How artificial intelligence might solve the 'chemical treadmill' farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

How artificial intelligence might solve the ‘chemical treadmill’ farmers are trapped in to kill crop-choking weeds

After months of research, they faced a disappointing truth: There was no way around herbicides. “Turns out zapping weeds with ...
Sri Lankan tea farmers want glyphosate herbicide ban overturned

Sri Lankan tea farmers want glyphosate herbicide ban overturned

Tea farmers in Sri Lanka want their government to reauthorize the use of glyphosate for agriculture. The country is one ...
Afraid of public backlash, skittish investors keep promising GMO crops off the market

Afraid of public backlash, skittish investors keep promising GMO crops off the market

In the basement of Koshland Hall at the University of California at Berkeley is a trove of seeds with the potential ...
Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

More than 50 years after the cause of sickle-cell disease was discovered, a dozen treatments for the painful and life-shortening inherited ...
Viewpoint: EU's glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Glyphosate, the ubiquitous herbicide, may not really be poison, but it could well be the most politicized substance in Europe. In ...
Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Consumers have been paying a lot to eat organic; foods with the certification sometimes costs twice as much as conventional products. The premium prices may not be ...
Viewpoint: Cost of gene therapy could put experimental treatments out of reach for most

Viewpoint: Cost of gene therapy could put experimental treatments out of reach for most

Drugs that modify human genes have the potential to cure intractable diseases with just one treatment. Few could disagree that's ...
Illegal spraying of off-label dicamba herbicide main cause of crop damage, BASF says

Illegal spraying of off-label dicamba herbicide main cause of crop damage, BASF says

Illegal spraying of a volatile weedkiller may be the cause of unprecedented damage to crops earlier this year, especially for ...
GMO hornless cow awaits approval amid FDA policy changes

GMO hornless cow awaits approval amid FDA policy changes

[In 2016], Recombinetics, the 35-person company [geneticist Scott Fahrenkrug] founded in 2008 with three other geneticists from the University of ...
Despite drift issue, Monsanto sees 'surge' of farmers buying dicamba-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Despite drift issue, Monsanto sees ‘surge’ of farmers buying dicamba-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Monsanto Co. posted a surprise fourth-quarter profit and said it still expects a surge in sales of a controversial line ...
State bans of dicamba herbicide could increase soybean, cotton prices

State bans of dicamba herbicide could increase soybean, cotton prices

Efforts to ban the herbicide [dicamba] could benefit the prices of agricultural products such as soybeans and cotton. At the ...
Russia trying to reduce dependence on imported seeds—without GMOs

Russia trying to reduce dependence on imported seeds—without GMOs

Many growers use specialized seeds designed to resist pests, disease and drought, but more than half for some crops come ...
Syngenta settles with Minnesota farmers in GMO corn lawsuit

Syngenta settles with Minnesota farmers in GMO corn lawsuit

Syngenta AG reached an in-trial settlement with a group of about 22,000 Minnesota farmers who claimed the company carelessly marketed its ...
Lesson for gene editing: How do we regulate a technology when we 'can't imagine' the consequences of its use?

Lesson for gene editing: How do we regulate a technology when we ‘can’t imagine’ the consequences of its use?

Humanity has a method for trying to prevent new technologies from getting out of hand: explore the possible negative consequences, ...
Monsanto played role in ‘independent’ safety review of glyphosate herbicide, emails show

Monsanto played role in ‘independent’ safety review of glyphosate herbicide, emails show

Dozens of internal Monsanto emails, released on Aug. 1 by plaintiffs’ lawyers who are suing the company, reveal how Monsanto worked ...
US honey bee population rose 3 percent in last year as colony collapse disorder concerns ease

US honey bee population rose 3 percent in last year as colony collapse disorder concerns ease

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths ...
India's GM mustard approval on hold pending outcome of anti-GMO lawsuit

India’s GM mustard approval on hold pending outcome of anti-GMO lawsuit

India’s top court ... put the commercial release of a genetically-modified mustard variety on hold until it decides on a case ...
Monsanto's hidden influence? Glyphosate's future in hands of EPA and the courts

Monsanto’s hidden influence? Glyphosate’s future in hands of EPA and the courts

Roundup has revolutionized farming. Now, human health and Bayer’s $66 billion deal for Monsanto depend on an honest appraisal of ...
Syngenta settles with Nebraska farmer for 'rushing' GMO corn to market before Chinese approval

Syngenta settles with Nebraska farmer for ‘rushing’ GMO corn to market before Chinese approval

Syngenta AG reached a confidential settlement with a Nebraska farmer who claimed the company mishandled marketing of its genetically modified seed, ...
Better tasting cantaloupe: Wal-Mart teams with Bayer to breed hardier fruit

Better tasting cantaloupe: Wal-Mart teams with Bayer to breed hardier fruit

Wal-Mart says it typically sells 10 times more cantaloupes in June, when it can buy from U.S. farms, than it ...
Syngenta faces 7,000 Kansas farmers in court over claim of losses due to premature release of GM corn

Syngenta faces 7,000 Kansas farmers in court over claim of losses due to premature release of GM corn

Farmers have to deal with threats to their crops from nature all the time. Thousands of Kansans, though, argue that ...
Ag Secretary Perdue: Mandatory GMO labels ‘will probably’ be electronic QR codes

Ag Secretary Perdue: Mandatory GMO labels ‘will probably’ be electronic QR codes

Upcoming labeling rules for foods made with genetically modified organisms will likely have an electronic component such as a QR ...
Kenya faces hunger, but refuses to import GMO corn from South Africa’s record harvest

Kenya faces hunger, but refuses to import GMO corn from South Africa’s record harvest

Africa’s corn harvest this year is a tale of two extremes as worries about overflowing silos and rotting crops in ...
China lobbies public on GMOs as ChemChina's takeover of Syngenta nears approval

China lobbies public on GMOs as ChemChina’s takeover of Syngenta nears approval

China will carry out a nationwide poll [June 2017] to test the public’s acceptance of genetically-modified food, a technology the ...
To feed 1.4 billion people China technologizing its agriculture sector--Will it be enough?

To feed 1.4 billion people China technologizing its agriculture sector–Will it be enough?

China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food ...
'Unstoppable': How corn took over America's farmland

‘Unstoppable’: How corn took over America’s farmland

Farmers who had long rotated plantings among a diverse group of grains are increasingly turning to a single one. Corn ...
How Trump's 'get-tough' immigration policy is impacting agricultural technology innovation

How Trump’s ‘get-tough’ immigration policy is impacting agricultural technology innovation

President Donald Trump's get-tough attitude on immigration is spurring a surge of high-tech investment in America's heartland, where farmers are ...
Dow Chemical tripled lobbying since 2008, outstripping other agricultural and biotech firms

Dow Chemical tripled lobbying since 2008, outstripping other agricultural and biotech firms

Dow Chemical has poured money into lobbying efforts over the last decade as other corporate giants have remained steady or ...