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Climate change and GMOs: can non-transgenic varieties address global challenges?

January 27th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Talk over rice production and genetics has been dominated by Golden Rice, the bioengineered rice variety that was enhanced to produce Vitamin A. While this has the promise to cure up to 500,000 annual worldwide cases of blindness due to Vitamin A-deficient diets, it has yet to come to market. …

Encouraging GM food crops only way out for India says MP

January 26th, 2016 / The Economic Times, India

With the government deciding to roll out the food security law, former Food Minister and senior Congress MP K V Thomas today said encouraging Genetically Modified (GM) crops is the only way the country can feed its growing population. Read …

In South Africa water is the new gold

January 26th, 2016 / Times Live, South Africa

Our biggest water resource, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, is struggling to keep up with the demand from South Africa. Reports coming out of Lesotho suggest that more and more people are moving out of the countryside and into the towns, with the result that that country’s government is having …

Growing concern over El Nino’s impact on southern Africa as planting window ends

January 20th, 2016 / UNFP, Rome

The El Niño global weather event, which is leading to even worse drought across the region, is already affecting this year’s crop. With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is …

Africa tops the trio of continents set for rise in food demand

January 15th, 2016 / Food Navigator.com

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in food consumption over the next 25 years, according to a report, as the continent’s young demographic and lower-than-average calorie consumption provides huge export potential. Read …

Could genetic engineering be a valued tool against climate change?

January 14th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

As we look to the future of agriculture, one issue should dominate the debate: the world’s climate continues to become warmer. Companies and governments have started working with farmers to take steps to reduce the severity of climate change, including the use of biotechnology and genetic modifications. Read …

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 …

Can GM help quench crops’ thirst?

January 13th, 2016 / Ensla, US

The application of GM technology to boosting drought resistance could be an important addition to the toolkit humans can use to adapt to climate change, which is expected to cause longer and more frequent droughts in many of the world’s important food-growing regions. Read …

Resurrection plants could lead to more drought-tolerant crops

January 3rd, 2016 / AgWeb.com

Recent genome sequencing of Oropetium grass has given researchers a blueprint in distinguishing genes related to phenomenal plant resilience. The bizarre self-preservation abilities of resurrection plants like Oropetium hold tremendous promise toward engineering stronger drought-tolerance in crops, and the effects soon could reach farmland. Read …

Inter-planting coffee and banana to cope with climate change

January 2nd, 2016 / IPS

Studies by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partner organizations show that a Ugandan farmer gets 50 per cent more income from inter cropping coffee and banana than from growing either crop alone. Conducted in over 30 districts of Uganda, the study showed that coffee yield remained the …