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Can Technology Drive New Spurt in Agricultural Productivity?

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Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. AgriPulse recently published a piece that takes a look at weather or not agricultural productivity gains can be sustained or even enhanced with application of new technologies in the short term. An excerpt of the article can be found here: …USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has been explaining to several Read More >

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How the GE Mushroom Could Change the Debate Around GMOs

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Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will not regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. Nature reported on the Agency’s announcement that the GM mushroom can now “be cultivated and sold without passing through the agency’s regulatory process” — making it the first CRISPR-edited organism to receive a green light from the US government. This is a great example of how biotechnology is being used to better our food. In fact, it Read More >

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Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune

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GMO Answers Forbes blog has recently published a piece by Dr. Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto. In “Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune,” Dr. Fraley opens by arguing that climate change, vaccines and GMOs are popular targets of the war on science. In his piece, Dr. Fraley focuses on the financial costs of scientific denialism in the areas of vaccinations, climate change and genetically modified crops: In case Read More >

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A Snack and a Science Lesson in One

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Last week freelance science journalist and frequent contributor to Nature Biotechnology Emily Waltz was able to try a bite of the non-browning apple. Along with her children, the group put the genetically modified apples through “a battery of tests to see how child-friendly and tasty they really are.” She blogged about her experience in the NY Times: The apples also gave us an opportunity to talk about what genetic engineering is and where we stand on the Read More >

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How Should We Go About Fixing Our Food System From The Ground Up?

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“I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them,” states Tamar Haspel in her recent Washington Post piece If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?. In her article, Haspel aims to answer the questions: leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from Read More >

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