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B4FA Week in Review – 26 July 2017

July 26th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Many worthy people objected to the production of hybrids on the ground that it was an impious interference with the laws of Nature. – Maxwell Masters, 1899
This quote by botanist and taxonomist Maxwell Masters opens a lucid and useful essay published by plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald in Geographical Review …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 July 2017

July 19th, 2017 / B4FA.org

A week ago, the United Nations celebrated its annual World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, including the issue of food security and sustainability. For the occasion, IFPRI posted a brief report based on featuring an analysis generated by its International Model for Policy Analysis …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 July 2017

July 12th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Lots of interesting biotech news from around the world this week. A genetically modified banana fortified with Vitamin A has been developed in Queensland, Australia, and is to be grown in Uganda, in the hopes of improving the health of East African children. The highland or East African cooking banana variety, …

B4FA Week in Review – 5 July 2017

July 5th, 2017 / B4FA.org

More positive responses are rolling in for the documentary Food Evolution, which opened in United States cinemas in late June. The film is trying to encourage fact-based public discourse around GM, while discouraging polarized debate and dispelling fear. (See “Documentary ‘Food Evolution’ turns to reason to discuss GMO controversy”, LA Times.) Food …