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You probably didn’t know smallholder farmers can benefit from GMOs, too

February 23rd, 2016 / Forbes, US

Many smallholder farmer communities are challenging — transportation is difficult, electricity might be rare—but they’re filled with potential… Agricultural technology like GMOs can make a difference. Improved seed varieties can increase farmers’ yields, meaning farmers can harvest more from their land. That increase in yields doesn’t just change a farmer’s …

World hunger: what the Ebola virus can teach us about saving crops

February 22nd, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

If we can bring the same technologies to bear against crop diseases as well as human ones, we can help eradicate hunger – a less newsworthy and more slow-burning problem than Ebola, but far more deadly in terms of the human toll. Read …

We need to all approaches to boost agriculture

February 17th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

“This (feeding the growing population) will require sustainable intensification— growing more from less by using land and resources more efficiently with the aim of meeting the current needs while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition, we must conserve natural resources, preserve eco-system …

Stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Over 100 members of the panel for agricultural research from 23 countries have met today in Arusha to discuss ways to tackle the whitefly species known to cause crop losses. The pest fly which carries and spread disease is a major threat to global food production. According to research …

Africa’s economic future will be cultivated on small family farms

February 15th, 2016 / African Insider

Africa’s growing population and expanding middle class are creating a domestic market for food products that will be worth $1 trillion by 2030. But to tap this opportunity for Africa’s smallholder farmer, we need to stop thinking about them as subsistence growers and embrace their potential to generate income. …

Biofortification: New ‘green revolution’ for more nutritious crops

February 12th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Plant breeders and biotechnologists are working on a new Green Revolution to make crops produce more nutrients, a process called biofortification. Recently, several new biofortified crops have been in the news: an orange ‘super banana’ genetically engineered to produce elevated levels of beta-carotene currently undergoing human testing in Iowa; …

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 …

Gene-edited crops ‘should not be subject to government oversight’

February 9th, 2016 / Nature Genetics

An editorial in Nature Genetics has called for gene-edited crops to be subject to no more regulation than crops developed through conventional breeding. In an accompanying commentary, Chinese, German and US researchers make the case that many applications of gene-editing would lead to crops that would, at least in theory, …

Suppressing growth: how GMO opposition hurts developing nations

February 9th, 2016 / Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Meet Campaigns against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), originating primarily in Europe, have created significant obstacles to the development and adoption of genetically modified crops. While the policies and practices resulting from these campaigns impose considerable costs on the economies of origin, they disproportionately hurt those nations with the greatest need …

The importance of plant science

February 9th, 2016 / The Scientist

Meet Professor Natasha Raikel and hear her explain why studying plant genetics is crucial. View …