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Five reasons to be optimistic about the future of genome editing

Joan Conrow, Justin Cremer | 
Though the past year delivered social, economic, health and personal difficulties that challenged people across the globe, science strutted its ...
Gene editing could help Kenya’s valuable tea crop retain its competitive edge

Gene editing could help Kenya’s valuable tea crop retain its competitive edge

Joseph Maina | 
Genome editing may help protect Kenya’s most important cash crop — tea grown in the country’s prime highlands — from ...
While COVID held our attention in a vice grip, 2020 brought some major crop biotech breakthroughs

While COVID held our attention in a vice grip, 2020 brought some major crop biotech breakthroughs

Justin Cremer | 
This month marked one year since the COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down around the world. The anniversary wasn’t exactly ...
Nigerian farmers welcome new cassava varieties: ‘My joy knows no bounds’

Nigerian farmers welcome new cassava varieties: ‘My joy knows no bounds’

Nkechi Isaac | 
Nigerian farmers are enthusiastic about the government’s approval of five new varieties of NextGen cassava that promise to double yields ...
FDA warns Joe Mercola to stop selling fake COVID remedies and cures

FDA warns Joe Mercola to stop selling fake COVID remedies and cures

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Joseph Mercola, an osteopath who heads a large online “alternative ...
‘No shortage of dangers’ and no easy answers for the monarch butterfly

‘No shortage of dangers’ and no easy answers for the monarch butterfly

Justin Cremer | 
North America’s monarch butterfly population is in trouble. That much has been clear for decades but scientists have found that ...
Poverty and hunger follow Africa’s fall armyworm invasion

Poverty and hunger follow Africa’s fall armyworm invasion

Africa’s fall armyworm invasion has contributed to poverty and hunger among smallholder farmers, a pioneering study shows. Severe levels of ...
CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

Joseph Maina | 
New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Luis Ventura | 
Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance ...
African researchers use gene editing and other tools to breed heartier livestock

African researchers use gene editing and other tools to breed heartier livestock

Verenardo Meeme | 
Livestock researchers in Africa are looking to genome editing and other new technologies to identify genes that could help them ...
How CRISPR can create more ethical eggs

How CRISPR can create more ethical eggs

Justin Cremer | 
Over the past couple of decades, Western consumers have shown an increasing appetite for more ethical eggs. The European Union and ...
Kenyan farmers clamor for GMO maize seed after visiting demonstration site

Kenyan farmers clamor for GMO maize seed after visiting demonstration site

Verenardo Meeme | 
Impressed by the high yields realized in open field trials, Kenyan farmers are urging their government to speed up the ...
‘Bridging that gap between scientists and ordinary folks’: How storytelling combats anti-GMO advocacy

‘Bridging that gap between scientists and ordinary folks’: How storytelling combats anti-GMO advocacy

John Agaba | 
Many Africans still don’t understand scientists, or what they do. Scientists are widely seen as aloof and detached — a ...
GM crops could support food security in Africa, new study suggests

GM crops could support food security in Africa, new study suggests

Joseph Maina | 
Genetically modified (GM) maize has produced higher yields than conventional hybrid varieties in South Africa, highlighting the technology’s potential to ...
GMOs in Bangladesh: Insect-resistant eggplant a sustainability success. Here's how the country can safeguard its progress

GMOs in Bangladesh: Insect-resistant eggplant a sustainability success. Here’s how the country can safeguard its progress

Maricelis Acevedo, Vijay Paranjape | 
In the seven years since Bangladesh approved its first genetically modified crop — insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) — the number ...
High-yielding sweet potato that fights vitamin A deficiency could be Ghana’s first gene-edited crop

High-yielding sweet potato that fights vitamin A deficiency could be Ghana’s first gene-edited crop

Joseph Gakpo | 
Research on Ghana’s first gene-edited crop — a high-yielding sweet potato with increased beta carotone content — is under way ...
EU’s refusal to permit GMO crops led to millions of tons of additional CO2, scientists reveal

EU’s refusal to permit GMO crops led to millions of tons of additional CO2, scientists reveal

Mark Lynas | 
Europe’s refusal to permit its farmers to cultivate genetically engineered (GE) crops led to the avoidable emission of millions of ...
Saving Africa’s agroecological food baskets from the agroecology movement

Saving Africa’s agroecological food baskets from the agroecology movement

Pacifique Nshimiyimana | 
As agroecology activism increases within the global food system, many African communities involved in agriculture and food production, as well ...
GMO 'scarecrow': What's keeping Africa from embracing genetically engineered crops?

GMO ‘scarecrow’: What’s keeping Africa from embracing genetically engineered crops?

Slyvia Tetteh | 
The advent of climate change, coupled with new plant pests and diseases, has worsened the plight of Ghanaian farmers, relegating ...
Viewpoint: GM crops have been a global success, so why do critics focus on the experience of one African country?

Viewpoint: GM crops have been a global success, so why do critics focus on the experience of one African country?

Joseph Gakpo | 
In October 2017, I took a trip to Burkina Faso from Accra, Ghana — a journey that lasted a little ...
3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes

3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes

Verenardo Meeme | 
Kenya, Nigeria and Eswatini are taking the lead on genome editing in Africa as they see its potential in boosting ...
Technology vs. global warming: How genomics, remote sensing and big data can safeguard our food supply

Technology vs. global warming: How genomics, remote sensing and big data can safeguard our food supply

In a bid to help one of the world’s most important cereal crops survive hotter, drier conditions, the Foundation for ...
Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here's how they work, and why you shouldn't be frightened

Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here’s how they work, and why you shouldn’t be frightened

Mark Lynas | 
We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Now a whole new set is emerging around COVID vaccines — and spreading ...
GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

GM plant grows insect sex pheromones as alternative to crop pesticides

Joan Conrow | 
Scientists have discovered how to genetically modify the camelina plant to produce pheromone precursors that can control agricultural insect pests ...
Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

Luis Ventura | 
The Mexican government’s nonstop attacks on genetically modified (GM) crops — resulting most recently in a ban on GM maize ...
FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

Vanessa Greenlee | 
Though a new curriculum guide offers high school teachers helpful tools for navigating the complexities of crop biotechnology and a ...
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GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization

Mark Lynas | 
Rothamsted Research, a United Kingdom plant science research institute, has signed a collaboration agreement with a bioscience company that brings ...
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‘Unlikely alliance’: Farm Bureau joins green advocacy groups to tackle climate change

Justin Cremer | 
What if the best way to get Western farmers to reduce their carbon emissions and adopt greener practices was to ...
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