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Scientists breeding new disease-resistant soybeans to crack down on parasitic nematode

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) [a common soybean pest] has overcome the main source of genetic resistance – PI 88788 – ...
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Organic farming in US doubles as organic food sales reach $7.6 billion annually

There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data ...
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Winter cover crops meant to protect soil may contribute to climate change

Farmers grow crops or leave dying vegetation in their fields over the winter. A new study from the National Center ...
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Can we meet a growing need for food without destroying our environment?

'Sustainable intensification' takes the best ideas from conventional and organic farming ...
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Organic vs conventional farming: Which is worse for Earth’s climate?

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required ...
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Fighting weeds: Can we reduce, or even eliminate, herbicides by utilizing robotics and AI?

A quick look at some of the technical strategies being pursued in farming robotics and AI ...
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We need to produce 56 percent more calories by 2050—can we do it sustainably?

 If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won’t be enough for cars and factories to ...
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Podcast: Countering the ‘culture of alarmism’ surrounding modern farming

The culture of alarmism is an unending and relentless drumbeat that everything sold in the grocery store, every piece of ...
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Is organic produce hazardous to your health?

We’ve all heard the reports. Toxic organic pesticides cause problems for the environment. Organic pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s Disease, mass bee deaths, and ...
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Teen farmer challenges myths about GMOs, ‘factory farming’

Growing up on a production agriculture farm .... I help to produce the food that we enjoy on a daily ...
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Teenagers view scientific innovation as key to sustainable farming, UK survey shows

Four out of ten teenagers feel that their generation should be much more interested in where their food comes from, ...
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We could visit Mars within a decade—and grow food when we get there

A visit to Mars is almost guaranteed within the next decade or so .... And long-term occupation may not be ...
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Video: Organic vs conventional farming—do we have to pick one or the other?

The public debate over the costs and benefits of organic and conventional farming continues unabated. But what exactly separates them? ...
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Viewpoint: New glyphosate study suggesting danger to honeybee microbiota is detailed, sophisticated—and wrong

Erick Motta and colleagues at the University of Hawaii just published a paper in PNAS entitled "Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees." ...
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Sustainability advantage: ‘High-yield’ intensive agriculture outpaces organic farming, large study shows

Opposition to “high-yield” agriculture has taken many forms: Accusations of corporate takeover of the idealized family farm; preference for organic ...
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Climate change could accelerate demand for robot farmers

It’s harvest season in the Northern hemisphere, so farmers head into the fields to gather the fruit of their hard ...
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Toxic organic pesticides pose surprising challenge to pro-environment politicians

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released fresh data which re-confirms the toxicity of copper compounds, pesticides that are ...
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Biotech researchers petition FDA to ban ‘deceptive’ Non-GMO Project butterfly logo

The most authoritative science and technology think tank in the United States has filed a petition against the Non-GMO Project’s ...
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Conventional dairy farms do less environmental damage than their organic counterparts

Organic farming has long been considered more environmentally friendly than intensive, conventional farming. But a study led by scientists at ...
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Quaker Foods vice president says breakfast cereals aren’t tainted by weed killer glyphosate

Quaker Oats had an “aha moment” about a year ago, said Robbert Rietbroek, senior vice president and general manager for ...
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80 percent of Americans prefer organic produce, but are they healthier for it?

A whopping 82.3 percent of American households stock up on organic food .... But what if everything we know—or think we know—about ...
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Farming mom: ‘Organic methods made our farm’s environmental impact worse’

Carpooler In Chief, Homework Enforcement Officer, President of Lunch-Packing, Bedtime Efficiency Strategist… When you’re a mom, you never wear just ...
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Video: Fear of biotech remains high, but GMOs are revolutionizing farming worldwide

It's no secret that many consumers remain fearful of agricultural biotechnology. More than half of Europe's citizens, for instance, believe ...
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If every country ate like America, the world would run out of farmland, study claims

If everybody in the world adopted the North American diet, there would be a shortage of land .... a new ...
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Biotech startups race against ‘Big Ag’ to develop gene-edited crops

Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm co-founded by a genetics professor, altered the genes of a soybean plant to produce healthier ...
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Precision drones, driverless tractors bring automated agriculture closer to fruition in the UK

Farming drones from China may soon be buzzing across British fields as a result of a new partnership between Chinese ...
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‘Land sparing’ or ‘land sharing’? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

Farmers face a growing dilemma .... How do you feed .... people without harming the environment? [G]rowing as much food ...
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Viewpoint: Organic vs GMO debate distracts from real food security issues

.... For several years now, GMOs and organic have consumed America’s attention. It isn’t our interest in these topics that is ...