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What I got wrong: GMO skeptic turned crop biotech advocate explains his ‘slow-motion conversion’

A recent open-heart surgery put my mind, as it might, on themes relating to mortality. Which got me thinking about ...
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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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Viewpoint: How the ‘Food Justice’ movement reinforces inequality while doing little to improve health outcomes

It’s not clear what concept of justice this activism actually serves ...
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Viewpoint: While ‘elitist academics’ praise local food ‘industrial farming’ feeds us during a pandemic

With the world COVID-19 pandemic in its sixth month, food activists are back to trumpeting locally grown, and even home ...
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Another pandemic coming? Expanding land use boosts exposure to diverse zoonotic diseases, study finds

Land use change—for example, the conversion of natural habitats to agricultural or urban ecosystems—is widely recognized to influence the risk ...
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Viewpoint: Without modern, industrial farming, pandemic would have claimed many more lives

In November of 2019 The Atlantic asked "experts" what they would change if they could go back in time. The ...
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Infographic: Five GMOs account for 99 percent of the global biotech crop area

In 2018, a total of 70 countries adopted biotech crops — 26 countries planted and 44 additional countries imported. Of ...
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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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Genetic analysis unravels East Asia’s history, highlighting migration of early farmers

Ancient genomics is starting to unravel the history of East Asia. The first large-scale studies of ancient human genomes from ...
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Agriculture is ‘ecocide’? Third-generation farmer takes on environmental objections to modern food production

When times are tough and people are struggling, we tend to look for someone to blame. The op-ed “Link between ...
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Viewpoint: How consumer fear and misguided regulation limit the progress of crop biotechnology

There is a profound disconnect between the modern science of crop improvement and the farmer ...
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Farmers running ‘unprecedented race’ to secure fertilizer, seeds and pesticides amid coronavirus outbreak

North America’s biggest farm suppliers are accelerating shipments of fertilizer, seeds and agricultural chemicals to crop-growing regions in an unprecedented ...
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Corporate farms vs small family farms: Is one operation better than the other?

There is an ongoing debate in the agriculture industry between small family farms and large corporate farms. The controversy between ...
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Synthetic biosensors: Engineered plants could detect flu viruses and crop pests before they become global problems

You’ve felt sick ever since you started working in a different office .... but building management can’t find the source ...
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Insect extinctions happen every day, studies suggest, threatening food security and ecosystem functions

Humanity is pushing many ecosystems beyond recovery. As a consequence, unquantified and unquantifiable insect extinctions are happening every day. Two ...
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Viewpoint: Historical opposition to tractors in farming mirrors modern campaign against GMO crops

[T]ractors made farm work more efficient and lowered food prices, but they also drove many farmers out of business. Farms ...
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Viewpoint: After years of bashing agriculture and GMOs, Chipotle reverses course with ‘Cultivate the Future of Farming’ campaign

Given Chipotle's past cozy relationship with organic food marketers, this seems more like a marketing stunt ...
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Five ways CRISPR plants can combat climate change

Plants occupy a unique nexus when it comes to climate change. On the one hand, they can help prevent climate ...
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Agriculture companies accelerate biopesticide development amid consumer pressure for less chemical-intensive farming

Agribusiness is increasingly turning to natural and sustainable alternatives to chemicals as consumers rebuff genetically modified foods and concerns grow ...
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Viewpoint: Confused about GMOs and pesticides? Here’s a science-based handbook for combating anti-biotech fallacies

The risk posed by junk science meant to skew our perception of food safety and biotechnology cannot be overstated ...
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Consumers love technology, survey shows—but not when it comes to GMOs and farming

Technology in agriculture is how we’ll feed a growing population, make farming more sustainable and improve the lives of farm ...
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Viewpoint: Conventional, organic farmers risk alienating consumers by ‘trashing’ each other’s products

I once rescued a car from a mechanic who was pushing much unnecessary “repair” work. The ethical mechanic I took ...
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Meet ‘Tom’: The weed-spotting robot that could slash blanket herbicide spraying

A National Trust estate farm has brought in a robot called Tom to map its weeds. The robot’s mapping capability ...
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‘The Martian’: More science than fiction? Crops could grow in space, study suggests

Whoever is going to survive on the Moon and Mars is going to have to eat. There’s just one problem ...
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Where’d pineapple come from? Study explores the evolution of an ever-popular tropical fruit

Researchers have now gained new insights on how human agriculture helped shape the evolution of pineapple. Led by University of ...
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Weed-pulling robots are here. Can they eliminate chemical herbicides?

Early this year, 85-year-old Bonipak Produce unleashed an orange, 8,000-pound autonomous robot upon its California vegetable fields. It was one ...
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Viewpoint: Processed food does not necessarily mean it’s unhealthy—the science behind an essential but misunderstood technology

You are you and I am me because of processed foods, because our ancestors learned how to cook meat and make bread and, perhaps ...