Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

In products as common as wine, beer, cotton, flowers and others from the food sector such as soybeans and corn, ...
Zambia’s biosafety authority set to destroy 2,000 tons of GMO seeds in accordance with country’s ban

Zambia’s biosafety authority set to destroy 2,000 tons of GMO seeds in accordance with country’s ban

The [Zambian] National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has seized over 2,000 tonnes of genetically modified (GMO) maize seed. Communications officer Sandra ...
Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Most of the issues raised in available literature against GMOs on the grounds of health and environmental risks, and national ...
Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and ...
Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Durham, North Carolina-based women-founded startup Biomilq has successfully farmed human breast milk outside the body, the company has announced [June ...
Viewpoint: ‘Smart pesticide use’ — Here’s a way we can protect crops while preserving beneficial insects

Viewpoint: ‘Smart pesticide use’ — Here’s a way we can protect crops while preserving beneficial insects

Currently, products are developed and marketed to kill pest insects immediately. This has become the goal of crop treatments, and ...
Farmers warn Mexico’s GM corn ban will raise food prices

Farmers warn Mexico’s GM corn ban will raise food prices

Mexico’s farmer associations are teaming up and pushing back through legal battles in opposition to a presidential decree to ban ...
Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

A very bad regulation is coming.  Here's the short of it. In 2016 Congress passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure ...
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 ...
'They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world': In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

‘They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

A recent back and forth has stirred up controversy over at Foregin Policy. Are “Big Ag” and intensive farming destroying ...
Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here's a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here’s a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Reliable figures on the carbon footprints of different aquaculture species are hard to find – not least due to the ...
Viewpoint: New York’s ‘Birds and Bees Protection Act' targeting neonicotinoid pesticides doesn’t protect either and would hurt farmers

Viewpoint: New York’s ‘Birds and Bees Protection Act’ targeting neonicotinoid pesticides doesn’t protect either and would hurt farmers

[Recently,] the New York legislature began advancing the Birds and Bees Protection Act. If it passes both chambers and is ...
Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Voters in Switzerland on [June 12] overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have banned the use of artificial pesticides in ...
Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Despite the simplicity, beer brewing generates substantial amounts of by-products, including large amounts of spent grain, which are difficult and ...
Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Over the past decade, producers have skillfully persuaded consumers to pay four times the price for a dozen eggs that ...
Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

[A] group of scientists is cultivating the next generation of mutant grapes, which they hope will be resistant to shocks ...
Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Linear economies follow a “take-make-dispose” plan in which raw materials are collected, transformed into a product and used until discarded ...
Fact check: No, this ‘undercover video’ does not show World Health Organization experts confessing secret dangers posed by ‘glyphosate-tainted’ vaccines

Fact check: No, this ‘undercover video’ does not show World Health Organization experts confessing secret dangers posed by ‘glyphosate-tainted’ vaccines

The video begins with ominous music and 10 seconds of video of a conference room or classroom. Viewers can't hear ...
From smelly roadside nuisance to key biofuel crop? How gene editing could transform stinkweed into an essential canola alternative

From smelly roadside nuisance to key biofuel crop? How gene editing could transform stinkweed into an essential canola alternative

Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and ...
Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

In 2016 alone, marine-fishing vessels released 207 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to just 47 million in ...
Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

At a glance, the formula for cultured – or lab-grown – meat is simple. Take some animal cells, feed them ...
How CRISPR gene editing could dramatically reduce health threats posed by disease-carrying mosquitoes

How CRISPR gene editing could dramatically reduce health threats posed by disease-carrying mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s greatest nemeses, estimated to spread infections to nearly 700 million people per year and cause ...
Replacing unrecyclable plastics: Sustainable ‘biopolymers’ are made from tree bark and compost

Replacing unrecyclable plastics: Sustainable ‘biopolymers’ are made from tree bark and compost

Trees, crops and even organic waste can be transformed into a bewildering array of plastics to use in products ranging ...
Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

[F]ood tech has changed how we eat, for good. So, what’s the driving force behind this activity? And where have ...
Academic study: Minimal safety concerns about off-target mutations should not be used to block gene editing and other sustainability-focused new breeding techniques

Academic study: Minimal safety concerns about off-target mutations should not be used to block gene editing and other sustainability-focused new breeding techniques

For thousands of years, humans have been improving crops to better suit their needs. These enhancements are driven by changes ...
Facing mounting number of glyphosate lawsuits, Bayer offers 5-point plan to address future Roundup weedkiller claims

Facing mounting number of glyphosate lawsuits, Bayer offers 5-point plan to address future Roundup weedkiller claims

Bayer has announced [May 27] a series of actions it plans to implement following the denial of the motion to ...
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