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New meta-analysis finds Bt crops have no impact on soil biota

A new meta-analysis finds that genetically modified Bt crops — in stark contrast to some pesticides — have no impact ...
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Viewpoint: American agriculture could ‘unravel’ without major sustainability changes

Picture an ideal dinner plate. If you’re like most Americans, it features a hearty portion of meat, from animals fattened ...
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Exposure to different types of dirt may boost body’s immune system, study suggests

Differences in allergy incidence between the two sides of the Finnish-Russian border might have something to do with exposure to ...
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USDA scientist: Cover crops check soil degradation—major threat to global food security

Visit the typical almond farm in California and you’ll see rows of trees stretching to the horizon, forming an arching ...
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1/3 of the world’s soil is degraded. But technology can bring our farmland ‘back to life’

In Iowa they call it “black gold” – a fertile blanket covering the landlocked Midwestern state. Thousands of years of ...
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‘Second generation’ GMO plants could turn marginal soils into productive farmland

Roughly one-third of the world’s arable land suffers from lack of accessible iron, rendering it inhospitable to staple crops like ...
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‘Carbon farming’: The answer to climate change, flooding and declining biodiversity?

The chemical in question is carbon. Too much of it in the atmosphere (in the form of carbon dioxide, a ...
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Soil erosion accelerates climate change, impacting 3.2 billion people, UN report claims

There's three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon's being released by deforestation ...
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‘Sticky’ pesticides could protect crops, cut harmful agricultural runoff

A problem with many pesticides is that rain washes them off plants and into the soil and groundwater. Now, researchers ...
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GMO crops and herbicides: A ‘win-win’ for farmers and the environment, plant scientist Wayne Parrott says

A fertile soil is a microbial wonderland .... a tiny ecosystem too small to see with our eyes. Yet, the ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regenerative agriculture’ could reverse soil degradation and save our farmland along the way

New technologies and genetically modified crops are usually invoked as the key to feeding the world’s growing population. But a ...
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Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Does the organic food industry use deceptive marketing practices to scare wealthy customers away from conventional agriculture and GMOs? The ...
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Are GMOs to blame for the loss of nutrients in our fruits and vegetables?

Mineral and nutrient depletion, blamed on GMOs by anti-biotech activists, began long before GMOs were introduced. Time to look for ...