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Bees ‘scent trained’ to effectively pollinate sunflowers boost seed production up to 57%

Scientists in Argentina have trained honeybees to more effectively pollinate sunflowers — a method they believe can also be applied ...
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Viewpoint: How biotech crops, lab-grown meat and other food innovations could jump start post-COVID economic recovery

COVID-19 threatens to slow or halt agricultural innovation in the US by exacerbating the decline in public R&D and threatening ...
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Viewpoint: Irrational pesticide fears discourage produce consumption and increase cancer risk

Fostering fear doesn't help us eat healthier ...
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Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
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Viewpoint: Why GMOs? Biotechnology yields a drought-tolerant rice that conventional breeding couldn’t produce

“Photosynthesis: a feat of chemical engineering underpinning creation’s entire cathedral.” ― Richard Powers, The Overstory ...
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CRISPR could stop destructive whiteflies from infecting food crops with viral pathogens

Whiteflies are among the most important agricultural pests in the world, yet they have been difficult to genetically manipulate and ...
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Next-generation gene-editing technology: Path to a second Green Revolution?

Might gene-editing facilitate the task of generating and identifying yield-enhancing genetic variation? ...
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Low-hanging fruit: How the first generation of GMO crops yielded massive economic and environmental benefits

There are still no widely available GM varieties of either wheat or rice, the second and third most widely grown ...
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Plant breeders rapidly adopting gene editing to commercialize more high-yielding crops

It would be inaccurate to say that plant breeders in Canada are ‘a dime a dozen’. A rough estimate places ...
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Anti-GMO forces target New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) despite similarities to conventional crops

The same meritless arguments leveled against GMOs resurface for New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) ...
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Genetic engineering, CRISPR and food: What the ‘revolution’ will bring in the near future

Genetic engineering and gene editing have the potential to radically transform our lives if they can overcome the objections of ...
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Podcast: Food companies employ climate modeling to safeguard key crops as planet warms

Every year, the company Ingredion buys millions of tons of corn and cassava from farmers and turns them into starches ...
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Using synthetic biology to solve some of ‘the hardest problems in the world’, with new foods, medicines

Many of the products we use every day—plastics, cosmetics, clothing, fertilizers, and even aspirin—include molecular ingredients derived from petrochemicals. But, ...
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New insight into how plants breathe could lead to more water-efficient crops

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels -- the lungs of the leaf -- to transport carbon ...
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Nigeria’s greenlighting of Bt insect resistant cotton and cowpeas may spur Africa’s acceptance of GMOs

Barring a change of course, Nigeria is on pace to become one of the largest GM producing and consuming countries ...
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More than one-third of Americans do not know that foods with zero genetically modified ingredients contain genes—and why that matters

More than a third of Americans think that only GMO foods contain genes. Even worse--people aren't looking to scientists to ...
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IBM, Yara International announce digital platform to optimize crop production for individual farms

Yara International, a leader in crop nutrition, and IBM announced [April 26] an agreement to build the world’s leading digital ...
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Infographic: Global regulatory and health research agencies on whether glyphosate causes cancer

A jury decision, while significant, is not a substitute for scientific research ...
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Infographic: Are genetically engineered crops less safe than classically-bred food?

Crops and foods today are not what they used to look like. Farmers and plant breeders have been modifying plant ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 5: Soil health―When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall, many consumers are still worried about pesticides. They are especially concerned with ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

What is the truth about crop pesticides and their residues in food in 2018? ...
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New biotech crop-breeding technologies struggle for traction across much of Africa

"Multinational companies from the developed world don’t want any scientific progress going on in Africa," says Ugandan researcher ...
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Ugandan researchers look to biotechnology to bolster food production in the face of climate change

As the impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide, farmers are likely to face new challenges in the form ...
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Pentagon DARPA program targeting crop losses could turn insects into ‘easily weaponized’ biological army, critics claim

The Pentagon is studying whether insects can be enlisted to combat crop loss during agricultural emergencies. The bugs would carry ...