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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 ...
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Facing record-breaking temperatures, Belgium field tests drought-tolerant corn varieties

The effects of global warming are becoming evident even in Belgium. 2018 was exceptionally warm and dry and the summer ...
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Climate change won’t ‘invariably’ cause social collapse—it’s a lot more complicated than that

Currently, global planning bodies are working on their responses to climate and environmental change and public health concerns. Unfortunately, these ...
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Can the gene editing technology known as CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?

CRISPR “could be such an amazing tool if we are respectful [and] responsible and use it properly.” ...
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COVID-19, climate change may accelerate public acceptance of CRISPR-edited food

Gene editing, like genetic modification, is a technology that has attracted a fair amount of skepticism from European regulators and ...
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Do rising carbon dioxide levels dampen our ability to think and make decisions?

As the 21st century progresses, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations will cause urban and indoor levels of the gas ...
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COVID-19 nudges us to rethink our approach to the existential threats of our time

The world as we knew it ended a few months ago. What we have now is a seemingly alien muddle ...
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Engineering plants to rapidly repair heat damage could preserve crop yields as climate changes

As plants convert sunlight into sugar, their cells are playing with fire. Photosynthesis generates chemical byproducts that can damage the ...
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‘Climate-resilient’ wheat may provide sustainable fiber source, promote gut health

Some new crop varieties are bred to be more nutritious. Others are more resilient, bred to tolerate harsher environmental conditions ...
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Synthetic biology will help us feed ourselves with drought-tolerant crops as climate change accelerates

Drought stress has been a long-time limitation to crop production that is being exacerbated by climate change and associated reductions ...
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Native Australian plant may help develop disease-resistant crops—and a COVID-19 vaccine

A team from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) spearheaded the genome sequencing of an ancient Australian plant years before ...
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Temperature-sensing plant molecule could help breed food crops optimized for changing climate

In a paper published in Nature Communications, a group of cell biologists .... reveal the phytochrome B molecule has unexpected ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can help feed billions of people without fueling climate change

We face a formidable challenge in the years ahead. We need to reduce [carbon] emissions and also sustain a growing ...
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Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—An oversold sustainability solution to climate change?

Over the past six months, major food companies, like General Mills, Danone North America, Kellogg, and others, have launched efforts ...
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CRISPR gene editing could yield drought-tolerant tomatoes and kiwis that grow in salty soil

Genetic engineering will allow the production of tomatoes and kiwis that are more tolerant to saline lands and will require ...
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GMO, climate change skeptics change their minds after learning the facts, study shows

The use of information provision has been criticized as an ineffective way to increase support for evidence-based environmental policies, but ...
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Colonizing other planets could be the key to humanity’s long-term survival

Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate ...
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Bolivia green lights drought-tolerant GMO soy field trials, following 2-million-ton decline in production

The transitional government of President Jeanine Áñez approved the technical evaluation of soybeans – event HB4 – in response to ...
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Feeding microbes expired bread during fermentation could yield cheaper, more sustainable food

Wine, cheese, yoghurt and bread: all these culinary delights owe their existence to the work of microorganisms like bacteria, yeast, ...
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Viewpoint: Why GMOs? 4 farmers make the case for biotech crops, challenging ‘clueless’ activists to embrace science

The lopsided conversation between experienced farmers and clueless activists has severe consequences ...
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Viewpoint: How New Zealand’s biotech ‘science deniers’ hinder effort to fight climate change with GMO ryegrass

Methane abatement efforts are important. Let's get the reporting right ...
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Climate change could turn bugs into more aggressive pests—and limit the ability of plants to protect themselves

Recent models are telling us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural ...
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How beer brewers and marijuana growers are teaming up to help address the climate crisis

The state of Colorado and three small businesses are trying a novel approach to reduce carbon emissions that sounds like ...
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Meat takes a toll on the planet, but these vegan favorites come at a ‘heavy’ environmental price, too

It has all the makings of a delicious smoothie – a dollop of almond butter, an avocado, a few slices ...
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GMO corn that tolerates temperature drops could help farmers protect crop yields

Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of the grain each year, with even more grown ...
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Bumblebees disappearing at rates ‘consistent with mass extinction’ as climate changes

When you were young, were you the type of child who would scour open fields looking for bumble bees? Today, ...
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5 ways CRISPR-engineered animals can help combat climate change

Climate change is a man-made problem, but humans aren’t the only animals that will be impacted by warming temperatures and ...
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GMO crops with enhanced carbon-storing ability could help slow climate change

More than 10 percent of the Earth’s land-surface is cropped, about 3.7 billion acres of carbon sequestration Farmers’ toolkits for ...