Viewpoint: ‘Defenders of modern agriculture should vehemently push back against the notion that today’s food model undermines bee health or human health’ – Genetic Literacy Project

Since the introduction of neonicotinoid insecticides – the pesticides blamed for bee death – in the mid-90s, bee populations have not collapsed. The
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Part II: Seeds of Reaction — How anti-GMO ‘progressivism’ morphed into a technophobic science rejectionist movement – Genetic Literacy Project

Part One of this essay on the evolution of anti-GMO activism ended with an introduction to the book The Rhetoric of Reaction by the development economist
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Green Revolution 2.0 is unfolding, driven by biotechnology innovation. Here is what you can expect – Genetic Literacy Project

We are on the cusp of a revolution in food and agriculture that will exceed the tremendous accomplishments of the “Green Revolution” of the 1950s and
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‘Prioritize science and innovation to revamp agrifood systems’: New head of UN Food and Agricultural Organization urges global commitment to new breeding techniques – Genetic Literacy Project

Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Qu Dongyu, has made an urgent call for the transformation of
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Public trust, safety, and genetic engineering – Genetic Literacy Project

Although the public is almost completely unaware, today, more than three-quarters of all food crops have been directly and dramatically altered by humans
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Young plant scientists eager to develop climate resilient and more nutritious crops see CRISPR gene editing as key – Genetic Literacy Project

In the summer of 2018, the European Court of Justice (that’s Europe’s highest court) reviewed a case and concluded that gene-edited crops should be
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Government regulations block biotechnology solutions to mitigate Florida citrus crop frost damage – Genetic Literacy Project

To counter a rare freeze, Florida’s farmers have to reach deep into archaic solutions – tarps, smudge pots, irrigation, bonfires … whatever it takes to
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Scientists Create CROPSR, A Tool to Accelerate Genetic Discoveries- Crop Biotech Update (February 23, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Scientists Create CROPSR, A Tool to Accelerate Genetic Discoveries- Crop Biotech Update (February 23, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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CROPSR: A New Tool for Speeding up Genetic Research in Crops

Crop genomes are fine-tuned over generations of breeding to improve certain features, and until recently, breeders had to rely on naturally occurring variety for selection. Although CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology has the potential to change this, the software tools required for designing and analyzing CRISPR experiments have so far been developed for editing in mammalian genomes, which do not share the same properties as complex crop genomes.
— Read on krishijagran.com/agriculture-world/cropsr-a-new-tool-for-speeding-up-genetic-research-in-crops/

Viewpoint: Why Europe’s Green Deal Farm to Fork Policy organic embrace is a rejection of green, sustainable agriculture — and will isolate Europe – Genetic Literacy Project

With its new Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, the EU plans to expand organic farming, an approach that rules out both synthetic chemicals and modern
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