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Agrigenomics Yields a Next-Gen Cornucopia

November 5, 2019

Benefits of genome editing and molecule-sensing technologies in agriculture include more sustainable crops and healthier foods. Consumers may soon begin purchasing fun-sized fruits and vegetables, as well as processed foods that incorporate healthier ingredients, such as oils that are relatively free of “unhealthy” fats. And producers may be able to grow crops that are drought-…

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Cotton seed for dinner? That could become a reality

October 30, 2019

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 23 (UPI) — The cotton industry hopes to launch a new market for a genetically modified cotton plant whose seeds are edible for humans. The push comes after the Food and Drug Administration OK’d the modified plant for human consumption in late September. Cotton groups called it a historic decision — one…

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Bayer gets short with corn varieties for easier handling

October 29, 2019

SHORTER corn plants – that’s one of the innovations Bayer is backing in an effort to produce more food from less land. The innovation was referenced at the Bayer Future of Farming dialogue held at its German headquarters in Monheim earlier this month. Corn is a massively significant crop for US, Chinese and European growers…

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Many plants are naturally GMO, research finds

October 14, 2019

Agrobacterium microbe — the very same bacterium that scientists typically use to create GM crops. Though much of the controversy around genetically modified crops is driven by the belief that the process of moving genes from one species to another is “unnatural,” new research shows some 1 in 20 flowering plants are naturally transgenic. Dozens…

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Fewer suicides, cancers and pesticide poisonings: Examining the health benefits of GMO crops

October 14, 2019

GM crops prevent cancer? Hogwash!” you might say. “Genetically modified (GM) crops and food are supposed to cause cancer aren’t they?” Well, that is what many anti-biotech activists would like you to believe. These campaigners have alleged for years that eating foods made from GM crops leads to dozens of serious health issues, all to…

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Bt Brinjal Technology Boosts Yield, Reduces Pesticides in Bangladesh, IFPRI Reports

September 26, 2019

Bt brinjal increased yield by 42%, reduced cost of growing brinjal by 31%, reduced pesticide applications by 51%, leading to fewer reports of pesticide exposure symptoms. These are according to the report on the Impacts of Bt Brinjal (Eggplant) Technology in Bangladesh published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the US Agency…

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IFPRI study:GMO eggplant cuts pesticide use, boosts farmer profits

September 18, 2019

A new study confirms that genetically modified insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) has successfully reduced pesticide use and improved livelihoods among the Bangladeshi farmers who grow it. Conventionally grown brinjal is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in South Asia. Historically, brinjal farmers have sprayed as many as 84 times in a growing season to…

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German groups lose GMO soybean battle to Monsanto at top European court

September 17, 2019

The European Court of Justice dismissed an action brought by three German NGOs against the authorization of genetically modified soy products. The NGOs argued more research was necessary to determine the product’s risks. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday that the authorization of genetically modified soy produced by former agrochemical corporation…

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Infographic: GMO crops ‘wreck’ the environment, human health? Latest evidence says otherwise

September 3, 2019

“GMOs are not saving farmers money, they’re not producing higher yields, and perhaps most significantly they’re wrecking the environment and human health,” the anti-biotech outfit Natural News warned in December 2014. Such claims are recycled endlessly by environmental activists and widely circulated thanks to social media, but they are wholly unsupported by the evidence, according…

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Are You Scared of GMO Foods?

August 14, 2019

If so, new research says, learning the science behind them could change your mind. Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning brown, to creating variants of crops that reduce pesticide use. Some of these things may sound too good to be true…

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