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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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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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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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Regenerative agriculture doesn't have to be contentious

Shane Thomas

 

Canadian agronomist Shane Thomas unpacks the five component principles of regenerative agriculture, many of which, he notes, are already practised by conventional farmers. Using a simple scorecard, he asks: when does a ‘conventional’ farmer become ‘regenerative’? From a farming perspective, what matters most should not be to appease a specific definition, but rather to focus on outcomes - optimising profitability and productivity while having the least environmental impact, he suggests.  

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Streamlined regulatory approach needed to unlock precision breeding potential

Professor Mario Caccamo

NIAB chief executive Professor Mario Caccamo notes that since new, simplified arrangements were introduced in March last year for outdoor trials of gene edited plants, eight new field trial experiments have been notified in England, twice as many as for the whole of the EU over the same period. Without exception, the focus in each case is on using new precision breeding techniques to make our farming and food production systems healthier, safer, and more sustainable. But field experimentation is only part of the story. To realise their potential, these promising lines of research also need a clear route to market, he says, cautioning against unnecessary gold-plating of food and feed marketing requirements for precision bred products, without scientific evidence of additional risk compared to conventionally bred products.

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Current land use policies risk accelerating farming’s environmental impact 

Andrew Balmford & Ian Bateman

 

Unless researchers and policymakers assess the overall, global effects of farm policy and land use interventions, poor decisions that are not supported by scientific evidence risk exacerbating problems of biodiversity loss, climate change and environmental degradation, warn conservation scientist Professor Andrew Balmford and environmental economist Professor Ian Bateman.

 

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Gene editing: It's time to change up the narrative, ScotGov

Finlay Carson MSP

From every conceivable direction, the Scottish Government’s position on gene editing places Scotland’s farmers and growers at a disadvantage. Now the wind in Europe appears to be blowing in the opposite direction, and with countries such as New Zealand revisiting their anti-GM policies, it’s time for ScotGov to change the narrative. It is time for Scotland to embrace the potential of these technologies to help deliver a more productive, sustainable and climate-resilient future for Scottish agriculture, writes Finlay Carson MSP, convenor of the Rural Affairs Committee in the Scottish Parliament.

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Gene editing: a plan for survival

Alwin Schönberger

People don't like pesticides. They are even less fond of genetic engineering. But they don't want to convert natural areas into new farmland either. How are we going to feed ten billion people in the near future? Austrian science journalist Alwin Schönberger makes a plea to embrace the latest methods of crop genetic improvement.

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Norwegian Committee set up to review advances in gene technology calls for ‘softening’ of regulation

Dr Julian Little

 

A report from the public committee advising the Norwegian Government on the future regulation of genetic technologies in food was published earlier this week. It concludes that current regulation of precision breeding techniques such as gene editing in Norway and the EU is disproportionately high, and calls for products that are comparable to conventionally bred products to be regulated as such, mirroring a similar approach recently announced by the Canadian authorities. As the EU Commission prepares to unveil its proposals for future regulation of new genomic techniques, and as Defra and the Food Standards Agency develop more detailed plans to implement the Genetic Technology Act in England, the Committee’s report presents a compelling case for proportionate and enabling regulation of these vital technologies, writes science communicator Dr Julian Little.           

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Addressing the productivity gap in

UK agriculture

James Wallace

 

Current taxpayer funding of applied and near-market agricultural R&D is not delivering value for money. With growth in UK agricultural productivity lagging seriously behind competitor countries, including those with lower public investment in research and innovation, agribusiness consultant James Wallace calls for a new approach to determining R&D spending priorities and subsequent knowledge transfer onto farm.

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Paul Temple - gene editing debate must reflect practical farming realities

 

Former NFU Vice-President Paul Temple has welcomed the recent passing into law of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act as a major opportunity to accelerate the development of higher-yielding crop varieties requiring fewer chemical inputs, with improved nutritional quality and resilience to greater climate extremes.

 

But pointing to recent claims by anti-biotech group GM Freeze that co-existence is not part of current UK farming practice, he also called for the public debate around gene editing in agriculture to be rooted in facts and evidence, not scaremongering and hearsay. 

 

“Without co-existence arrangements, growers would not be able to produce high-purity certified seed, or segregate food grade and (toxic) industrial oilseed rape, or keep feed varieties of wheat separate from those intended for breadmaking.”

 

“Separate storage of seed and harvested crops, good machinery hygiene, careful planning and sequencing of rotations, communication with neighbouring growers, and accurate record-keeping are all part of normal commercial arable operations. These routine procedures help ensure farmers can meet the quality needs and specifications of end-users. The same arrangements are equally capable of supporting co-existence between organic and conventional farms in relation to gene edited crops,” said Mr Temple. 

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Economic Profitability, Environmental Sustainability, and Food Security: The dilemma of advancing all three equally

Dr Stuart Smyth

 

Agricultural innovation is fully capable of safely contributing to increased sustainability, as has been widely proven over the past 60 years of increased food production, with only minimal increases in land use. Science, products and technologies can deliver improved environmental sustainability, reduced food insecurity, and greater farmer profitability. But a key question remains. Will modern society allow agricultural innovation to live up to its full potential, free of political interference, asks Dr Stuart Smyth.

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Is the EU ready to join the global gene editing revolution?

Dr Petra Jorasch

 

Regulatory authorities around world are moving rapidly to clarify their stance on new plant breeding technologies such as gene editing. Nearly all are determining that certain gene edited crops should be regulated in the same way as conventionally bred crops, rather than as GMOs. As the European Commission prepares to unveil its plans for the future regulation of these techniques, is the EU ready to join the global gene editing revolution, or will we remain locked in a political and regulatory time warp, asks Dr Petra Jorasch.

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Antibiotics have no place in organic farming, but gene editing does

Lord Rooker

Highlighting the potentially serious food safety risks associated with antibiotic use in organic farming, former UK Food Standards Agency chair and food safety minister Lord Rooker urges the organic sector to keep an open mind on the opportunities for new precision breeding technologies to help reduce the need for antimicrobial treatments by delivering genetic resistance to major disease challenges in farmed livestock.

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Biotech can help make our food healthier, safer and more sustainable

Professor Johnathan Napier

Continued growth of the global aquaculture sector, allied to concerns over the sustainability of marine fish stocks traditionally used as feed, are driving increased interest in health-giving Omega-3 enriched oilseed crops as a renewable feedstock. Recent food scares over ‘forever chemicals’ found in eggs, linked to the use of fishmeal as feed, suggest biotech crops may not only be more sustainable, but also safer, writes Professor Johnathan Napier.

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Why the European Union needs to grow genetically-engineered crops

Steven E. Cerier

 

International economist Steven E. Cerier describes how global innovation in plant breeding is already paving the way for higher yielding, more nutritious crops that can limit disease, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers, and adapt to greater weather extremes. The EU cannot afford to stand on the sidelines and not participate in this revolution. It is already placing its farmers at a competitive disadvantage, limiting consumer choice, and prompting scientists to depart for countries that are embracing these new genetic engineering techniques, he warns.

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Minding the gap: Where is the vision for UK food production?

Ian Munnery

With food price inflation outstripping other rising costs, the realities for UK farmers and agribusinesses in satisfying market demands are challenging. With no sign of transition or continuity planning for domestic crop production, we need to think more holistically if we are to sustain a competitive UK agriculture sector and address the ‘elephant in the room’ - food security - writes plant breeder Ian Munnery.

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The great organic seed swindle

Matt Ridley, Martin Jenkins &

Daniel Pearsall

Despite a steady decline in the total UK organic area, ‘emergency’ authorisations for organic growers to use non-organic seed – produced using the same synthetic pesticides and fertilisers banned under organic rules – reached record levels in 2022. Something must be done to address the double standards at play here, and the gigantic swindle taking place not only at the expense of conventional farmers, but also of unwitting consumers paying a hefty premium for the supposed ‘integrity’ of organic food, argue Matt Ridley, Martin Jenkins and Daniel Pearsall.

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Post-CAP farming policies for England "lack scientific rigour"

Minette Batters

 

NFU President Minette Batters highlights concerns at the lack of scientific rigour behind the Government’s Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) for England. Post-CAP farming policies must be grounded in sound science, not hope and wishful thinking, otherwise we may find ourselves sleepwalking from one food crisis to the next, she warns.

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Is England’s new gene editing law at risk of becoming an empty shell?

Nigel Moore

Plant breeder Nigel Moore warns that in considering the imposition of ‘GMO like’ regulatory measures for ‘nature like’ plants, the Food Standards Agency may well put paid to prospects for investment in precision breeding in England. That would effectively close off a real opportunity to deliver on the Agency’s stated aims to improve the safety, nutritional value, sustainability and affordability of our food, he suggests.

 

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Time for a better debate about industry science, and so-called 'conflicts of interest'

Professor Tina Barsby OBE

A recent paper in Nature Food, entitled “An approach to conflicts of interest in UK food regulatory institutions” by Tim Lang and Erik Millstone, effectively calls for a ban on government scientific advisers in the food and agriculture sectors having any links to industry.

 

Without a hint of the irony at play, the paper was further amplified by Erik Millstone in a blog entitled “Can UK food safety regulators be trusted?” on the website of anti-pesticide lobby group PAN-UK. No conflict of interest there, then.

 

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Farm to Fork: How the Ukraine war has exposed Europe's green farming plan as unsustainable

Steven E. Cerier

 

International economist Steven E. Cerier explores how war in Ukraine has derailed the European Union’s Farm to Fork initiative - and sparked a debate about what really constitutes sustainable agriculture. F2F was never a realistic policy, he suggests. It is aspirational but without the necessary detail to deliver the most sustainable approach. In practice it would reduce food production and farm incomes, and drive up food prices. The EU needs to rely on science to forge a more sustainable agricultural policy to reduce the carbon footprint of farming and lower the use of chemical inputs, he concludes.

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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

Scientists say poisonous pea could be made vital climate crisis crop

Robin McKie, The Observer, July 2023

Scientists say poisonous pea could be made vital climate crisis crop | Science | The Guardian

New Study Shows Glyphosate Ban Would Drive Up Food Prices

AgWeb, July 2023

New Study Shows Glyphosate Ban Would Drive Up Food Prices | AgWeb

Farms Of The Future Will Grow Food While Restoring The Environment: Here’s How

Juergen Eckhardt, Forbes, July 2023

Farms Of The Future Will Grow Food While Restoring The Environment (forbes.com)

Taking a Big Bite Out of Methane in Meat and Milk

Christopher Gambino, New Security Beat, July 2023

Taking a Big Bite Out of Methane in Meat and Milk (newsecuritybeat.org)

Carbon hype is not market reality

Alexis Stockford, Manitoba Co-operator, July 2023

Editorial: Carbon hype is not market reality - Manitoba Co-operator (manitobacooperator.ca)

 

Why have hybrid wheats been so difficult to commercialise?

Jack DeWitt, AgDaily, July 2023

Why have hybrid wheats been so difficult to commercialize? (agdaily.com)

 

Serious doubts about alternatives to fertiliser

Joost can Kasteren, June 2023

SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT ALTERNATIVES TO FERTILISER - Joost van Kasteren

Nobelist: ‘anti-science’ Greenpeace in ‘crime against humanity’

Times Higher Education, June 2023

Nobelist: Greenpeace ‘anti-science’ on GMOs | Times Higher Education (THE)

European Commission set to propose an overhaul of rules for gene-edited crops

Chemistry Word, June 2023

European Commission set to propose an overhaul of rules for gene-edited crops | News | Chemistry World

Is a split developing between the European organic establishment and the farmers it claims to represent over the regulation of CRISPR and other New Genomic Techniques?

Steven Cerier, Genetic Literacy Project, June 2023

Is a split developing between the European organic establishment and the farmers it claims to represent over the regulation of CRISPR and other New Genomic Techniques? - Genetic Literacy Project

 

Conservation Vs. the Climate: The problem with thinking globally, acting locally

Alex Smith, The Breakthrough Institute, June 2023

Conservation Vs. the Climate | The Breakthrough Institute

Science clear GMOs – nothing to fear but fear itself

Rich Rifkin, Davis Enterprise, June 2023

Rich Rifkin: Science clear GMOs – nothing to fear but fear itself (davisenterprise.com)

 

Feeding the World’s Livestock, One Potato At A Time

No Camels, June 2023

Feeding The World’s Livestock, One Potato At A Time (nocamels.com)

Africa needs more ag biotech investment. Here’s why

Jonathan Gressel, AgFunder News, June 2023

Africa needs more ag biotech investment. Here’s why (agfundernews.com)

Innovative Rice Cultivation Is Producing Positive Economic and Environmental Results

Malwinder Singh Malhi, Global Farmer Network, June 2023

Innovative Rice Cultivation Is Producing Positive Economic and Environmental Results – Global Farmer Network

Update on GMOs and Health

Steven Novella, Science-Based Medicine, June 2023

Update on GMOs and Health | Science-Based Medicine (sciencebasedmedicine.org)

 

This ‘super banana’ was designed to save lives. Will it matter that it’s orange?

National Geographic, June 2023

This ‘super banana’ was designed to save lives. Will it matter that it’s orange? (nationalgeographic.com)

Current conservation policies risk accelerating biodiversity loss

Ian Bateman and Andrew Balmford, Nature, June 2023

Current conservation policies risk accelerating biodiversity loss (nature.com)

 

Gene editing achieves consistently higher favorability in social and traditional media than GMOs

Mark Lynas et al, GM Crops & Food, June 2023

Full article: Gene editing achieves consistently higher favorability in social and traditional media than GMOs (tandfonline.com)

What’s driving the ‘multi-billion dollar fear-and smear campaign against genetically-engineered crops?

Henry Miller & Rob Wager, Genetic Literacy Project, June 2023

What's driving the ‘multi-billion dollar fear-and smear campaign against genetically-engineered crops’ — and the link between activists and Russia? - Genetic Literacy Project

When regulations push farmers out of farming, we need a new approach

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, Stuff, June 2023

When regulations push farmers out of farming, we need a new approach | Stuff.co.nz

Experts: Novel pest control solutions exist, but are ‘stuck in pipeline’

Euractiv, June 2023

Experts: Novel pest control solutions exist, but are ‘stuck in pipeline’ – EURACTIV.com

Regulation of Molecular Genetic Engineering Must Be Evidence-Based

Henry I Miller & David W Altman, European Scientist, June 2023

Regulation of Molecular Genetic Engineering Must Be Evidence-Based (europeanscientist.com)

Genetically modified food could help fight against climate change

Andy Allan, newsroom, June 2023

Genetically Modified Food Could Help Fight Against Climate Change | Newsroom

Building a blueprint for zero-emissions agriculture

Carnegie Science, June 2023

Building a blueprint for zero-emissions agriculture | Carnegie Science

The problems with a regenerative farming approach in New Zealand

Dr JS Howarth, Stuff, June 2023

The problems with a regenerative farming approach in New Zealand | Stuff.co.nz

 

Gene editing can help us produce crops fit for today’s challenges

Lord Cameron of Dillington, Politics Home, June 2023 

Gene editing can help us produce crops fit for today’s challenges (politicshome.com)

 

Renewing the agricultural toolbox: empowering European farmers for a sustainable future

Alexandra Brand, Brussels Times, June 2023

Promoted | Renewing the agricultural toolbox: empowering European farmers for a sustainable future (brusselstimes.com)

Should sovereign countries outside the EU follow the pesticide policies of the EU?

Shunmugan Ganesan, AgroPages, June 2023

AgroPages-Should sovereign countries outside the EU follow the pesticide policies of the EU?-Agricultural news

Tech can change agri landscape

M R Ranganatha, Deccan Herald, June 2023

Tech can change agri landscape | Deccan Herald

Sustainable Agriculture Comes Full Circle With Data Science

Triple Pundit, June 2023

Sustainable Agriculture Comes Full Circle With Data Science (triplepundit.com)

Gene Editing Could Improve Heat Tolerance

Dairy Herd Management, June 2023

Gene Editing Could Improve Heat Tolerance | Dairy Herd

 

Golden opportunity lost?

Marvin Tort, Business World Online, June 2023

Golden opportunity lost? - BusinessWorld Online (bworldonline.com)

Scientists Working to Engineer Climate-Cooling Super Trees

Government Technology, June 2023

Scientists Working to Engineer Climate-Cooling Super Trees (govtech.com)

Genomic Innovation in Rice: Transforming Black, Brown, and Red Varieties With CRISPR

SciTechDaily, June 2023

Genomic Innovation in Rice: Transforming Black, Brown, and Red Varieties With CRISPR (scitechdaily.com)

 

Insect spaghetti? EU agency greenlights another insect-based foodstuff

Euractiv, June 2023

Insect spaghetti? EU agency greenlights another insect-based foodstuff – EURACTIV.com

Canada Confirms Gene Editing Technologies Are Conventional Plant Breeding

Stuart Smyth, SAI Food, June 2023

Canada Confirms Gene Editing Technologies Are Conventional Plant Breeding - SAIFood

Asia must embrace technology to overcome food supply shocks brought on by climate change

Biman Mukherji, South China Morning Post, June 2023

Asia must embrace technology to overcome food supply shocks brought on by climate change | South China Morning Post (scmp.com)

EPA decision to tighten oversight of gene-edited crops, organic and  draws mixed response

Erik Stokstad, Science, June 2023

EPA decision to tighten oversight of gene-edited crops draws mixed response | Science | AAAS

 

European organics ponder gene-editing coexistence

Manitoba Co-operator, June 2023

European organics ponder gene-editing coexistence - Manitoba Co-operator (manitobacooperator.ca)

Future of food: what's on the menu in 2050

Cecilia Duong, UNSW, June 2023

Future of food: what's on the menu in 2050 | UNSW Newsroom

Achieving net-zero emissions in agriculture: a review

Lorenzo Rosa & Paolo Gabrielli, Environmental Research Letters, May 2023

Achieving net-zero emissions in agriculture: a review - IOPscience

GM food: The best way for sustainable food production?

Fred Schwaller, DW, May 2023

GM food: The best way for sustainable food production? – DW – 05/26/2023

 

Weeds in the science

Terence Corcoran, Financial Post, May 2023

Junk Science Week: Weeds in the science | Financial Post

 

Gene-edited calf may reduce reliance on antimicrobials against cattle disease

My Vet Candy, May 2023

Gene-edited calf may reduce reliance on antimicrobials against cattle disease (myvetcandy.com)

 

Researchers genetically alter hens to produce allergy-free eggs

Medical News Today, May 2023

Egg allergy: Genetically altered hens lay allergen-free eggs (medicalnewstoday.com)

Ag biotech helps with climate change

Stuart Smyth, Western Producer, May 2023

Ag biotech helps with climate change | The Western Producer

 

Are you hungry for change?

Alexandra Brand, Euractiv, May 2023

Are you hungry for change? – EURACTIV.com

Outdated gene editing laws hobble NZ research

Farmers Weekly NZ, May 2023

Outdated gene editing laws hobble NZ research (farmersweekly.co.nz)

Looking at the good and bad of glyphosate

Laura Rance, Winnipeg Free Press, May 2023

Looking at the good and bad of glyphosate – Winnipeg Free Press

 

Environmental NGOs In The Global South: Saviors Of Humanity Or Predatory Special Interests?

Tilak Doshi, Forbes, May 2023

Environmental NGOs Hurt The Poor The Most (forbes.com)

Unmixed blessing

Erik Stokstad, Science, May 2023

‘Game changer.’ Scientists are genetically engineering crops to clone themselves | Science | AAAS

Eco-Progressive Pro-Science NGOs

David Zaruk, European Seed, May 2023

Eco-Progressive Pro-Science NGOs - European Seed (european-seed.com)

Can ‘enhanced rock weathering’ help combat climate change?

BBC News, May 2023

Can ‘enhanced rock weathering’ help combat climate change? - BBC News

Neonicotinoids and honeybees: Are agricultural chemicals harming honeybees?

Diego Macall, SAIFood, May 2023

Neonicotinoids And Honeybees: Are Agricultural Chemicals Harming Honeybees? - SAIFood

 

Gene editing promises an ethical, efficient solution to end male chick culling. Why are we afraid to execute?

Agfunder News, May 2023

eggXYt CEO: Gene editing is key to ending male chick culling (agfundernews.com)

Cracks appear in Europe’s opposition to CRISPR gene editing and other New Breeding Technologies

Steven Cerier, Genetic Literacy Project, May 2023

Cracks appear in Europe’s opposition to CRISPR gene editing and other New Breeding Technologies - Genetic Literacy Project

There is more to land management than producing food

Sir Charles Godfray, Farmers Weekly, May 2023

Opinion: There is more to land management than producing food - Farmers Weekly (fwi.co.uk)

Investment in Agriculture R&D Delivers Results that Matter

Guillermo Breton, Global Farmer Network, May 2023

Investment in Agriculture R&D Delivers Results that Matter | AgWeb

Nearly a quarter billion people are hungry. Can biotech help?

Bio News, May 2023

Food insecurity is growing. Can biotech help? - Bio.News

Start-ups see sustainable future in seaweed farming

Financial Times, May 2023

Start-ups see sustainable future in seaweed farming | Financial Times (ft.com)

 

Tweaking Vegetables’ Genes Could Make Them Tastier—And You’ll Get to Try Them Soon

Megan Bartels, Scientific American, May 2023

Tweaking Vegetables' Genes Could Make Them Tastier--And You'll Get to Try Them Soon - Scientific American

 

Green activists claim we can feed the world with organic-grown crops. Here’s a reality check

Marcel Bruins, Genetic Literacy Project, May 2023

Viewpoint: Green activists claim we can feed the world with organic-grown crops. Here’s a reality check - Genetic Literacy Project

New precision-breeding law unlocks gene editing in England

Mario Caccamo, Nature Biotechnology, May 2023

New precision-breeding law unlocks gene editing in England | Nature Biotechnology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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