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‘Science diplomacy’: What the Cold War can teach Africa about battling hunger with GM crops

Lenganji Sikapizye | 
It can be said the main problems facing the world are international in nature. No country can stand up today ...
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5 steps African governments should take to keep food systems intact when the next pandemic hits

Joseph Gakpo | 
COVID-19 has hit world economies hard, and the agricultural sector is no exception. Restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of ...
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World Food Day: Post-pandemic food security and resilience in Bangladesh

Arif Hossain | 
As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic lays waste to lives and livelihoods in countries around the globe, [October ...
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Rewilding farmland can protect biodiversity and sequester carbon, new study finds

Mark Lynas | 
Restoring ecosystems on just 15 percent of the world’s current farmland could spare 60 percent of the species expected to ...
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Analysis: Problematic provisions in new USDA rule for GE plants

Greg Jaffe | 
Over the last three months, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published materials and conducted webinar presentations to ...
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Nitrogen fertilizers are jeopardizing climate goals, new study finds

The expanding use of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture is pushing nitrous oxide emissions to levels that jeopardize climate goals and ...
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Agroecology must be based in reality, not romanticism, panelists agree

Joan Conrow | 
Agroecology has a role to play in transforming agriculture — so long as the movement doesn’t trump the science or ...
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Nigeria’s maize import ban could boost adoption of GM varieties

Nkechi Isaac | 
Though a ban on maize imports could accelerate Nigeria’s adoption of genetically modified (GM) TELA maize, it may be two ...
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Self-limiting ‘Friendly’ technology offers hope for controlling fall armyworm without pesticides

Mark Lynas | 
Oxitec, the Oxford University spinoff company that produces environmentally-friendly insect control solutions, [September 24] announced a collaboration with the life ...
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Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Burkina Faso scientists and farmers say their country has not abandoned crop biotechnology, despite challenges that prompted it to shelve ...
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Viewpoint: Mexican government undermining science and agriculture

Luis Ventura | 
Over the last two years, the Mexican government led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who goes by his initials, AMLO) ...
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New meta-analysis finds Bt crops have no impact on soil biota

Joan Conrow | 
A new meta-analysis finds that genetically modified Bt crops — in stark contrast to some pesticides — have no impact ...
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Pesticide-free crop protection yields sizable economic benefits in Asia-Pacific

Scientists have estimated for the first time how nature-based solutions for agricultural pest control deliver US$14.6 to US$19.5 billion annually ...
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Study challenges prior research blaming decline of monarch butterflies on deaths during annual migration

Justin Cremer | 
A new study suggests that extensive agricultural use of glyphosate herbicide is to blame for the decades-long decline in North ...
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Video: USDA to decide fate of American chestnut restoration

Joan Conrow | 
University researchers are seeking approval to restore the iconic chestnut to American forests by using a genetically engineered (GE) variety ...
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Bt cotton in Africa: Role models and lessons learned

Nkechi Isaac | 
Africa’s cotton farmers are struggling to recoup their investments because they lack access to quality seeds that can increase yields ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs a ‘corporate plot’ to control the food supply, and 9 other biotech myths, debunked

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” It most commonly refers to organisms—often plants—that have been modified to achieve desired traits, ...
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Italy and Israel bet on GM microalgae to develop edible COVID vaccine

Daniel Norero | 
The rush to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 has extended to Italy and Israel, where scientists are using the tools ...
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Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Tinted, semi-transparent solar panels can generate electricity and simultaneously produce nutritionally-superior crops, offering farmers the prospect of higher incomes and ...
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Rwanda controls COVID-19 but its farmers struggle

Pacifique Nshimiyimana | 
Rwanda has achieved astonishing results in controlling the novel coronavirus, recording just five deaths from COVID-19 even as cases continue ...
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GM crops can lift farmers out of poverty, study shows

Joseph Gakpo | 
On a continent where more than 80 percent of the people living in extreme poverty are rural farmers, some have ...
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Viewpoint: Agro-ecology agendas are trapping African farmers in poverty

Mark Lynas | 
Rather than helping to address food insecurity, the agro-ecological agenda may in fact be trapping African farmers in poverty. That’s ...
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Exploring gene drive’s role in fight against malaria

Joan Conrow | 
An international initiative has formed to ensure that gene drive technology gets a chance to prove its mettle in the ...
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Agricultural technology key to protecting nature and preventing pandemics

Joseph Gakpo | 
Scientists are urging governments across the globe to adopt technology to reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment and slow the ...
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10 things everyone should know about GMOs in Africa

1. Biotechnology, genetic modification, genetic engineering and GMOs are terms for essentially the same process: breeding crops and livestock to ...
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African women are leading biotechnology advance across the continent

John Agaba | 
Women researchers are strongly influencing the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in Africa. “As African women, we are the ones who ...
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Ghanaian chief calls for commercialization of GMOs

Richmond Frimpong | 
A Ghanaian chief, Nana Adjie Panin II, has called for the country’s commercialization of genetically modified (GM) seeds. Genetically modified ...
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Pandemic likely to lead to a global shortage of protein-rich foods with African and Asia hardest hit

Joseph Gakpo | 
A global shortage of protein-rich foods is expected this year due to COVID-19 and other factors, says a new report ...