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Alternative protein market gets competitive as startup Beyond Meat preps for IPO

Wall Street is going vegan. At some point in the next four weeks, Beyond Meat, a pioneering plant-based meat alternative ...
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Viewpoint: Ironically named ‘Saving America’s Pollinators Act’ would harm bees, hinder sustainable farming

Some old ideas for bad laws are endlessly recycled. Take the case of the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, a nearly six-year-old ...
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Attempts to CRISPR gene edited cassava plants to fight off viruses resulted in mutated viruses, study finds, raising concerns

Using gene-editing technology to create virus-resistant cassava plants could have serious negative ramifications, according to new research by plant biologists ...
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Tyson Foods ends investment in plant-based protein startup Beyond Meat

Tyson Foods, the US meat producer, has exited its investment in Beyond Meat, the alternative protein company which is due ...
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Activists, scientists spar over effort to restore American chestnut tree with genetic engineering

The American chestnut tree once sustained a way of life. Pioneers used the tall, straight, and fast-growing tree for fences, ...
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Infographic: 1.3 billion tons of food end up in the trash. Here’s how biotech crops can help

Each year the world wastes 1.3 billion tons of food—1/3 of global production. The US throws away approximately 40 percent ...
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New data, novel research approaches help tackle declining monarch butterfly mystery

Monarch butterflies are an icon of nature: spectacular in form, known for their unfathomable annual migration, and frequent visitors in ...
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Podcast: GMO insect-resistant cowpea helps Africa combat destructive pests without chemicals

Cowpea is a critical crop in Western Africa. It is consumed by millions of people daily and provides important nitrogen ...
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Viewpoint: 5 popular Netflix documentaries serve up pseudoscience about agriculture, chemicals and nutrition

Netflix brought in $15.8 billion in revenue in 2018 in part because the streaming service floods subscribers with a deluge ...
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How the USDA could help foster a technological ‘revolution’ in agriculture

Anyone paying passing attention to the agricultural sector understands that it is in the middle of an “agtech” revolution. Innovations ...
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Plant-based GMO ‘Impossible’ Whopper a surprise hit at 59 Midwest Burger King locations

The St. Louis area, with 59 Burger King locations, has been chosen as the sole test market for the [plant-based] ...
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Some wild bee populations declining, but ‘scarce data’ hamper impact and research efforts

More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on ...
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CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna: Gene-edited foods could hit stores by 2024

While ethicists debate the applications of blockbuster gene-editing tool Crispr in human healthcare, an inventor of the tool believes it has ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs are an overlooked but consequential solution to climate change

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are not only a lot less scary than pop culture would lead you to believe ...
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Naturally mutating corn pollen genes may lead the way to higher-yielding crops

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability ...
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Microbial biofertilizer could boost sustainable farming as food demand booms

Agriculture is facing tough challenges in the years ahead, including a rising world population and arable land and water becoming ...
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Lab-grown meat startups see profitable future in Canada

Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the ...
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Drought, neonicotinoid insecticide ban cut EU’s canola yields 18 percent, USDA reports

The European Union is picking a good time to produce its second straight subpar rapeseed crop. The United States Department ...
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Epigenetics could alter the way we breed crops for drought and climate change

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
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New model uncovers possible mechanism behind Varroa mite’s assault on honey bees

The association between the deformed wing virus and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor has been identified as a major cause of worldwide ...
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First lab-grown burger may cost $50 at anticipated 2020 restaurant debut

On April 15, Bruce Friedrich ascended a stage in Vancouver, Canada to give a TED Talk to a packed room ...
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Pakistan announces field trials of 85 GMO pest-resistant Bt cotton varieties

The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has announced that 93 new cotton varieties will undergo National Coordinated Varietal Trials (NCVT) in four ...
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‘Edible insects’ boost food sustainability, but will consumers eat BBQ-flavored bugs?

There is an increasing range of insect-based products, such as whole/flour, snacks, health bars, pasta, pasta sauce and burgers. Edible ...
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Newly discovered ‘gene conversion’ mechanism could lead to high-yielding wheat

When it comes to breeding better wheat varieties....we seek to introduce desirable genes that increase yield, [but] these can come ...
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CRISPR-edited ‘super plants’ might be our best chance to slow climate change

If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Naïve’ calls for glyphosate ban threaten higher food prices, resurgence of more toxic pesticides

The unintended consequences of glyphosate bans are many and potentially severe ...
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Podcast: Synthetic ‘light switch’ boosts photosynthesis to increase crop yields

One of the limiting factors in photosynthesis is the plant’s ability to take up carbon dioxide to assimilate into carbohydrates ...
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Drought and pollution: How do thirsty plants impact air quality?

[P]lants can both help create and cleanse one dangerous air pollutant: ground-level ozone, which causes breathing problems and exacerbates lung ...