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As sugar demand falls, gene editing could ‘reinvent’ sugarcane as green energy

Sugar has long been a source of energy for people, but now scientists believe they are close to unlocking its ...
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Key ‘non-GMO’ ingredient for next plant-based burger may come from algae

Triton Algae Innovations - a San Diego-based firm building a production platform for food proteins from algae - says it ...
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Tomorrow’s scientists developing CRISPR-edited crops to boost sustainable farming

Three graduate students highlight their efforts to breed disease-resistant crops and teach science to consumers ...
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Oxford zoologists: Insect decline studies could erode confidence in science if not held to rigorous standards

Global rates of insect decline will be very hard to measure. Conclusions regarding drivers and rates of declines can be ...
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Podcast: AquaBounty says GMO fish can’t survive in wild, no threat to Alaska’s wild salmon industry

AquaBounty’s CEO says Alaska’s wild salmon industry has nothing to fear from the genetically engineered salmon her company plans to ...
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Will ‘Green New Deal’ mean the end of hamburgers?

Amid the various critiques of the proposed Green New Deal, few capture the alarmism of the American right quite like ...
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New database tracks development of CRISPR-edited plants to spur biotech crop innovation

Recently developed gene editing tools, such as CRISPR / Cas, allow plant scientists to discover the functions of innumerable plant ...
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Are houseplants indoor air filters? Science busts a popular home gardening myth

Houseplants have much to recommend them. They’re fun to care for, they look good on Instagram, and they express environmental ...
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Buy local; save the bees; avoid GMOs: Americans’ top food-related causes

For companies to successfully fulfill [consumer demand for transparency], they need to be in tune to what causes and concerns ...
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Viewpoint: Clif Bar is ‘concern trolling’ competition with its organic food propaganda

Clif Bar published an open letter [March 6] to their “largest competitor” in the New York Times. The letter asks the CEO ...
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FDA lifts 2016 import ban on GMO AquAdvantage salmon, confirms fish safe to eat

The Food & Drug Administration announced [March 8] that it will be deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented genetically ...
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Viewpoint: Farmers’ crops are failing, and Europe’s precautionary assault on neonicotinoid insecticides is to blame

Farmers will never forget the last five years of incompetence from the European Commission ...
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Researchers petition UK officials to launch disease-resistant potato field trials

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich [in the UK], has applied to [the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] Defra for ...
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What should we call lab-grown meat? Our decision could help or hinder food innovation

The Dirt: We need protein as part of a healthy diet— and many of us turn to meat as a ...
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Sequenced nematode genome could help win ‘arms race’ against devastating soybean pest

Iowa State University researchers overcame the quirks of the soybean cyst nematode’s DNA to sequence its genome, paving the way ...
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African biotech scientist challenges activist opposition to Bt pest-resistant cowpea, Nigeria’s first GMO crop

Cowpea is one of the most important indigenous African legumes in Nigeria due to its ability to grow in drought-prone ...
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UN report warning of ‘disappearing’ biodiversity raises unjustified alarms about food security, agronomist argues

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just published a voluminous report, The State of the World ‘s Biodiversity for ...
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Viewpoint: Naturopathic doctors, organic marketers take advantage of consumer desire for ‘authenticity’

Seeking 'authenticity' is fine -- unless it deprives you of something beneficial ...
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While Americans are ambivalent about plant-based ‘clean meat’ protein alternatives, Chinese and Indians are enthusiastic

Would you eat a burger grown from animal cells rather than a whole cow? What about a plant-based burger, once ...
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RNA-based pesticides are coming, but how will they affect the ecosystem?

New research shows how a new kind of genetically engineered pesticide moves through and degrades in the soil. This new generation ...
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Golden Rice is coming. Finally! Will it be the game-changer hinted at for almost 20 years?

Having a staple crop that delivers adequate nutrition is a necessary precondition to fixing poverty ...
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Reexamining the agricultural ‘Green Revolution’: Did Norman Borlaug really save a billion people from starvation?

A memorable episode of The West Wing....features a President Nimbala of a fictive African republic.  Nimbala holds forth at a press ...
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How plant pollen could speed development of higher yielding CRISPR-edited crops

The genome editor CRISPR has transformed many areas of biology, but using this tool to enhance certain varieties of crops ...
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Biotech industry, USDA hype CRISPR gene-editing benefits to avoid second GMO safety debate

The U.S. agriculture industry is trying to get ahead of any backlash over gene-edited foods and win over the public ...
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Neutralizing toxic military explosives with GMO plants

Military preparedness means testing ammunition in controlled field trials, as well as decommissioning obsolete weaponry. The result is a significant ...
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‘Factory farming’ poisons our food and harms animals?

Veterinarian Dr. Leah Dorman takes on popular myths about animal agriculture ...
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New herbicide controls hard-to-kill weeds, could be paired with resistant GMO crops

Purdue University researchers have developed a compound effective for controlling weeds that is also safe for people and the environment. They ...
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From pesticide scare stories to insect ‘extinction,’ reporters are addicted to ‘pseudoscience,’ says science writer Matt Ridley

Three times in [February 2019], pseudo-science flew around the world before the scientific truth had got its boots on (as ...