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Will coffee go extinct? Deadly fungus threatens one of the world’s favorite beverages

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, talking about a plant disease might seem frivolous. But around the world, 100 ...
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Viewpoint: ‘It’s. Not. The. Cow. Farts.’ Burger King pulls ‘Cows Menu’ climate change ad

You’ve probably seen Burger King’s latest marketing video featuring Wal-Mart yodeler Mason Ramsey singing about methane emissions from cow farts ...
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Podcast: Neuralink brain chips; Flu vaccines during COVID; US farm system unraveling?

Elon Musk's company Neuralink recently debuted its brain implant in pigs, pushing us a little closer to integrating humans and ...
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Chile poised to tackle food shortages and climate change with ‘Golden Apple’ and other CRISPR-edited crops

Chile’s intense political unrest exacerbated by months of COVID-19 quarantine has temporarily overshadowed a relentless environmental, farming crisis: an intense ...
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How do you make meat without animals? The 5-step ‘recipe’ for a lab-grown, cell-based burger

Cultured meat, lab grown meat, cell based meat, clean meat, and cultivated meat are all terms used to describe meat ...
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Engineering rice plant roots increases crop yields in salty soil, study shows

Genetically improving the root system architectures of plants is an effective strategy for developing climate-resilient crops. In this study, we ...
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Viewpoint: American agriculture could ‘unravel’ without major sustainability changes

Picture an ideal dinner plate. If you’re like most Americans, it features a hearty portion of meat, from animals fattened ...
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Regenerative agriculture is a ‘nonsense’ solution to climate change, soil scientist warns

People need to "wake up" and realize regenerative agriculture is "just nonsense", says Dr Doug Edmeades. In fact, the Hamilton-based ...
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Viewpoint: Animal agriculture is growing more sustainable, so don’t blame it for climate change

Simply put, U.S. cattle aren’t the major driver of climate change. So Americans can feel good about whatever kind of ...
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Viewpoint: Turning farms into carbon repositories can’t stave off ‘climate catastrophe’

In late June, overlooked amid pandemic, economic crisis, and protest headlines, a bipartisan cohort of United States senators introduced a ...
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Bayer launches carbon capture program to support ‘eco-friendly’ farming

Bayer AG launched a pilot program in the United States and Brazil on [July 21] that will pay farmers for ...
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Flood-proof crops? Plants engineered to grow taller may survive unstable environments

Stature matters to plants. Short crops can carry more grain without bending under their own weight—a key trait that helped ...
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Video: Burger King’s lemon-grass fed eco-Whopper not backed by evidence, animal scientist says

On [July 14], Burger King launched promotions for its new “eco-friendly” Whopper, burgers made from cattle that have been fed ...
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Viewpoint: Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution

As the world endures the impacts of a rapidly changing climate—sea level rise, extreme weather events, warming and acidifying oceans ...
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Food crops engineered to behave like drought-tolerant succulents may better adapt to climate change

“Water-storing tissue is one of the most successful adaptations in plants that enables them to survive long periods of drought ...
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Beyond GM crops: Climate-friendly sheep and biofactory goats expand horizons of genetic engineering

If GMO plants now occupy 11% of cultivated areas in the world, only one genetically modified animal is currently authorized ...
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Viewpoint: Conservation isn’t enough. We need technology to blunt the impacts of climate change

We need direct, technology-driven intervention for conservation ...
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As temperatures rise, gene editing helps climate proof the global food supply

“The largest single global change that threatens food security is high temperature,” said Donald Ort, a professor of plant biology ...
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Podcast: Lab-grown livers coming soon? Regenerative farming won’t stop climate change; COVID halts gene-therapy studies

Scientists have grown tiny human livers from skin cells and transplanted them into rats, moving us closer to saving thousands ...
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Nigerian scientists say ‘smart’ agriculture can help mitigate climate change

Promoting smart agriculture is one step nations can take to help mitigate the negative effects of farming on the climate, ...
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African farmers yearn for biotechnology in the face of climate change

Southern Africa is on the receiving end of the devastating impact of climate change, driving millions into hunger. A record ...
As rising oceans encroach on arable land, gene editing, floating farms may help feed the world

As rising oceans encroach on arable land, gene editing, floating farms may help feed the world

A soil biologist and co-director of the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food, [Duncan] Cameron had long known that ...
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Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—carbon farming—is the ‘feel-good climate solution’ that doesn’t work as promised

Corporations, politicians, and environmentalists have all embraced carbon farming as the feel-good climate solution of the moment. Several leading Democratic ...
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Viewpoint: Why the world needs GMOs—4 farmers make the case for biotech crops

The lopsided conversation between experienced farmers and clueless activists has severe consequences ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Eat local’ builds community spirit, but it won’t stop climate change

Dissatisfied with the United States’ wasteful and planet-degrading food system, San Franciscan food activists Jessica Prentice and Sage Van Wing ...
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Zambia poised to release two drought-tolerant, disease-resistant cowpea varieties

Zambia will soon welcome two new varieties of drought tolerant cowpeas that can produce up to 10 percent more yield ...
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Outside of ‘occasional surges’, biodiversity evolution has been largely stagnant for millions of years, studies suggest

The traditional view is that species have increased in diversity continuously over the past 200 million years, particularly in the last ...
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Viewpoint: To feed the world with minimal environmental impact, we can’t rely on organic farming

If the goal in farming is feeding an increasing population with least impact, conventional agriculture is the approach most likely ...