant breeding deliver high yielding non-GMO crops?

Hi Fidelity Genetics (HFG), a company that uses sensors, data science, and statistical genetics to create non-genetically modified crops, just ...
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Biotech could help Mexico’s bean farmers cope with climate change

Beans are the most important grain legume in human diets .... Indeed, bean production is central to the food security ...
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Can GMO agave transform the tequila industry?

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Organic vs conventional farming: Which is worse for Earth’s climate?

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required ...
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Why are farmers so eager to grow GMO crops?

Genetically modified (GM) crops are produced using new genetic engineering methods. Since their development slightly over 20 years ago, they ...
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High-quality hybrid seeds could help feed Africa’s growing population

Africa’s demand for food will more than double by 2050, driven by population growth and rapid urbanization. A growing population ...