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No GMOs, more greenhouse gas

November 10th, 2016 / AgriNews, US

A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows.
Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that …

First drought-resilient, high iron beans for Uganda released

September 5th, 2016 / CIAT, Colombia

Five new bean varieties bred with high iron and resilience to the impacts of drought have been released in Uganda for the first time. The varieties – co-developed by the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), the Rwandan Agricultural Board (RAB) and CIAT through HarvestPlus – were released as part …

Zimbabwe: innovative use of fertilizers revives hope for Africa’s green revolution

August 6th, 2016 / Zimbabwe Star

With a Green Revolution, Africa would be following in the footsteps of Asia and Latin America, where effective policies, new farming methods, improved inputs and high-yield seed varieties have improved harvests and reduced poverty.
Although no country has met the target for 2015, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the African Union commissioner for …

What is a GMO anyway?

June 3rd, 2016 / MIT Technology Review, US

Policymakers trying to figure out how to oversee a new generation of genetically engineered crops face a dilemma: gene-editing techniques are making it more difficult to tell what a GMO even is. That’s important because the way GMOs are defined in new regulations, or in rules that will require food …

Sub-Saharan Africa feeding itself after years of improving crop varieties

April 23rd, 2016 / Virginia Tech News, US

In regions of Africa, agricultural productivity is increasing and people are thriving. Overall, the prevalence of hunger declined by 30 percent between the early 1990s and 2015, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Investments in agricultural research are helping to alleviate crippling food shortages that racked the continent in …

Canada approves non-browning, low acrylamide GMO potato for sale

March 26th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

the Innate potato has the same nutritional composition of regular potatoes plus reduced asparagine. This amino acid found in many starchy foods produces acrylamide, suspected to be a human carcinogen. Potatoes naturally produce the chemical when they’re cooked at high temperatures above 120 C (250 F). Read …

Anti-science the biggest threat to modern farming and food security

March 9th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

“We are going to need all kinds of agriculture technology, including genetic engineering, if we are going to ensure global food security,” says Robert Saik, Canadian agricultural consultant, “the anti-science movement is the largest threat to agriculture in terms of our ability to feed the future planet … the voices …

Epigenetically modified organisms: The coming EPO farming and food revolution?

February 10th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Agriculture around the world faces a myriad of problems: Pests, weeds, random and extreme weather, and drought, to name a few. While none of these issues are new, because of climate change in particular, several of them are being exacerbated. Techniques like genetic engineering, artificial selection, and mutagenesis have made …

Mark Lynas: Yes to GMOs, mandatory labeling

January 13th, 2016 / Farm Futures, US

Mark Lynas used to through mud, clandestinely seeking to destroy European GMO crops. “As a scientist, you must have data to back up what you’re saying,” Lynas said. “And I realized I wasn’t holding myself to the same scientific standards on GMOs as I applied to my research on climate …

The magic of hybrid seeds

December 18th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

One of the most important questions that often comes to farmers’ minds is, “what seeds should I plant?” Now, before rushing to the nearest agrovet or seed stockist, arm yourself with this guide that will enable you select the best seeds that fit the location of your farm. Read …