‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

Lauren Quinn | 
By the end of the century, scientists expect climate change to reduce corn yield significantly, with some estimating losses up ...
Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

David Matthews | 
The UK is gearing up to diverge from the EU and make it easier to research and commercially cultivate genetically ...
Insects: The sustainable future of food and feed?

Insects: The sustainable future of food and feed?

Busani Bafana | 
Call it protein on the fly, on the shuffle or on the crawl. Insects are the future of food, offering ...
Viewpoint: Organic only experiment in Sri Lanka goes awry — 'The government would do well to listen to the country’s agricultural scientists and not to quacks masquerading as experts'

Viewpoint: Organic only experiment in Sri Lanka goes awry — ‘The government would do well to listen to the country’s agricultural scientists and not to quacks masquerading as experts’

R Ramakumar | 
[Sri Lankan] President Rajapaksa’s ill-conceived and extremist policy, announced in April this year, of banning the import of all chemical ...
Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

Viewpoint: ‘Lots of pain for little environmental gain’ — EU Farm to Fork strategy would reduce yields by 15%, cutting farmer incomes and increasing imports

The [European] Commission has finally released a study on the impact of its F2F and Biodiversity Strategy proposals on the ...
Viewpoint: Meta-review of 266 studies concludes weedkiller paraquat doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease

Viewpoint: Meta-review of 266 studies concludes weedkiller paraquat doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease

Douglas Weed | 
In order to examine the extent to which a consensus exists in the scientific community regarding the relationship between paraquat ...
As the dairy industry inches toward adopting ‘regenerative agriculture’ practices, tensions emerge between large-scale operations and anti-corporate purists

As the dairy industry inches toward adopting ‘regenerative agriculture’ practices, tensions emerge between large-scale operations and anti-corporate purists

Gosia Wozniacka | 
Danone, General Mills (maker of Yoplait yogurt and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, among other big dairy brands), and yogurt maker Stonyfield ...
Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Zimbabwean farmers push for GMO cotton approval after South Africa, Sudan, Botswana, Malawi and Burkina Faso see increased outputs and poverty reduction

Victor Bhoroma | 
[Cotton] is the second most important cash crop in Zimbabwe (after tobacco) in terms of export earnings (earnings of US$30,1 ...
Viewpoint: Sri Lanka economic crisis deepens as recently-imposed chemical fertilizer ban stirs inflation in a country already suffering from the pandemic

Viewpoint: Sri Lanka economic crisis deepens as recently-imposed chemical fertilizer ban stirs inflation in a country already suffering from the pandemic

Vivian Fernandes | 
An ill-advised ban on the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, combined with pandemic-induced contraction of the economy and decline ...
Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Wind-proof corn? New hybrid variety withstands 100 mile per hour winds, helping crops survive unpredictable and extreme weather

Matthew Wilde | 
Only one corn-breeding line out of about 150 remained standing after a derecho slammed into Beck's Superior Hybrids nursery, near ...
Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Emma Bryce | 
Substituting just half a portion of beef with a handful of nuts, vegetables, fruits, and seafood could buy you 48 ...
Viewpoint: ‘Nature fetishism’ — Affluent Westerners increasingly reject science, spreading unwarranted suspicions about nuclear energy, biotech-modified seeds and vaccines

Viewpoint: ‘Nature fetishism’ — Affluent Westerners increasingly reject science, spreading unwarranted suspicions about nuclear energy, biotech-modified seeds and vaccines

Simon Kuper | 
If you asked people to name the most dangerous ideologies of our time, common answers would be authoritarianism, racism and ...
Viewpoint: ‘Endless war’ — Nigeria and other African countries challenged by conflicting claims about benefits and alleged unknowns of GMO crops

Viewpoint: ‘Endless war’ — Nigeria and other African countries challenged by conflicting claims about benefits and alleged unknowns of GMO crops

Caleb Onwe, Chijioke Iremeka | 
There’s been an endless war against the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Nigerian food staples and its touted ...
Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Major disruption: Conventional meat and dairy businesses face serious challenges as alternative innovations blossom

Jeff Gelski | 
Meat and dairy products in recent years have battled plant-based alternatives for consumer dollars. Now, another competitor looms.  “Major disruption ...
Sri Lanka’s plan to go ‘all organic’ and end use of synthetic chemicals leaves staple tea industry in 'complete disarray'

Sri Lanka’s plan to go ‘all organic’ and end use of synthetic chemicals leaves staple tea industry in ‘complete disarray’

Sri Lanka’s drive to become the world’s first 100 percent organic food producer threatens its prized tea industry and has ...
‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

‘Waste can be reimagined as a resource’: How insects are making trash sustainable

Anagha Subhash Nair, Milly Chan | 
[Chua Kai-Ning] and her partner, Phua Jun Wei, founded startup Insectta in 2017. They are battling Singapore's food waste crisis ...
While Africa seeks to harmonize crop biotechnology regulations, activists ‘corporate infiltration’ narrative

While Africa seeks to harmonize crop biotechnology regulations, activists ‘corporate infiltration’ narrative

Wendell Roelf | 
The African Union is developing guidelines for the use of genetically modified (GM) crops across the continent, officials said, amid ...
‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

‘Science-based farming optimized for reduced environmental impact’: What’s behind the hydroponic farming boom — and attempts to deny its sustainability advantages?

Steven Novella | 
Hydroponic farming allows for vertical farming, because it is not dependent on the soil. This allows for greater plant yield ...
Viewpoint: ‘Neonicotinoids and other seed treatments are a precise tool and critical component of safe, integrated pest management practices’ — American Seed Association challenges ‘misunderstandings’

Viewpoint: ‘Neonicotinoids and other seed treatments are a precise tool and critical component of safe, integrated pest management practices’ — American Seed Association challenges ‘misunderstandings’

Andy LaVigne | 
Treated seeds have been widely adopted by growers for two key reasons: 1. They are a highly effective tool for farmers ...
Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Mona Chaya, Preet Lidder | 
In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people were undernourished globally, around 161 million more people than in 2019. Conflict ...
Just one gene could restore the American chestnut — a tree that reckless humans once all but destroyed

Just one gene could restore the American chestnut — a tree that reckless humans once all but destroyed

Teresa Carey | 
An American nurseryman introduced the Japanese chestnut tree to the eastern U.S., accidentally introducing a blight fungus along with it ...
For the first time, India opens gates to imported GM farm products for use as animal feed

For the first time, India opens gates to imported GM farm products for use as animal feed

Parthasarathi Biswas | 
The first consignment of 50,000 tonnes of genetically modified (GM) soyameal from Bangladesh has arrived in India via the land ...
Viewpoint: Here's how activist scientists use exaggerated fears of trace chemicals as a subterfuge to try to derail crop biotechnology

Viewpoint: Here’s how activist scientists use exaggerated fears of trace chemicals as a subterfuge to try to derail crop biotechnology

Wackes Seppi | 
Environmental Health published on August 3, 2021 “Commentary: Novel strategies and new tools to curtail the health effects of pesticides” ...
Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

A Senior Research Scientist with the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ...
Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Peter Theuri | 
Experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are now keen to extinguish a lingering assumption that genetic modification, ...
CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

Hertfordshire-based experiments will be the first field trials of CRISPR edited wheat anywhere in the UK or Europe. The wheat ...
Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

In the United States alone, roughly 9 million cows are devoted to churning out torrents of milk a year which, ...
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