agra pushes small african farmers to sacrifice food crops for commercial crops esp corn

Viewpoint: ‘Green neo-colonialism’ — Utopian visions of organic farming promote starvation in Africa

James Njoroge | 
Across Africa, farmers and governments are struggling to feed growing populations. Ongoing and deadly locusts and Fall Armyworm infestations, cancer-causing ...
Freezer burn wastes food. Now scientists are developing bio-based solutions to prevent recrystallization

Freezer burn wastes food. Now scientists are developing bio-based solutions to prevent recrystallization

Tong Wang | 
Open the freezer door and there, way in the back, may be an old carton of ice cream growing spikes ...
Part 1: Viewpoint — 'Misguided and counterproductive': Why the world needs to scrap the Cartagena Safety Protocol that influences regulation and impedes global trade of GM seeds and plants

Part 1: Viewpoint — ‘Misguided and counterproductive’: Why the world needs to scrap the Cartagena Safety Protocol that influences regulation and impedes global trade of GM seeds and plants

Giovanni Molteni Tagliabue | 
According to a long-time and widespread scientific consensus, agri-food biotechnology regulation should focus on the risks and benefits of each ...
10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

Daniel Norero | 
"This rice could save a million kids a year," read a famous Time magazine cover from July 2000. The report ...
‘Minimizing the probability of adverse outcomes’ is driving the ever-changing, sometimes conflicting recommendations on mask wearing

‘Minimizing the probability of adverse outcomes’ is driving the ever-changing, sometimes conflicting recommendations on mask wearing

Henry Miller | 
There is increasing confusion, and even consternation, over what seem to be disparate policies, recommendations, and mandates emerging in response ...
Hulu’s Rosemary's Baby redux ‘False Positive’ bungles the science and stretches credulity

Hulu’s Rosemary’s Baby redux ‘False Positive’ bungles the science and stretches credulity

Ricki Lewis | 
I looked forward to Hulu’s original horror film False Positive, pitched as a modern-day Rosemary’s Baby. It premiered at the Tribeca ...
You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

David McLelland | 
The world’s attention is presently focused on the mRNA vaccines, which may turn out to be the most revolutionary vaccines ...
Activists and 'celebrity figures' are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Activists and ‘celebrity figures’ are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Luis Ventura | 
On New Year’s Eve 2020, the Mexican government announced its plan to ban GMO corn and phase out GMO corn ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

David Zaruk | 
Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Lucy Stitzer | 
Soil microbes are hard to see and understand, yet we know that they have a significant impact on plant health, ...
Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Activist groups opposed to agricultural biotechnology (GMOs and gene edited crops and animals) repeatedly claim that the Genetic Literacy Project ...
Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Ricki Lewis | 
We’re obsessed with aging. In the quest to prolong life while remaining healthy, people have tried everything from turtle soup ...
How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It's critical, and here's a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It’s critical, and here’s a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

Alex Smith, Dan Blaustein-Rejto | 
COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis have highlighted and exacerbated the plight of American farmers, while also threatening already dwindling ...
Viewpoint: 'Killer petunias'? The shameful story of the USDA's 'unscientific, innovation-stifling' process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Viewpoint: ‘Killer petunias’? The shameful story of the USDA’s ‘unscientific, innovation-stifling’ process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers

Henry Miller | 
Now that vivid orange, red, and purple genetically engineered petunias are approved for distribution to plant nurseries, it’s time for ...
Vaccine equity: This is what the US is doing to ensure widespread global access to COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine equity: This is what the US is doing to ensure widespread global access to COVID-19 vaccines

Jennifer Kates, Josh Michaud | 
The U.S. is expected to soon have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses on hand to fully vaccinate just about everyone in ...
Viewpoint: Livestock—an underrated solution to climate change

Viewpoint: Livestock—an underrated solution to climate change

Savannah Gleim | 
Climate change is real and in many instances, agriculture’s livestock is often tagged as being a leading emitter, but what if ...
The age of genetically-enhanced children is approaching. Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a have-and-have not future, and it’s not pleasant

The age of genetically-enhanced children is approaching. Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a have-and-have not future, and it’s not pleasant

Ricki Lewis | 
Biotech interventions to help sick children—like gene therapy—are approached with supreme caution. If a treatment has a reasonable chance of ...
Natural GMOs: Plants and animals 'steal genes' from other species during process of evolution, mimicking transgenics

Natural GMOs: Plants and animals ‘steal genes’ from other species during process of evolution, mimicking transgenics

Luke Dunning | 
Little did biologist Gregor Mendel know that his experiments with sweet peas in a monastery garden in Brno, Czech Republic, would ...
Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

Jon Entine, Toby Webb | 
As the benefits of biotechnology come to fruition, people are letting go of the dated view that we should be ...
International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

Luis Ventura | 
The United States and Europe are home to some of the most influential anti-biotechnology advocacy groups in the world. They ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Kayleen Schreiber, Marc Brazeau | 
Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement's future into doubt

Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt

Steven Cerier | 
The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime ...
Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

Tanveer Ahmed | 
The fate of male reproductive organs is not a traditional concern in debates about the environment. But this is the ...
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Agriculture and climate change: Taking the best of all farming systems could tip the carbon scale in the right direction

Andrew Porterfield | 
Agriculture contributes a significant portion of the world's climate-changing greenhouse gases. In turn, changes in climate will reduce agricultural yields ...
Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 'cold spot'? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Jon Entine, Patrick Whittle | 
Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite ...
Catching COVID from food: A year’s worth of research dispels panic

Catching COVID from food: A year’s worth of research dispels panic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, not much was known about SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus) and its survival in food, on various materials ...
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