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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 ...
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Blight-tolerant American chestnut tree: Latest biotech solution to nature’s assault on valued species

A blight-tolerant American chestnut tree is the latest example of what the science community has begun to call a GRO—a ...
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Bt eggplant, Bangladesh’s first GMO crop, controls ‘vicious’ fruit and shoot borer pest, boosts farmer profit sixfold

Eggplant, or brinjal (Solanum melongena), is a popularly consumed vegetable grown throughout Asia that is prone to vicious and sustained ...
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Bees with access to diverse flowering plants are healthier pollinators, USDA study shows

Everyone wants healthy, thriving honey bee colonies. One-third of the food we eat requires pollinators, and commercial beekeepers transport honey ...
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Varroa mites central driver of uptick in overwinter honeybee colony losses according to 2018-2019 survey, worrying entomologists

Beekeepers across the United States lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019, according to ...
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Viewpoint: Environmentalists put nature ahead of human welfare by assaulting ‘unnatural’ GMOs, pesticides

Traditionally, Western thought has conceived of the environment as a set of natural elements that can be domesticated by man ...
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Viewpoint: To boost sustainable farming, new UN Food and Agriculture Organization chief should promote science-based policies

The United Nations body is about to elect a new director‑general. The choice will affect the entire globe for years ...
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Impossible Foods rebuffs activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘illogical, ironic’ plant-based GMO burger boycott

For decades, Vandana Shiva has been an outspoken activist against genetic engineering and the products that result from it, such ...
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GMO crops could have slowed fall armyworm pest advance across China

A hungry caterpillar that ravages crops is advancing across China and threatening the nation’s vast supply of maize. Scientists are ...
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Gene editing could save Ghana’s cocoa from extinction, scientists say

A new study warns that climate change could drive Ghana’s cocoa (cacao) industry to extinction — a fate that scientists ...
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Viewpoint: To support farmers, India should promote consumer acceptance of GMO crops

With Prakash Javadekar taking charge of the environment ministry from the inert Harsh Vardhan, and hopes kindling of genetically-engineered brinjal ...
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Sequenced genome reveals how almonds went from bitter to sweet, could help produce more flavorful nuts

A team of researchers .... has found the genetic difference between bitter wild almonds and the sweet domesticated variety. In ...
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High-yielding wheat boosts chemical use? Study busts popular farming myth

The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilizers is debunked by new research published ...
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Land use for meat production slashed by 140 million hectares since 2000. Intensive agriculture could keep the decline going

Pastureland is by far the single largest human land use on the planet. Globally, we use twice as much land ...
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CRISPR, ‘speed breeding’ can help meet surging food demand on a warming planet

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly .... but the amount ...
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Lab-grown sushi could help meet booming seafood demand, cut overfishing

Salmon has become the guinea pig of the seas when it comes to using technology to supplement falling fish populations ...
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Video: African biotech scientist Margaret Karembu defends safety, sustainability of GMO crops

Environmental scientist Margaret Karembu takes on common objections to GMO crops in this interview with Know Ideas Media founder Nick ...
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Podcast: Flower color, bees and biodiversity—how pollinators drive plant evolution

Kat Arney and reporter Graihagh Jackson get lost in the Valley of Hybridization ...
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How do we stem climate change? Suck a trillion tons of CO2 underground

[In May], carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts ...
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Varroa destructor mite attacks on honeybees threaten wild bumblebees, too, research shows

A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research ...
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Switzerland greenlights field trial of GMO fungus-resistant barley

On 18 December 2018, the University of Zurich submitted .... a request for the experimental release of genetically modified barley ...
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Impossible Foods defends use of GMO soy in plant-based burger to stand out from competitors

As ingredient choices made by ‘next-generation’ plant-based meat brands attract more scrutiny, with some making a virtue of using peas ...
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Podcast: How farmers grow the 2.7 billion pounds of coffee we drink every year

Whether you typically crave a drip coffee or something a bit more intricate, we can all agree that caffeine is ...
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Guatemalan coffee growers battling deadly plant fungus, stiff competition abandon farms for US

Guatemala’s coffee farmers are at the mercy of one of the world’s most volatile commodity markets. Over the past two ...
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Dannon Yogurt accused of misleading consumers about its sustainability commitment with ‘non-GMO’ claim

Dannon announced with great fanfare last year a “sweeping commitment for sustainable agriculture, more natural ingredients, and greater transparency,” with ...