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How Gene-Editing Can Curb World Hunger And Pesticide Use

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The CRISPR-Cas9 method is a high-tech method used for genome editing. It has many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic diseases. However, recently around the world, scientists have been researching how to use this gene-editing technique to help stop world hunger, end the use of pesticides and improve our health. The Huffington Post writes that CRISPR-Cas9 could allow farmers to grow crops that are bigger, tougher and more nutritious. Hypoallergenic peanuts? Wheat that is invulnerable to mildew? Drought-resistant corn or healthier tomatoes? CRISPR Read More >

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A Clue to Growing Food on Mars Someday

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With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, the Martian has become a box office hit, grossing over $571 million worldwide. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. With a limited amount of supplies, he must find a way to survive on the hostile planet while members of NASA and fellow crew members work to bring him back home.  The conditions on Mars aren’t conducive for human survival making for Read More >

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BIO Applauds Innovative SmartLabel™ to Give Consumers More Information

Food trade media outlets are already buzzing following today’s unveiling by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) of the SmartLabel™, which will allow consumers to find detailed product information by scanning a QR code on a food package, using a web search such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, or visiting the company’s website. GMA reports that more than 30 major companies are already committed to taking part in the transparency initiative. Hershey was the first company Read More >

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Cultivating More Female Plant Scientists

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Below is an excerpt from an interview with Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), posted by CropLife International: Only 25 percent of agricultural scientists in Africa are women. Increasing this number is critical to Africa’s food security, says Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a career development program for top female scientists.  So far, more than 400 women in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Read More >

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Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct

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Thanksgiving is just a day away which means family, football and pie. The typical Thanksgiving feast can include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. However, a recent blog in the National Geographic argues that many of the common Thanksgiving food staples shouldn’t be around today. In“Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct,” Ed Young explains why pumpkin, squashes, gourds, and courgettes shouldn’t exist: These common dinner-table vegetables are all part of a group of plants called Cucurbita, whose wild Read More >

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