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Viewpoint: UN’s ‘hand-in-glove’ alliance with anti-pesticide groups cripples response to Africa’s ravenous locust swarms

In a year devastated by locust plagues, the COVID-19 pandemic, and massive flooding that displaced over a hundred thousand people ...
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COVID-19 cases surge worldwide as WHO confirms virus is not seasonal

Globally, WHO has reported as on [July 28], 16,301,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 650,069 deaths. The Americas remains the epicentre by region, ...
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Kenya close to eradicating locust infestations, but resurgence possible before end of 2020, UN warns

Kenya is likely to become free from desert locusts in the near future thanks to roll-out of robust containment measures, ...
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Viewpoint: Government-funded anti-GMO groups promote hunger in world’s poorest nations

Too many US, EU and UN government agencies have been captured by neo-colonialist elements in their leadership and ranks, and ...
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Access to plant genetic data sparks conflict between rich, poor countries trying to breed climate-resilient crops

Ahead of renewed negotiations to revise a global treaty in Rome on [November 11], rich and poor countries are at ...
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United Nations FAO biotech expert panel: CRISPR gene editing can ‘transform’ agricultural production

CRISPR gene editing has a pivotal role to play in the fight against global food insecurity,  a panel of US ...
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Viewpoint: Why agroecology alone won’t boost sustainable farming in the developing world

Global farmers must not only feed ten billion people by 2050 but do so while lowering agricultural greenhouse gas emissions ...
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United Nations FAO: 14 percent of food wasted before it reaches consumers

Around 14 percent of global food goes to waste after harvesting and before reaching the retail level, including through on-farm ...
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Chinese biologist Qu Dongyu to focus on hunger, poverty eradication as UN Food and Agriculture Organization chief

Qu Dongyu, China's deputy agricultural minister, was elected [June 23] as the new director general of the U.N. Food and ...
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Viewpoint: To boost sustainable farming, new UN Food and Agriculture Organization chief should promote science-based policies

The United Nations body is about to elect a new director‑general. The choice will affect the entire globe for years ...
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In bid for US support, French candidate to head UN agricultural agency says she’s not necessarily opposed to GMO or gene-edited crops

Europe’s candidate to run the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which guides policymakers around the world, has promised the ...
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Viewpoint: Modern farming, economic growth don’t cause biodiversity decline—they prevent it

Driven perhaps by envy at the attention that climate change is getting, and ambition to set up a great new ...
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As IARC glyphosate-cancer finding draws more scrutiny, WHO rebukes agency for ‘undermining’ other UN chemical safety assessments

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was once a serious, revered organization with the somber task of tackling ...
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Can we boost crop yields by making photosynthesis better with genetic engineering?

Will an improvement of photosynthesis make up for the food shortfalls we expect to face in coming years? ...
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UN: ‘Unintended consequences’ of CRISPR gene editing among top 5 ’emerging’ environmental concerns

Genetic engineering, the consequences of thawing permafrost soils and the fragmentation of animal and human habitats through gigantic construction projects ...
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Viewpoint: GMO crops are key to sustainable farming—why are some scientists afraid to talk about them?

A shallow piece in the journal Science downplaying the importance of GMO crops belongs in a New Age publication ...
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After dodging a ban, what’s in store for gene drives in 2019?

With gene drive techniques, we could—perhaps rapidly and inexpensively—wipe out malaria’s hosts for good, and consign it to the list ...
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UN rejects gene drive moratorium, but agrees to some limits

Nations rejected a proposal to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a genetic-engineering technology designed to ...
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African nations push back against proposed UN ban on gene drives

Africa has kicked against a proposed moratorium on the environmental release of organisms containing gene drives now under debate at ...