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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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Ordeal of potato farmer who planted 80kg but harvested 4kg

June 1st, 2016 / Sunrise, Uganda

Stephen Tindimubona planted an 80kg sack of Irish Potatoes in the August-September planting season last year, and hoped to get about a tone but was shocked to harvest just 4kgs from half an acre. It was an inexplicably huge loss for an experienced farmer such as Tindimubona who had …

Farmers must lead GM debate

May 27th, 2016 / The Scottish Farmer

“Politicians should provide leadership, but in the case of GM they are letting themselves be led by public opinion. Farmers are really at the sharp end of this, trying to produce crops under the pressures of climate, disease and pests. I would like to see farmers give the public …

Disease resistant GMOs could address climate change and save billions

May 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Treating disease is so vital to the future of agriculture that several scientists set up a non-profit called 2Blades to help advance work on plant pathogens and disease resistance. The group’s goal is to spur promising scientific work on plant disease resistance, move it out of the lab and …

‘If field trials of GM crops were encouraged, we would have drought-resistant varieties by now’

May 3rd, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Criticising the moratorium on field tests for genetically modified (GM) crops eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M. Mahadevappa opined that such a move was detrimental for the farming sector. “If the field trials of GM crops were encouraged, scientists would have come out with drought-resistant varieties by now,” he said. …

RMRDC supports production of Bt cotton in Nigeria

May 3rd, 2016 / elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has joined a league of other GMO advocates to support the production of genetically modified, also known as Bt Cotton in Nigeria.In a letter to the Country Representative of Monsanto, a global seed company, signed by the Director General of the …