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“A few years ago, we also studied the trade-offs between high yields and external environmental effects, measured per unit of product. Contrary to our expectations, we found the external harms of high-yielding systems quite often turned out to be much lower than those of more extensive systems, such as organic farming. In terms of nitrogen and phosphate losses, from different dairy systems, for example, the difference was a factor of two. So if you want to reduce pollution, you should probably avoid organic milk.”

Professor Andrew Balmford

University of Cambridge

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Defra must publish a full impact assessment of farm policies on  domestic food production

Julian Sturdy MP

Highlighting concerns that a UK policy emphasis on lower-yield farming practices and land use change will inevitably take its toll on domestic food production, Julian Sturdy MP calls on Defra to publish a full impact assessment of its Environmental Land Management (ELM) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) policies on farm-level yields, national agricultural productivity growth, and domestic food self-sufficiency. It is not too late to adopt a data-led approach to measure and monitor the impact of our farm policies, he argues. The Agriculture Act includes specific provisions to equip farmers with the technology to generate, collect and share data, and to support productivity improvements. Together, these policy tools could and should be used not only to track the impact of government policies, but also to inform and drive sustainable gains in agricultural productivity, and to benchmark and reward farmers for genuine progress in reducing their environmental footprint per unit of food produced. It is vital that we adopt a clear-sighted, evidence-based approach to the development and implementation of future farm policies. Otherwise, we may risk sleepwalking into a food crisis, he warns.  

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Which farming system better preserves insect populations: organic or conventional?

Jon Entine

Science journalist Jon Entine challenges the simplistic narrative that modern intensive agriculture is steering us toward catastrophic declines in global insect populations, highlighting to a 2020 meta-study of 166 long-term surveys which points to a levelling off of insect declines in recent decades, and an increase in some species. Global population growth and rising affluence over coming decades will require a sharp increase in necessary food calories, which can only occur by expanding farmable acreage - or by increasing yields on existing farmland. Using technology to boost yields on currently farmed acres - growing more food on less land—is the most important action we can take to protect habitat and biodiversity, he suggests, warning that a turn away from efficient, intensive agriculture to accommodate the ideological fashion of our times could be a disaster for the fragile insect population.

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Regenerative agriculture - hype or hope?

Professor Mario Caccamo

As interest in regenerative agriculture reaches fever pitch across the value chain, NIAB is preparing the ground for a major research effort to deliver the science needed for a commercial scale-up of regen-ag, combining research leadership in soil science, variety testing, rotational agronomy, precision agronomy, cover cropping, data science and water use efficiency. A progressive, science-based approach, embracing innovation and harnessing the power of large-scale data, offers the potential for high-yielding, profitable crop production to go hand in hand with reducing agriculture’s environmental and climate impacts, writes Professor Mario Caccamo.       

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Pro-science think-tank calls for UK Agri-Tech Strategy re-set

 

Following the recent announcement that three of the four Agri-Tech Centres established under the 2013 UK Agri-Tech Strategy could be merged into a single Catapult, and amid reports that the fourth centre, Agrimetrics, faces an uncertain future without continued Government support, pro-science think-tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) is calling for an evidence-led re-set of the Strategy, with a renewed focus on genetic innovation and data.

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Britain's organic farmers must not be locked out of the gene editing revolution

David Hill

 

Momentum is building to permit gene edited crops in organic agriculture within the European Union. Meanwhile, Britain’s organic farmers risk being left behind by the campaigning stance of UK organic sector bodies, whose dogmatic rejection of these more precise breeding technologies may not reflect the views of members on the ground, warns Norfolk arable farmer and registered organic processor, David Hill.

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Time for a fresh look at the UK rulebook on using the GM method for crop improvement

Professor Jonathan Jones FRS

 

After almost 30 years’ safe and effective use of GM crops around the world, the technology has delivered major benefits for agriculture and the environment in terms of increased yields, lower pesticide use and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. But national bans and overly-restrictive rules on GM crop cultivation have limited the global gains to just one-third of the technology’s potential. At a time of mounting concern over the food, energy and climate pressures facing the planet, The Royal Society is calling for a more proportionate and evidence-led approach to regulating GM crops in the UK, explains plant scientist Professor Jonathan Jones.

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NEWS: Benefits for food security, animal welfare and the environment: New study shows balanced breeding programmes in pigs can increase litter size while also increasing birth weights and improving piglet survival rates
 

A new peer-reviewed study has underlined the contribution of balanced farm animal breeding programmes in delivering combined benefits in terms of food production, animal welfare and environmental impact.


Published in the journal Frontiers in Animal Science, the study examines long-term trends in commercial pig breeding since the early 2000s, focusing on data relating to litter size, piglet birth weight and piglet survival rates according to different genetic types (breeding lines).

  

Improvements have been most marked over the past decade, with the data showing that from 2012 until 2022, average litter size increased by 3.5 pigs, birth weight increased by 30g per pig, while piglet survival rates improved by 8%.

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Label organic products, not gene edited, on food safety grounds

Daniel Pearsall & Matt Ridley

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has followed the science in recommending a streamlined approach to regulating gene edited food and feed products, mirroring the rules already adopted in countries such as Canada, Argentina and Japan, and in line with the approach proposed for the EU. Howls of protest from the organic lobby demanding mandatory labelling of gene edited products must be met with the same level-headed, evidence-based response. Rather than statutory labelling of gene edited products, for which there is no scientific basis in food safety terms, the FSA might more reasonably turn its attention to requiring statutory labelling of organic products – in the same way as raw milk products – to alert consumers to the potential additional risks in terms of food safety and hygiene, write Daniel Pearsall and Matt Ridley.  

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NEWS: Think-tank welcomes BBC correcting inaccurate statements about organic farming in information aimed at school pupils

 

The BBC has revised misleading and factually inaccurate statements about different farming systems on its exam revision website BBC Bitesize following a complaint lodged by pro-science think-tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Simplistic assertions in content aimed at GCSE and National 5 students such as “intensive farming reduces biodiversity and increases pollution”, “organic milk and beef are produced without using antibiotics”, and “organic farmers do not apply pesticides to their crops” have now been removed from the site.

 

In its original letter to BBC director general Tim Davie, SSA pointed out that these statements were factually incorrect. Organic livestock farmers do use antibiotics (including those produced using GMOs), and they do use pesticides, some of which have been shown to have a more toxic and environmentally damaging profile than their synthetic counterparts.

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At last! A new, more science-based, outcomes-focused approach to defining regenerative agriculture

Dr Julian Little

The recent publication of the SAI Platform’s global framework document for defining and measuring the outcomes of regenerative agriculture provides a welcome and much-needed injection of science-based thinking. In expressing the resource use and environmental impacts of regen ag farming practices per unit of production, this model provides a more meaningful and evidence-based approach to measuring farm-level sustainability than other more subjective models such as the Sustainable Food Trust’s Global Farm Metric and the Sustainable Markets Initiative, writes Dr Julian Little.

 

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NEWS: Think-tank ticks off organic sector body for misleading and factually inaccurate claims over gene edited microbes

 

Pro-science think-tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) has written to Roger Kerr, chief executive of organic sector body Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), to correct misinformation contained in a letter from Mr Kerr recently published in the farming media.

 

In the letter, Mr Kerr suggested that the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act passed earlier this year ‘gave a green light to pesticide and biotech companies to develop and release genetically edited microbes’, warning that ‘the unintended consequences could be catastrophic’.    

 

This statement is factually incorrect and hugely misleading since the Act does not apply to gene edited microbes, which will continue to be covered by existing GMO regulations. SSA suggested that OF&G should in future check its facts before spreading misinformation.

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Reduce synthetic fertilisers and improve yields? The microbiome revolution comes to agriculture

Henry Miller & Kathleen Hefferon

Advances in our scientific understanding of the soil microbiome will lead to significant changes to our agricultural practices, opening up the potential to improve crop yields while reducing dependence on synthetic nitrogen and the damage it causes to our environment. Just as our growing comprehension of the human microbiome is revolutionising medicine, our increasing familiarity with the soil microbiome will transform agriculture, write Henry Miller and Kathleen Hefferon.

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Agri-Tech Catapult is a sensible move - but it must learn from past mistakes

Professor Tina Barsby OBE

Merging three of the four UK Agri-Tech Centres into a single Agri-Tech Catapult makes sense, but there are significant lessons to be learned from the past 10 years if it is to deliver meaningful improvements in the translation and uptake of new farming technologies and innovations. With a return on investment of just 0.6:1, the Agri-Tech Centres have not delivered value for money, constrained by a risky ‘capital-only’ funding model, and lacking a core focus on genetic innovation, the single most important factor driving on-farm productivity gains, writes plant scientist Professor Tina Barsby.

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No such thing as natural farming

Maarten J. Chrispeels

 

Maarten Chrispeels, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology at the University of California San Diego, reflects on a historic stand-off between organic wine producers and GM crop farmers in Mendocino County, California, the first US country to vote for a ban on growing GM crops in 2004. He warns that rejecting modern technologies would be a disastrous development if we are to feed the 9 billion people who soon will inhabit our planet. The organic farmers of Mendocino hoodwinked the public into believing their practices were more "natural." But there is nothing natural about farming, he says. We should instead be worrying about sustainability, and embracing farming technologies and systems which can help us produce more food with less impact on the environment.  

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NEWS: State of Nature report ‘ignores the scientific evidence’ in continuing to blame high yield farming for biodiversity declines

Pro-science think tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture issued a response to the State of Nature report, saying it ignores the enormous progress made by Britain’s farmers to produce food more sustainably.

 

For example, through more precise application of pesticides and fertiliser, the adoption of low-till cultivation, and selection of high-yielding crops that are less reliant on chemicals.

The group also challenges the report’s “relentless focus” on agri-environmental, or “land-sharing”, policy approaches.

“The scientific evidence increasingly suggests that a land-sparing approach – farming as productively as possible on land that is farmed, leaving more room for natural habitats to be left intact – is the most effective way to produce sufficient food, while preventing biodiversity loss and tackling climate change.”

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NEWS: Gene edited PRRS resistant pigs expected to get US approval for commercialisation early next year. UK pig farmers ask: “When can we get access?”

 

Leading Yorkshire pig producer Rob Beckett has written to Defra minister Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP, urging the UK Government to speed up plans to allow the commercial use of precision breeding techniques in farmed animals.

 

Mr Beckett pointed to developments in the US, where gene edited pigs with complete resistance to the devastating PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) virus are expected to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early 2024.

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UK plant breeders welcome 'quantum shift' in precision bred food and feed approval process for England

Robin Wood

A ‘quantum shift’ by the Food Standards Agency in its planned approach to regulating gene edited food and feed products puts England on course to adopt one of the most progressive and enabling regulatory systems in the world. This could unlock significant new investment and economic activity by plant breeders and, combined with the UK’s world-leading science base in crop genetics, could establish Britain as a global hub for gene editing research and innovation, writes Robin Wood, chairman of the British Society of Plant Breeders and deputy chairman of independent UK plant breeding company, Elsoms Seeds.

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Quantifying the contribution of advanced livestock genetics to more sustainable protein production

Banks Baker

Banks Baker, global director of product sustainability at the Pig Improvement Company (PIC), part of the animal genetics company Genus plc, says the role of advanced livestock genetics in delivering practical solutions for carbon reductions, and creating a more sustainable food system, has been consistently overlooked. Here he describes the steps his company is taking to enable livestock supply chains to measure and claim the contribution of genetically derived carbon reductions, through uptake of improved genetics, towards their climate goals.

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Think-tank challenges pro-organic bias in BBC Bitesize revision guides

 

Pro-science think-tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) has written to BBC Director General Tim Davie to challenge misleading and factually inaccurate assertions made in relation to farming in the BBC’s online Bitesize revision guides aimed at GCSE students in England and National 5 students in Scotland.

"It is vital that future generations are guided by the science, not by outdated doctrine and ideology. That way we have the best chance of feeding an increasingly hungry, warming planet in the most sustainable way."

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In its ‘zero tolerance’ approach to gene editing, the organic sector may seal its own demise

Paul Temple

East Yorks mixed farmer Paul Temple suggests that in closing its mind to new genetic technologies, the organic sector may miss out on a major opportunity to transform the productivity, sustainability and viability of its farming systems. This is particularly the case if, as is widely predicted, the use of gene editing rapidly becomes commonplace in conventional breeding, but remains prohibited under organic standards. Organic growers may be left with older genetics gradually becoming more and more outclassed, more prone to disease and pest infestation, further widening the productivity gap between organic and non-organic. Increasingly, there are voices within the organic industry who would appear to agree, he notes.

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NEWS: Farming MP calls for agricultural innovation, not arbitrary bans, to lead the climate response

 

Responding the Soil Association’s call for cuts in the use of fossil-fuel based artificial fertilisers, Julian Sturdy MP, chair of the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture and a director of the think-tank Science for Sustainable Agriculture, argues that climate change should be tackled by encouraging new green technologies and scientific innovations, rather than by imposing measures which might harm economic growth and living standards and ultimately reduce domestic food production.

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Is it ethical to hold back the promise of gene editing in livestock?

Dr Craig Lewis

Animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza, and African Swine Fever are listed among the major threats facing the UK, according to the Government’s national risk register. When technologies such as gene editing offer potential solutions to tackle these diseases, and the Genetic Technology Act gives Ministers the powers to unleash them, why is the UK Government still kicking the can down the road, asks Dr Craig Lewis, chair of the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB).  

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Do Europe's farmers support plans to ease restrictions on gene edited crops?

Steven Cerier

 

Despite the continued fearmongering of opponents, economist Steven Cerier notes that a broad coalition of farmers is emerging across Europe in support of the deregulation of agricultural biotechnology, keen to access tools that can help address pest and disease threats, as well as the increasing number and severity of climate disruptions. But if the EU does not act quickly, the fearmongers will delay the adoption of new genomic techniques (NGTs), severely handicapping its farmers, hampering global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and establishing Europe as a laggard in food production, he warns.

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Europe’s Green Deal ‘Farm to Fork’ Plan:  How Not to Grow Food Sustainably

Jon Entine

Taking aim at the EU’s ‘Farm to Fork’ plan, US science journalist Jon Entine warns that reverting agriculture to low-yield, land intensive and disease-vulnerable farming methods is the fantasy of an affluent society. Scaling up organic farming and slashing synthetic pesticide and fertiliser use in Europe will not only increase hunger, but undermine climate and environmental goals as well. We need a food system that is efficient, productive, environmentally sustainable, and can provide nutritious food with an increasingly small footprint. We could actually begin solving many challenges if we stopped choosing methods based on superficial notions of sustainability and instead looked to outputs and goals. That can only happen if it is rooted in scientific reality, not wishful thinking, he suggests.

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Feeding the UK sustainably: time for policy inaction to end

Graham Brookes

As Ministers prepare to unveil a new land use framework for England this autumn, the scientific evidence behind land sparing as the most effective farm policy for delivering food production, climate and biodiversity goals is compelling.  Why then does the UK government continue to favour a land sharing approach through its environmental land management schemes?  The recent ‘re-interpretation’ of an expert land use report by the large, land-owning NGOs who commissioned it may provide some clues, writes agricultural economist Graham Brookes.

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No room for the Greens' blind prejudice in Scotland's gene editing debate

Rachael Hamilton MSP

As England and the EU follow other countries around the world to free up the use of gene editing in agriculture, will the Scottish Government maintain its obstinate and unscientific opposition to technologies which can improve productivity and help farmers produce safer, healthier food more sustainably in a changing climate? Faced with the prospect of a cut in direct support payments and an increase in production-limiting climate and biodiversity conditions, will Scotland’s farmers and crofters still be asked to compete with one hand tied behind their backs, asks the Scottish Conservative’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Rachael Hamilton MSP.

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Definitions matter

David Zaruk

 

EU risk and science communications specialist David Zaruk (aka The Risk-Monger) explores the definitions used in agriculture and food research, who controls those definitions, and - irrespective of what the science says – how they influence the way different farming systems and practices are perceived and regulated. He urges all actors in the value chain to take back the definitions: define the benefits of modern agriculture, its sustainability, and how the next generation of technologies will support a wave of sustainable intensification, not only ensuring food production keeps pace with global population and affluence growth, but also providing more space for nature.

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Regenerative agriculture doesn't have to be contentious: Take 2

Shane Thomas

Canadian agronomist Shane Thomas revisits an earlier article after agribusiness giant Bayer Crop Science announces ambitious plans to lead the way in regenerative agriculture. Is this a smart move by Bayer, he asks: will it help to challenge binary perceptions of what regen ag is, or isn’t, and more importantly, will it drive increased uptake of practices which improve soil health, limit environmental impact, and deliver better returns to farmers?

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Farming innovations to deliver Net Zero

Julian Sturdy MP

Following the launch of a cross-party Parliamentary report into the farming innovations needed to deliver on the UK’s climate commitments, Conservative MP Julian Sturdy highlights the importance of regulatory action by Government in a number of areas – gene editing, novel proteins for animal feed, and methane-reducing feed additives – to ensure these promising technologies realise their potential to reduce British agriculture’s carbon footprint. He also underlines the critical importance of standardised sustainability metrics in agriculture, not only to understand the wider impacts and consequences of farm policy decisions, but also to quantify the potential benefits of new farming technologies and innovations in supporting sustainable increases in domestic food production while delivering on the Net Zero agenda.

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Will EU switch eclipse England’s lead on precision breeding?

Samantha Brooke 

When UK Ministers first unveiled plans to diverge from restrictive EU rules classifying gene edited products as GMOs, it was hailed as a major Brexit dividend, giving Britain the freedom to pursue a more enabling, pro-innovation trajectory compared to our counterparts on the continent. Fast forward through Covid, war in Ukraine and successive droughts in southern Europe, and the EU has moved quicker than many expected to overhaul its GMO rules. As the UK Government prepares the detailed implementing rules for the Precision Breeding Act in England, Ministers must ensure we retain a leading edge over the rest of Europe in promoting investment, research and innovation in these technologies, urges Samantha Brooke, chief executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB).    

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NEWS: Pro-science think-tank urges NGOs to ‘come clean’ on £4.4bn farm budget report

 

  • NGO-led report calls for £4.4bn budget to support ‘farming’, but at least half would be spent on taking 25% of currently farmed land out of production

 

  • Top scientists say this ‘land-sparing’ approach is best for nature, but requires corresponding yield increases elsewhere to maintain food production and avoid exporting food system impacts

 

  • Science for Sustainable Agriculture calls on NGOs to come clean on the need for high-tech, high-yield farming to meet future food security, climate and biodiversity goals

 

  • Says report should inform a radical rethink of the funding and direction of England’s Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs), much of which is currently focused on encouraging lower-yield farming systems

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Stuart Smyth, Western Producer, November 2023

Genomic crop research goes wild | The Western Producer

 

The Solution to Ag’s Biggest Problems? Start with a Seed

Andy Lavigne, Seed World, November 2023

The Solution to Ag’s Biggest Problems? Start with a Seed - Seed World US

Scientists show how to turn lunar soil fertile for agriculture

Will Dunham, Reuters, November 2023

Scientists show how to turn lunar soil fertile for agriculture | Reuters

 

Researchers develop oil-rich rice strain

China Daily, November 2023

Researchers develop oil-rich rice strain - Chinadaily.com.cn

Gene editing: How it works and what it could do for the dairy industry

Tad Sonstegard, Ag Proud, November 2023

Gene editing: How it works and what it could do for the dairy industry | Ag Proud

How herbicide-tolerant varieties can make rice farming less water-intensive
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How herbicide-tolerant varieties can make rice farming less water-intensive (thefederal.com)

Striking the balance: Catalyzing a sustainable land-use transition

McKinsey, November 2023

Striking the balance: catalyzing a sustainable land use transition | McKinsey

Global Agriculture Needs An Evergreen Revolution

Shely Aronov, Forbes, November 2023

Global Agriculture Needs An Evergreen Revolution (forbes.com)

Speaking Up in Support of the Tools That Support Sustainable Agriculture

Gabriel Carballal, Global Farmer Network, November 2023

Speaking Up in Support of the Tools That Support Sustainable Agriculture – Global Farmer Network

Cover crops help the climate and environment but most farmers say no. Many fear losing money

ABC News, November 2023

Cover crops help the climate and environment but most farmers say no. Many fear losing money - ABC News (go.com)

Canola yields reach new heights

The Western Producer, November 2023

Canola yields reach new heights | The Western Producer

Unilever unearths regen ag findings for Knorr and Hellmann’s: ‘The time for pilots is over. It’s time to go big’

Flora Southey, Food Navigator, November 2023

Unilever unearths regenerative agriculture findings for Knorr, Hellmann’s ingredients (foodnavigator.com)

Have UK’s Agri-Tech Centres achieved and what’s next?

Philip Clarke, Farmers Weekly, November 2023

Have UK's Agri-Tech Centres achieved and what's next? - Farmers Weekly (fwi.co.uk)

Why can’t we just quit cows?

Naoki Nitta, Grist, November 2023

Why can't we just quit cows? | Grist

Farmers, seed producers welcome science-based reform to EU gene editing rules

Mark Lynas, Alliance for Science, October 2023

Farmers, seed producers welcome science-based reform to EU gene editing rules - Alliance for Science

Has the fight back by agriculture now been triggered?

Richard Wright, The Scottish Farmer, October 2023

Has the fight back by agriculture now been triggered? | The Scottish Farmer

 

Surge in cotton production good news for Pakistan's textile industry

The Nation, October 2023

Surge in cotton production good news for Pakistan's textile industry (nation.com.pk)

Why restrictive agroecology can’t be a solution to food insecurity in Africa

Otieno Panya, Business Daily, October 2023

Why restrictive agroecology can’t be a solution to food insecurity in Africa - Business Daily (businessdailyafrica.com)

Resurrection of Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU?

Petra Jorasch, Seed World Europe, October 2023

Resurrection of Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU? - Seed World Europe (european-seed.com)

CRISPR chickens hint at what’s next for the gene-modified food chain

Fast Company, October 2023

CRISPR chickens hint at what's next for the gene-edited food chain (fastcompany.com)

Seeds of Uncertainty: Our Industry Needs to Prepare for What’s Coming

Marc Zienkiewicz, Seed World, October 2023

Seeds of Uncertainty: Our Industry Needs to Prepare for What’s Coming - Seed World US

 

‘Win for science’ as French court dismisses defamation lawsuit by anti-GMO scientist Seralini

Alliance for Science, 19 October 2023

'Win for science' as French court dismisses defamation lawsuit by anti-GMO scientist Seralini % Alliance for Science

Gene editing in pigs – making the case for a potentially revolutionary technology

Alistair Driver, Pig World, October 2023

Gene editing in pigs – making the case for a potentially revolutionary technology - Pig World (pig-world.co.uk)

 

China Approves GM Corn and Soybean Seed Varieties in Crop Boost

Bloomberg, 18 October 2023

China Approves GM Corn and Soybean Seed Varieties in Crop Boost (yahoo.com)

Could superpowered plants be the heroes of the climate crisis?

Zoe Corbyn, The Observer, October 2023

Could superpowered plants be the heroes of the climate crisis? | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Science wins as Kenyan court dismisses landmark case against GMOs

Godfrey Ombogo, Alliance for Science, October 2023

Science wins as Kenyan court dismisses landmark case against GMOs - Alliance for Science

Glyphosate safer than hot water for bees, says Amenity Forum

Horticulture Week, October 2023

Glyphosate safer than hot water for bees, says Amenity Forum | HortWeek

Enteric emissions: Should cattle be excused for their belches?

Judson Christopherson, SAI Food, October 2023

Enteric Emissions: Should Cattle Be Excused For Their Belches? - SAIFood

We don’t need to choose between global starvation and climate chaos

Jemima Lewis, The Telegraph, October 2023

We don’t need to choose between global starvation and climate chaos (telegraph.co.uk)

Full short-term ban on glyphosate could be counterproductive

Wageningen University & Research, October 2023

Full short-term ban on glyphosate could be counterproductive - WUR

There Is Nothing 'Natural' About Organic Farming And If You Care About 'Sustainable', You Need Science

Hank Campbell, Science 2.0, October 2023

There Is Nothing 'Natural' About Organic Farming And If You Care About 'Sustainable', You Need Science | Science 2.0 (science20.com)

Time for a national conversation about GE?

Wayne Langford, Farmers Weekly (NZ), October 2023

Time for a national conversation about GE? (farmersweekly.co.nz)

The Global State of New Gene Editing Techniques Used for Food-Producing Animals

Food Safety News, October 2023

The Global State of New Gene Editing Techniques Used for Food-Producing Animals | Food Safety (food-safety.com)

 

Do GMOs fit into a regenerative agriculture system?

Amanda Zalukyj, AgDaily, October 2023

Do GMOs fit into a regenerative agriculture system? | AGDAILY

The Cruel Fantasies of Well-Fed People

George Monbiot, October 2023

The Cruel Fantasies of Well-Fed People – George Monbiot

The Inhibition of Innovation

David J. Bertioli & Henry I. Miller, Cato Institute, October 2023

The Inhibition of Innovation | Cato Institute

Tropic brings novel gene editing approach to corn and soybeans via Corteva partnership

AgFunder News, 3 October 2023

Tropic, Corteva bring gene editing to corn and soybeans (agfundernews.com)

Canada must reject ideological EU farm practices

National Newswatch, October 2023

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Is organic better? Not if you follow the evidence, researcher says

Harvard Gazette, September 2023

Is organic better? – Harvard Gazette

There's no evidence eating organic is better for you, study finds

Body & Soul, September 2023

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GMOs are part of the solution, not the problem

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Could CRISPR save us from a future of food scarcity?

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Technology, Not Climate, Will Determine the Future of our Food System

The Breakthrough Institute, September 2023

Technology, Not Climate, Will Determine… | The Breakthrough Institute

 

Farmers in Ireland ‘losing competitiveness’ because of GM crops ban

Newstalk, 28 September 2023

Irish farmers 'losing competitiveness' because of GM crops ban | Newstalk

I'm a Harvard researcher - this is why buying 'organic' food is a total con

Daily Mail, September 2023

I'm a Harvard researcher - this is why buying 'organic' food is a total con | Daily Mail Online

 

The Future is CRISPR

Modern Farmer, September 2023

The Future is CRISPR - Modern Farmer

Canola’s opportunities abound as breeding, uses advance: IRC

Grain Central, 26 September 2023

Canola's opportunities abound as breeding, uses advance: IRC - Grain Central

 

VIDEO: How farmers can cut emissions

Attracta Mooney, Financial Times, September 2023

How farmers can cut emissions | FT Climate Capital | Financial Times

 

Plant protection products – where we stand on glyphosate

NFU, September 2023

NFU position on glyphosate – NFUonline

Meet the Climate-Defying Fruits and Vegetables in Your Future

New York Times, 25 September 2023

Meet the Climate-Defying Fruits and Vegetables in Your Future - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Ancient Plant Protein Could Create Climate-Resilient Crops

Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, September 2023

Ancient Plant Protein Could Create Climate-Resilient Crops (forbes.com)

 

The Power of 'Magic Beans'

Jason Jenkins, Progressive Farmer, September 2023

The Power of 'Magic Beans' (dtnpf.com)

Building food and agriculture businesses for a green future

McKinsey, September 2023

Building food and agriculture businesses for a green future | McKinsey

What makes the politics of agricultural pesticides so explosive?

Bill Wirtz, Washington Post, September 2023

What makes the politics of agricultural pesticides so explosive? - Washington Times

What scientists need to do to accelerate progress on the SDGs

Cameron Allen et al, Nature, September 2023

What scientists need to do to accelerate progress on the SDGs (nature.com)

Beyond plastic – Consumers prefer food packaging derived from genetically modified plants

Ursula Weisenfeld et al, Research Policy, September 2023

Beyond plastic – Consumers prefer food packaging derived from genetically modified plants - ScienceDirect

Europe’s Agriculture Reform Is Failing

Bill Wirtz, DC Journal, September 2023

Europe’s Agriculture Reform Is Failing – DC Journal - InsideSources

Farming Feeds Billions But Climate Impacts Need Fixing

Michael Barnard, Forbes, September 2023

Farming Feeds Billions But Climate Impacts Need Fixing (forbes.com)

Successful plant-based protein industry would help meat producers

Margaret Donnelly, Farming Independent, September 2023

‘Successful plant-based protein industry would help meat producers’ | Independent.ie

It’s not your imagination, brussels sprouts do taste better. How gene editing is changing how we grow and eat food

Teresa Bjork, Iowa Farm Bureau, September 2023

It’s not your imagination, brussels sprouts do taste better. How gene editing is changing how we grow and eat food (iowafarmbureau.com)

Canadian innovation beats EU precaution in agriculture sustainability

Stuart Smyth, Macdonald Laurier Institute, September 2023

Canadian innovation beats EU precaution in agriculture sustainability: Stuart Smyth for Inside Policy | Macdonald-Laurier Institute (macdonaldlaurier.ca)

 

‘Consumers have never cared more and known less about food’

Agriland, September 2023

'Consumers have never cared more and known less about food' - Agriland.ie

 

Lab grown fruit - scientists aim to break new ground with cellular horticulture research

Plant & Food Research, September 2023

Lab grown fruit - scientists aim to break new ground with cellular horticulture research · Plant & Food Research (plantandfood.com)

Majority of EU agri-council supports NGT deregulation

European Biotechnology, September 2023

Majority of EU agri-council supports NGT deregulation - European Biotechnology (european-biotechnology.com)

 

Genetically engineered pink pineapples are flying off shelves: What gives them their distinctive color?

LiveScience, September 2023

Pink pineapples are in high demand | Live Science

 

In defence of modern agriculture: is the ‘old way’ always better?

Brendan O’Keefe, The Farmer, September 2023

In defence of modern agriculture: is the ‘old way’ always better?  - The Farmer Magazine

10 Reasons Why Being Anti-GMO Means Being Against Social Justice

Debunking Denialism, September 2023

10 Reasons Why Being Anti-GMO Means Being Against Social Justice - Debunking Denialism

Illinois State University research on pennycress aims to go from weed to cash crop

Illinois Farmer Today, September 2023

Illinois State University research on pennycress aims to go from weed to cash crop (pantagraph.com)

Chemical fertilizer is a climate disaster. Can high-tech biology fix it?

Canary Media, August 2023

Chemical fertilizer is a climate disaster. Can… | Canary Media

10 longstanding nutrition myths, debunked by experts

Margaret Darby, Deseret News, August 2023,

The top 10 nutrition myths, debunked by experts - Deseret News

How Are We Going To Feed The World? A New Mindset For Food Security

Penny Abeywardena, Forbes, August 2023

How Are We Going To Feed The World? A New Mindset For Food Security (ampproject.org)

Genetically Modified Food to the Rescue?

Men’s Health, August 2023

The Benefits of Genetically Modified Food and Is It Safe? (menshealth.com)

GMOs: Good, Man-Made Organisms

Angelica Walker-Werth, The Objective Standard, August 2023

GMOs: Good, Man-Made Organisms - The Objective Standard

 

Debunking Myths About Biotech Crops

Zoha Matin, Daily Times Pakistan, August 2023

Debunking Myths About Biotech Crops - Daily Times

 

Glyphosate, A.I. and Spreading Disinformation

Kevin Folta, Illumination 2.0, August 2023

Illumination 2.0: Glyphosate, A.I. and Spreading Disinformation (kfolta.blogspot.com)

Why AI could be our best soldier in the war on climate change

Martin Rees, BBC Science Focus, August 2023

Why AI could be our best soldier in the war on climate change - BBC Science Focus Magazine

 

Pseudoscientists are “being rewarded for fearmongering”

Chandre Dharma-wardana, Brussels Morning, August 2023

Pseudoscientists are “being rewarded for fearmongering” - BM (brusselsmorning.com)

 

VIDEO: Are synthetic pesticides actually good for crops?

Josh Gilder, Mind Matters, August 2023

Are Synthetic Pesticides Actually Good for Crops? | Mind Matters

Canadian farmers abandon organic certification because approved ‘natural’ chemicals can’t control devastating grasshoppers

Genetic Literacy Project, August 2023

Canadian farmers abandon organic certification because approved ‘natural’ chemicals can’t control devastating grasshoppers - Genetic Literacy Project

Glyphosate and the risk of unintended consequences

Greg Doud, Agri-Pulse, August 2023

Opinion: Glyphosate and the risk of unintended consequences | Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

The Increasing Role of AI in Agriculture

Yogini Pawar, The Live Nagpur, August 2023

The Increasing Role of AI in Agriculture - The Live Nagpur

 

Regenerative agriculture. Will it provide a way forward for increased carbon?

Prof Gerry Boyle, Irish Farmers Journal, August 2023

Regenerative agriculture - will it provide a way forward for increased carbon? - 23 August 2023 Free (farmersjournal.ie)

Imagine the kind of technology that would drive farming’s future

Amanda Zaluckiyj, AgDaily, August 2023

Imagine the kind of technology that would drive farming's future | AGDAILY

 

Why technology is the answer to Africa’s farm productivity challenges

The Nation, August 2023

Why technology is the answer to Africa’s farm productivity challenges | Nation

Europe's Slow Embrace of Genetic-Food Engineering Reality

Bill Wirtz, Real Clear Markets, August 2023

Europe's Slow Embrace of Genetic-Food Engineering Reality | RealClearMarkets

 

Gene-edited mustard: Less pungent, more useful

The Indian Express, August 2023

Gene-edited mustard: Less pungent, more useful | Explained News - The Indian Express

 

Bangladesh adopts GM cotton

The Daily Star, August 2023

Bangladesh adopts GM cotton | Cotton Production in Bangladesh (thedailystar.net)

 

Chile’s Seed Sector Reaping Globalization’s Rewards

Seed World, August 2023

Chile’s Seed Sector Reaping Globalization’s Rewards - Seed World

 

With Access to the Right Tools, Africa will Help Feed the World

Patience Koku, Global Farmer Network, August 2023

With Access to the Right Tools, Africa will Help Feed the World – Global Farmer Network

 

How the meat and dairy sector resists competition from alternative animal products

Rob Jordan, Stanford News, August 2023

Can alternative meat compete? | Stanford News

Mass panic over energy, yet we give up our food security without a murmur

Ed Conway, The Times, August 2023

Mass panic over energy, yet we give up our food security without a murmur (thetimes.co.uk)

We’re in the lap of the gods’: UK farmers contend with extreme weather

Financial Times, August 2023

‘We’re in the lap of the gods’: UK farmers contend with extreme weather | Financial Times

Oppenheimer Reminds Scientists to Speak Up for a Better World

Dan Correa, Scientific American, August 2023

Oppenheimer Reminds Scientists to Speak Up for a Better World - Scientific American

The European Union Is Finally Coming Around to Gene-Edited Seeds

Zion Lights, Quillette, August 2023

The European Union Is Finally Coming Around to Gene-Edited Seeds (quillette.com)

 

Greenpeace’s Vile War on the Poor and Vulnerable

Henry I. Miller & Rob Wager, European Scientist, August 2023

Greenpeace’s Vile War on the Poor and Vulnerable (europeanscientist.com)

Digital orchard will bear fruit

New Zealand Herald, August 2023

Digital orchard will bear fruit - NZ Herald

 

Creating food out of thin air

Jesse Klein, GreenBiz, August 2023

Creating food out of thin air | Greenbiz

VIDEO: What doesn’t kill you…the dose makes the poison

Kite and Key Media, August 2023

How Science Can Help Us Distinguish Fake Health Scares from Real Ones (kiteandkeymedia.com)

How Wasted Food Turns into Huge Amounts of Greenhouse Gas

Deepa Padmanaban, Scientific American, August 2023

Stories by Deepa Padmanaban News and Research - Scientific American

 

Why we should embrace gene editing

Colin Campbell, The Herald, August 2023

Why we should embrace gene editing | HeraldScotland

NASA technology can detect plant diseases from above

Earth.com, August 2023

NASA technology can detect plant diseases from above • Earth.com

Africa’s anti-GMO activists spread myths and fear but do not provide any scientific evidence

Alex Abutu, Alliance for Science, August 2023

Africa's anti-GMO activists spread myths and fear but do not provide any scientific evidence - Alliance for Science

 

Eco-extremism is making us all sick

Zoe Strimpel, The Telegraph, August 2023

Eco-extremism is making us all sick (telegraph.co.uk)

Biological Solutions to Climate Challenges Deserve More Attention

L. Val Giddings, ITIF, August 2023

Biological Solutions to Climate Challenges Deserve More Attention | ITIF

Experts defend safety of GMO products

China Daily, August 2023

Experts defend safety of GMO products - Chinadaily.com.cn

5.2-billion-letter genome is decoded for better bread

Interesting Engineering, August 2023

5.2-billion-letter genome is decoded for better bread (interestingengineering.com)

 

Feeding the Future: 10 Innovations That Will Transform Food Security

Devdiscourse, August 2023

Feeding the Future: 10 Innovations That Will Transform Food Security | Technology (devdiscourse.com)

How Sustainable Farming On Land And Sea Can Work Together To Meet Our Growing Need For Protein

Steven Savage, Forbes, August 2023

How Sustainable Farming On Land And Sea Can Work Together To Meet Our Growing Need For Protein (forbes.com)

Scientists Made A Healthy Crop Healthier

USDA, July 2023

https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2023/scientists-made-a-healthy-crop-healthier/

GM crops replace organic farming as the new buzzword
Times of India, July 2023

Genetic Modification: Gm Crops Replace Organic Farming As The New Buzzword | Thiruvananthapuram News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)

 

Soil organic carbon stocks potentially at risk of decline with organic farming expansion

Gaudaré et al, Nature Climate Change, July 2023

Soil organic carbon stocks potentially at risk of decline with organic farming expansion | Nature Climate Change

FAO official: EU shouldn’t sacrifice food output in sustainability’s name

Gerardo Fortuna, Euractiv, July 2023

FAO official: EU shouldn’t sacrifice food output in sustainability’s name – EURACTIV.com

'CRISPR' crops more resilient in climate crisis

Robert Paarlberg, China Daily, July 2023

'CRISPR' crops more resilient in climate crisis - Opinion - Chinadaily.com.cn

 

How to Manage the Global Land Squeeze? Produce, Protect, Reduce, Restore

World Resources Institute, July 2023

What's Causing the Global Land Squeeze? | World Resources Institute (wri.org)

Want to Make EU Agriculture More Sustainable?

Emma Kovak, The Breakthrough Institute, July 2023

Want to Make EU Agriculture More… | The Breakthrough Institute

 

10 New Foods Coming To Our Plates In The Next 10 Years

Juergen Eckhardt, Forbes, July 2023

10 New Foods Coming To Our Plates In The Next 10 Years (forbes.com)

Learning to love rbST

Chris Gambino, The Breakthrough Institute, July 2023

Learning to Love rbST | The Breakthrough Institute

EU proposal on CRISPR-edited crops is welcome — but not enough

Devang Mehta, Nature, July 2023

EU proposal on CRISPR-edited crops is welcome — but not enough (nature.com)

Concerned about aspartame? Beware of this other “probable carcinogen” on your plate

Kevin Folta, Genetic Literacy Project, July 2023

Concerned about aspartame? Beware of this other “probable carcinogen” on your plate  - Genetic Literacy Project

 

Lean times hit the vertical farming business

BBC News, July 2023

Lean times hit the vertical farming business - BBC News

 

NGT: The European Commission plays a ”simultaneously” approach

Catherine Regnault Roger, European Scientist, July 2023

NGT: The European Commission plays a " simultaneously” approach (europeanscientist.com)

 

Scotland has bigger problems than the 'translocation of beavers'

Brian Wilson, The Herald, July 2023

Scotland has bigger problems than the 'translocation of beavers' | HeraldScotland

SNP and Greens need to rethink opposition to gene-edited crops

John Lamont, The Scotsman, July 2023

John Lamont: SNP and Greens need to rethink opposition to gene-edited crops | The Scotsman

Policy makers, genetic engineers, and an engaged public can work together to create climate-resilient plants

Archibald B. et al, Plos Biology, July 2023

Policy makers, genetic engineers, and an engaged public can work together to create climate-resilient plants | PLOS Biology

 

Agrifood Brief: Co-existential crisis

Euractiv, July 2023

Agrifood Brief: Co-existential crisis – EURACTIV.com

Europe may finally choose science over ideology

Editorial, Western Producer, July 2023

Europe may finally choose science over ideology | The Western Producer

What's Driving The Fear-And-Smear Campaign Against Genetic Engineering?

Henry Miller & Rob Wager, ACSH, July 2023

What's Driving the Fear-and-Smear Campaign Against Genetic Engineering? (Spoiler Alert: In Part, It's Russia and Its American 'Useful Idiots'.) | American Council on Science and Health (acsh.org)

 

Once a world leader in innovation, the US is now falling behind

Cathy Burns & Andy LaVigne, AgriPulse, July 2023

Opinion: Once a World-leader in Innovation, the U.S. is Now Falling Behind | Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

Fertilizer company OCI bets big on climate-friendly ammonia

Reuters, July 2023

Focus: Fertilizer company OCI bets big on climate-friendly ammonia | Reuters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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