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Top 10 consumer questions about GMOs answered

October 10th, 2016 / gmo answers, US

GMO Answers conducted a survey with the Opinion Research Council (ORC) to gather consumers’ top ten questions related to GMOs. Below are those questions in order of interest, followed by the facts about genetically modified foods for each. See …

Improving cassava processing

September 22nd, 2016 / CGIAR Roots, tubers and Bananas

Much of the cassava grown in developing countries is processed to produce starch or flour used as ingredients in an array of food products. As demand for those products grows, the cassava processing industry will play an increasingly important role for farmers and local economies. The CGIAR Research Program on …

Great Green Wall: ambitious plan to beat back the Sahara

September 14th, 2016 / AfkInsider.com

Eleven African countries are making headway in their ambitious pan-African effort to plant trees along the edge of the Sahara desert, the world largest, and beat back its spread into more arable land southwards.
The plan dubbed the ‘Great Green Wall’ seeks to counter the spread of Sahara Desert in Africa …

GM seeds market growth to increase due to rise in biofuels use

September 1st, 2016 / ISAAA, US

The global genetically modified (GM) seeds market will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) close to 10% by 2020, says a new report by Technavio, a global technology research and advisory company. Technavio’s latest report, Global Genetically Modified Seeds Market 2016-2020, covers the present scenario and …

He grows fruit trees for food security and to conserve the environment

August 11th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: ‘John Ssentongo of Lukindu Village in Kisekka Sub-county, Lwengo District, loves fruits and believes they are the solution to his community’s food shortage problem.
“When I set out to become a farmer I chose to grow mangoes, jackfruit, avocados, pawpaw and other fruit trees besides bananas, …

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

July 25th, 2016 / UN.org

Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.
“We have embarked on a …

Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say.

May 22nd, 2016 / Washington Post

No “substantiated” evidence exists that genetically engineered crops have caused health problems in humans or damaged the environment, but it’s too soon to be making broad statements, positive or negative, about laboratory-based manipulations of crop genomes, an elite panel of scientists concluded in a recent report produced by the …

Why smart agricultural development is needed in Africa’s savannas

October 7th, 2015 / The Conversation

The vast, 700 million hectare belt of savannas encircling Africa’s equatorial rainforests are considered to be low cost areas for agricultural expansion, based simply on the fact that they are not forests. While these savannas have decent farming potential, converting Africa’s savannas may have high environmental costs.
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