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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 ...
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Video: New education campaign gives ‘farmer moms’ a voice in the GMO debate

A Fresh Look is one of the newest efforts to give farmers a voice about GMOs and speak directly to the ...
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Viewpoint: Eliminating pesticides from farming isn’t realistic—or desirable

In about 1980, I visited several International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) research sites in Mexico. The trip included ...
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‘Factory farms wreck the environment’ and other myths farmers are tired of hearing

Here are [some] of the biggest myths spread on social media and in the mainstream media, and some stuff we ...
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Viewpoint: We should just retire the whole ‘feed the world’ thing when it comes to promoting GMOs

How often do we hear something along the lines of "We won't be able to feed 10 billion people by ...
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‘The Farm Project’: Actress Zooey Deschanel’s advice on organic food, pesticides is short on science

The actress Zooey Deschanel cites pesticide use in advising Facebook users to avoid certain non-organic produce. Is that scientifically sound ...
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Viewpoint: European organic industry’s obsession with ‘natural’ threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

What is nature? What is natural? Philosophers have been arguing about this since antiquity. Supporters of organic farming seem to ...
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Viewpoint: Unlikely alliance between environmentalists, farmers and big ag companies aims to improve soil health

Here are three startling facts about the planet Earth: It currently hosts seven and a half billion people. Its carrying ...
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How Russia tried to turn America against GMOs and agricultural biotechnology and sow ideological discord

How serious was secret Russian interventionism when it comes to creating public discord over US farming and agricultural trade policy? ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Talking Biotech: ‘Farm Babe’ Michelle Miller takes on critics of GMOs, modern farming

Writer Michelle Miller: The 'Food Babe' is critical of those who marginalize farmers and farming, and a powerful voice for ...
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GMO farming grows to record 457 million acres in 26 countries worldwide

The cultivation of genetically engineered (GMO) crops hit record levels in 2016, with 18 million farmers planting 185.1 million hectares ...
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Viewpoint: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ perpetuates stereotypes about food, farming and scientists

The popular Netflix movie is a disservice to important agricultural research aimed at producing more food with fewer resources, writes ...
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Talking Biotech: Know Ideas Media gives scientists platform to discuss future of food and farming

Canadian filmmaker Nick Saik is taking the 100+ hours of footage he recorded for his Know GMO documentary and turning ...
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Calestous Juma: Africa needs its own Green Revolution based on science and technology

Africa can learn from the Green Revolution model—which saved up to one billion people from starvation—by bringing together government, academia, ...
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‘Big Ag’ may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

For some, GMOs are synonymous with 'Big Ag'? For others, 'Big Ag' means something entirely different. Does 'Big Ag' even ...
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Organic farmer’s plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

An organic farmer speaks out on the similarities between conventional and organic--and the benefits farmers can receive from using both ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO online series promotes fear and ‘less sustainable’ farming

Works like the recently released "GMOs Revealed" are making it more difficult for new agricultural techniques to gain widespread acceptance ...
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Podcast: How agriculture spurred the domestication of wild cats

Geneticist Eva-Maria Geigl: Early grain farms attracted rodents—and wild cats that were social enough to hunt them near human settlements ...
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Farms are not like Eden: The case for aggressive human intervention in agriculture

Farming is controlling nature for our own purposes. There is no utopian state. We should stop trying to restore, recover, ...
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Is the organic farming yield gap a sustainability gap too? New study argues for cooperation

Organic farming can't match conventional's yields. But if the acrimony could end, farmers now pitted against one another could crossbreed ...
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No-till agriculture offers vast sustainability benefits. So why do many organic farmers reject it?

Conservation-minded farmers are embracing what is called no-till agriculture, which dramatically improves water retention and cuts down on greenhouse gas ...
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