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How one rice gene could dramatically boost several crops’ yields and drought tolerance

Scientists have moved a step closer to identifying how an obscure gene from rice can dramatically improve yields in some ...
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Despite GMO cotton controversy, Burkina Faso still open to GE crops, sterile mosquitoes to combat malaria

Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop ...
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Will South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina regulate new breeding techniques (NBTs) as GMOs?

New breeding techniques, or “NBTs” as they have come to be known, are a set of innovative tools that can ...
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‘Come stay with me’: Indian farmer invites anti-GMO activists to see how biotech cotton improves lives

Balwinder Kang has a simple message for those who don’t think Indian farmers like him should be able to utilize ...
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Top Mexican university endorses GMOs: ‘Unfair and immoral’ that farmers don’t have access to biotech

The national debate about the use of GMOs in Mexico experienced a significant shift when the technology received strong academic ...
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Burkina Faso abandons insect-resistant GMO cotton, suffers lower yields

As Burkina Faso farmers predicted, their nation has lost its standing as Africa’s largest producer of cotton since halting the ...
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As climate heats up, can drought-tolerant GMO crops help prevent famine and conflict?

When most of us think about the threats posed by climate change, events like floods, droughts, intense storms and hotter ...
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Viewpoint: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni should trust country’s scientists—not activists—on GMO safety

Editor's note: Arthur Makara is the executive director of the Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development in Uganda When [Uganda's] President ...
DNA testing could enable rapid response to damaging wheat stem rust

DNA testing could enable rapid response to damaging wheat stem rust

A global team led by researchers in Australia has achieved a dramatic breakthrough in dealing with stem rust, a fungal ...
How African nations expect to learn from Burkina Faso's GMO Bt cotton breeding problems

How African nations expect to learn from Burkina Faso’s GMO Bt cotton breeding problems

Stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology sector are offering assurances that the problems that prompted Burkina Faso to temporarily halt cultivation ...
Phase out of GMO cotton in Burkina Faso taking increasing toll on farmers and industry

Phase out of GMO cotton in Burkina Faso taking increasing toll on farmers and industry

When cotton traders in Burkina Faso announced in 2015 that they were phasing out the cultivation of genetically modified cotton, they attributed ...
Remembering Calestous Juma, defender of agricultural innovation and GMOs

Remembering Calestous Juma, defender of agricultural innovation and GMOs

To outsiders, Calestous Juma's rise from humble origins in a remote Kenyan village to an internationally recognized Harvard scholar, science ...
Can Burkina Faso's problems with Monsanto's GMO cotton seeds be fixed?

Can Burkina Faso’s problems with Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds be fixed?

In the early 2000s, the US agricultural firm Monsanto began tests to introduce genetically engineered cotton seeds with the potential ...
GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers' minds

GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers’ minds

As a young girl, Tepsy Eve Ntseoane never thought she’d grow up to be a farmer, let alone an advocate for ...
Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Visit the March Against Monsanto website and you'll see a strange ad peppering the pages, among the usual dubious stories about ...
Fighting poverty with GMOs: Filipino farmers turn to insect-resistant Bt corn to boost yields, income

Fighting poverty with GMOs: Filipino farmers turn to insect-resistant Bt corn to boost yields, income

Agricultural choices don't just affect food availability. They also have significant economic and social ramifications. A case in point is the ...
Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

The glyphosate saga is a fascinating case study in how easily politics can derail science. In watching the glyphosate issue ...
GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines' industry, reduce pesticide use

GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines’ industry, reduce pesticide use

Following a multi-year slump, the Philippine cotton industry is anticipating a renaissance through the help of an innovative, science-based crop that farmers ...
Video: Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 'troubling trend' of misleading food labels

Video: Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on ‘troubling trend’ of misleading food labels

There’s been a lot of talk about the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed by the US Congress in 2016. The ...
Anti-biotechnology fake news: 'Natural News' claims RNAi used to 'eliminate black people'

Anti-biotechnology fake news: ‘Natural News’ claims RNAi used to ‘eliminate black people’

Anti-GMO campaigners are promoting a new conspiracy theory conflating the pioneering genetics technology of RNAi with anti-vaxxer myths and a ...
GMO stigma: The challenge of growing virus-resistant papaya in Hawaii

GMO stigma: The challenge of growing virus-resistant papaya in Hawaii

[Michael] Kamiya is a strong supporter of agricultural technology, which he credits for saving his family’s farm. He has childhood ...
Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? 'The misinformation is staggering'

Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? ‘The misinformation is staggering’

It was the stuff of anti-GMO activists' dreams: A “peer-reviewed” paper, published in a scientific-looking journal with an impressive title, detailing ...
How one farmer stood up to anti-GMO activists and the Italian state—and won

How one farmer stood up to anti-GMO activists and the Italian state—and won

As chair of the local farmers federation [Giorgio Fidenato, a small-holder farmer growing corn, tomatoes and soybeans in Italy] pushes for ...
'Media war' erupts in Ghana as GMO cowpeas set for 2018 release

‘Media war’ erupts in Ghana as GMO cowpeas set for 2018 release

The debate over whether biotechnology applications are safe in food production has intensified in Ghana as the country prepares for ...
GMO debate intensifies as Ghana prepares for first crop release in 2018

GMO debate intensifies as Ghana prepares for first crop release in 2018

The debate over whether biotechnology applications are safe in food production has intensified in Ghana as the country prepares for ...
Passage of Ugandan biotech law opens access to vitamin-fortified, disease-resistant crops

Passage of Ugandan biotech law opens access to vitamin-fortified, disease-resistant crops

Genetically engineered crops that promise to benefit both farmers and consumers are poised to enter Uganda’s marketplace now that its ...
Uganda becomes newest country to approve growing of GMO, gene-edited crops

Uganda becomes newest country to approve growing of GMO, gene-edited crops

Uganda’s Parliament voted the long-awaited National Biosafety Act of 2017 into law ... ending years of governmental debate over whether ...
Uganda on track to pass 'biotech bill' that should pave way for GMO crop commercialization

Uganda on track to pass ‘biotech bill’ that should pave way for GMO crop commercialization

Uganda’s long-awaited national Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill was delayed again yesterday, but is likely to be passed next Tuesday [Oct ...