CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

A just-published study found that consuming two or more sugar-sweetened beverages in a day is linked to a doubling of ...
Podcast — 'We're growing food now in a way that doesn't leave room for other biodiversity':  How GMO crops are affecting the monarch butterfly and what can be done about it

Podcast — ‘We’re growing food now in a way that doesn’t leave room for other biodiversity’: How GMO crops are affecting the monarch butterfly and what can be done about it

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from an interview with University of Georgia ecologist Sonia Altizer and NPR host ...
Tired of eating strawberries that taste like cardboard? CRISPR gene editing poised to improve ‘fruit quality’ and disease resistance of next-generation fruits

Tired of eating strawberries that taste like cardboard? CRISPR gene editing poised to improve ‘fruit quality’ and disease resistance of next-generation fruits

Recent technology has been developed to precisely engineer genes for traits of interest. This approach is known as "CRISPR" gene ...
Viewpoint: Here’s one key thing the Biden administration can do to seriously address climate change

Viewpoint: Here’s one key thing the Biden administration can do to seriously address climate change

President Biden and his administration need to take concerted actions to advance an area of research that could prove decisive ...
Book review: Jennifer Thompson's 'GM Crops and the Global Divide' offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

Book review: Jennifer Thompson’s ‘GM Crops and the Global Divide’ offers lessons drawn from the history of the agricultural biotechnology revolution, for activists to CRISPR advocates

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading “GM Crops and the Global Divide,” the new book by Jennifer Thomson, emeritus professor at ...
'Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive': Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

‘Imposing expansion of organic farming by decree counterproductive’: Farmer, ag industry executive challenges Europe to rethink its anti-biotech, anti-nuclear ideology

In the midst of the Farm to Fork (F2F) debate and the renegotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the ...
Genetically modified Bt cotton helped eradicate pink bollworm — and saved US farmers $200 million over five years. Now, scientists and farmers are deploying technology to target other pests

Genetically modified Bt cotton helped eradicate pink bollworm — and saved US farmers $200 million over five years. Now, scientists and farmers are deploying technology to target other pests

A recent study from the University of Arizona shows that farmers were able to eradicate [pink bollworm] with the help ...
Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a 'GMO'? The question has important implications for regulation

Is there a difference between a gene-edited organism and a ‘GMO’? The question has important implications for regulation

The controversy over genetically engineered organisms (sometimes called “genetically modified organisms,” or “GMOs”) is genuine, not faux — but only ...
Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

Viewpoint — ‘By 2050 agricultural land will increase by an area twice the size of India’: The US should use its ‘influence’ to encourage adoption of crop biotechnology

If crop and pasture yields continue to grow as projected, by 2050 agricultural land will need to increase by an ...
Climate change is roiling the African continent. With cutting-edge biotech solutions largely blocked, governments rely on tweaks of more traditional technologies to boost output

Climate change is roiling the African continent. With cutting-edge biotech solutions largely blocked, governments rely on tweaks of more traditional technologies to boost output

While Africa is currently responsible for a negligible amount of total global greenhouse gas emissions, the continent is under significant ...
Hacking plants’ circadian clock: How watering and applying pesticides at the most effective time of day can boost yields

Hacking plants’ circadian clock: How watering and applying pesticides at the most effective time of day can boost yields

Like humans, plants have an ‘internal clock’ that monitors the rhythms of their environment. The authors of a study published ...
Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

Gene editing ‘could make a very real and positive difference’ in farming — but will regulating it as a GMO stunt its potential? Here’s a guide

What is gene editing and what does the process actually entail? According to [a UK Department of Food, Environment and ...
China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China to restrict reliance on foreign seed companies to foster lagging innovation in genetic engineering and advanced breeding

China will encourage technological innovation to boost domestic supplies of high-quality seeds, dubbed "agriculture microchips," officials said at a seed ...
Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Viewpoint — ‘It is wrong to leave Africans at the mercy of organic farming’: Western activists should not force ‘unproductive agroecology’ on developing farmers

Because of GM technology, crop-protection tools, and more, farmers are growing more food and cotton on less land than ever ...
Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

Viewpoint: ‘Is an ethical diet enough?’ Veganism has become mainstream — but is it really more sustainable?

A vegan diet contains very low amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol, high amounts of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, ...
Podcast: 'GMOs' are more natural than you think; CRISPR mosquitoes fight malaria; Dating apps and syphilis

Podcast: ‘GMOs’ are more natural than you think; CRISPR mosquitoes fight malaria; Dating apps and syphilis

A growing body of research shows that dozens of naturally transgenic plants have existed for millions of years, undermining a ...
Viewpoint: Organic farming offers some sustainability benefits, but ‘fear-driven marketing campaigns’ exaggerate advantages and demonize acceptable alternatives

Viewpoint: Organic farming offers some sustainability benefits, but ‘fear-driven marketing campaigns’ exaggerate advantages and demonize acceptable alternatives

When the “Risk-Monger’s Dirty Dozen” list of pesticides used in organic farming was published, I had broken a taboo. Before ...
'It's simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale': Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

‘It’s simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale’: Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

The food company General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced in 2018 that it would convert [Gunsmoke Farms, located northwest of Pierre, ...
A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

People needed to find new ways to grow plants — and soon.  The scientist’s urgency came not only from what ...
The Green Revolution was built on manipulating genes to breed higher-yielding, disease resistant crops. Here's an ode to one of its pioneers, Sanjaya Rajaram

The Green Revolution was built on manipulating genes to breed higher-yielding, disease resistant crops. Here’s an ode to one of its pioneers, Sanjaya Rajaram

Few people are aware of the heroes behind the surge in yields of wheat and other crops that began in ...
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Over 2,000 Nigerian farmers ready to grow GM cowpea this year

More than 2,000 Nigerian farmers are planning to plant Bt cowpea, the country’s first genetically modified food crop, in July ...
In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

In ‘urgent plea’ for organic farming to allow biotechnology, researchers say Europe’s Farm to Fork program ‘will likely fail’ without it

An international research team, including scientists from Wageningen University & Research [WUR] in the Netherlands, says that unless the EU ...
Viewpoint: ‘Genetically modified crops are not deadly mutants produced in a lab. Consider them pest-resistant, famine-fighting Avengers’

Viewpoint: ‘Genetically modified crops are not deadly mutants produced in a lab. Consider them pest-resistant, famine-fighting Avengers’

The wild version of the banana plant had inedible fruit filled with tons of seeds. Humans have, through a meticulous ...
Viewpoint: ‘Feel-good purchases’: This farmer believes the ‘regenerative agriculture movement’ is the latest fad promoting misconceptions about conventional farming

Viewpoint: ‘Feel-good purchases’: This farmer believes the ‘regenerative agriculture movement’ is the latest fad promoting misconceptions about conventional farming

The public’s fascination with regenerative agriculture is relatively new. But many people seem to think it’s a way to “fix” ...
Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Among technologies expected to aid the production of more and safer food in the future are cultured meat, precision agriculture, ...
Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

Viewpoint: ‘Deep structural flaws’ plague Nigeria’s food system: ‘Gene-editing and the use of genetically modified organisms need to be mobilized’

During the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, I joined a humanitarian team to distribute food to poor people in the urban ...
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