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B4FA Week in Review – 28 June 2017

June 28th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Congratulations to African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, who has just won the prestigious World Food Prize in honour of his work to improve crop yields and incomes for farmers in Africa. Adesina grew up poor, the son of a Nigerian farm worker. He then earned graduate degrees in agricultural …

B4FA Week in Review – 21 June 2017

June 21st, 2017 / B4FA.org

In a development that should add interest to discussions about seed patents, plant breeders in Germany have developed open-source plant seeds, according to Science magazine. “The idea behind the open-source license is that scientists and breeders can experiment with seeds –and improve them – unimpeded by legal restrictions,” states the article. The …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 June 2017

June 14th, 2017 / B4FA.org

A new peer-review report recently published by PG Economics shows that over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth. The report, GM Crops: Global Socio-economic and Environmental impacts 1996-2015, is authored by Graham Brookes and Peter Barfoot. Among the benefits they …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 June 2017

June 7th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, news was dominated by US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. The Conversation published an overview (“How bad could Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal be?”) by climate scientist and climate policy scholar Robert Koop, who puts the situation in perspective with best- to worst-case scenarios from …