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National Academies report on gene drives recommends field trials but not environmental release

June 14th, 2016 / Genes, US

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has published a report on the responsible use of gene drives; techniques which ensure a gene spreads through a population, often using CRISPR-based gene editing. The report reviews the basic science, ethical and social considerations, and governance models of gene drives. In …

Will microbes save agriculture?

June 13th, 2016 / LA Times, US

Right under our feet – that’s where David Perry believes the next agricultural revolution will come from – the millions of unseen microbes in soil that play a crucial but complicated role in the well-being of plants. Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something akin …

Agriculture challenges facing Africa’s food systems

June 13th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Every day – all around the world – farmers face the same common threats to their productivity and livelihood. In Africa, however, the challenges go beyond damaging weather, pests and disease. Farmers at all scales of production need access to the inputs required to produce a successful crop – high-yielding …

Agroforestry is a ‘win-win’ for developing nations

June 13th, 2016 / EurActiv.com

Tony Simons is the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, a Nairobi-based body that works in 34 countries across the developing world to argue for a move away from ‘hi-tech’ farming towards a mix of trees and agriculture, to aid productivity, livelihoods, the environment and the climate. Read …

“Leave Africa alone”

June 10th, 2016 / Global Farmer Network,

An open letter from a Kenyan farmer to the EU Parliament: ” … Instead of ordering Africans to abandon science, Europeans should listen to what their own scientists say: The European Commission and the World Health Organization both have vouched for the safety of GMOs. So has the National Academy …

Are there environmental and economic benefits to GMO crops?

June 10th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Global benefits for genetically modified crops have reached $150 billion since the crops were first planted, according to a report published by PG Economics LTD. The report comes on the heels of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) which also noted that genetically modified crops offered substantial …

GM crops designed to enhance productivity & farm efficiency

June 7th, 2016 / The Eagle, Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Development Agency says genetically modified crops are meant to have a positive impact on farm income due to enhanced production and efficiency on the farm. The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Lucy Ugbado, made this known on when she featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …

Talking about genetically modified crops in Uganda – my experience

June 6th, 2016 / Cornell Alliance for Science, US

Patricia Nanteza writes: “We are our own public relations officers. We should at all times treat and speak well of ourselves. We should never do the haters work for them.” If I am given the chance, I think I can disarm an army by simply talking to and with them. …

Researchers identify critical factors in maize and wheat drought vulnerability

June 2nd, 2016 / ISAAA, US

A team of researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis led by Lixin Wang has identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.Read …