The Dawning of a New Era in Plant Breeding

Gene Editing and Plant Biotechnology Gene editing technologies have emerged from the broader field of agricultural biotechnology, sometimes referred to as the gene revolution of agriculture. Gene editing allows for single gene-specific mutation, while standard mutagenic breeding resulted in tens of thousands of gene mutations. Mutagenesis has been used in …

Biotech soybeans in Romania: Loss of benefits since EU accession

By Graham Brookes, PG Economics Ltd, UK   When Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007 and adopted EU policies, its farmers were no longer allowed to use GM herbicide tolerant (to the herbicide glyphosate) soybeans that many had been using since original authorisation in 1999.  Ten years on, …

GM Crops Provide $150 Billion in Global Benefits

Feeding an additional 2-5 billion people over the coming 30 years is going to challenge every single aspect of agriculture and food production. While some early advocates of biotechnology and GM crops enthusiastically proclaimed that GM crops could feed the world, the reality 20 years later is that they are …

Starvation or GMO Food Aid, Which Would You Prefer?

Playing politics over reducing chronic malnutrition & food insecurity, it’s time this ends! Every year, somewhere in the world, drought is an agricultural problem. Some years are mild, only impacting small areas in a few countries, while in other years entire regions are affected. Unfortunately for the African continent, due …

Withdraw Could be a Winning Solution for Developing Countries

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is Holding Technological Innovations Hostage[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]In 2000, negotiators adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). The CPB was a supplementary agreement to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity coming into effect in 2003. Its purpose was to manage international trade in GMOs. While …

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New Research Collection on Innovations in Agriculture and Food[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly] Genetically modified (GM) crops were first commercially available 18 years ago. Over this time, the technology has been applied to 15 different types of food crops (as of 2015). GM crops have been grown in 28 different countries during …

Time for Environmental NGOs to Support Biotech

Cooperation is needed to reduce malnourishment, not protesting[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″][printfriendly]Environmental awareness is a growing issue for societies. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference highlighted the importance for national governments to take action on carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to protect our planet, population and environment. Climate changes over the coming …

Seeking Plant Breeding Experts

Survey on regulation new plant breeding techniquesSince the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2009 challenge on how to feed the world in 2050, there have been many forms of responses. There have been increases in research project funding, increased partnerships between the developed and developing, and the application of new plant …

Putting the Orange back in Orange Production

Novel biotechnologies might help stop plant bacteria from exterminating orange and other citrus production All around the globe orange production is being affected by Huanglongbing (HLB), or in North America, ‘citrus greening’. Citrus greening is a disease which causes citrus trees to yellow, starving the tree and its fruit of nutrients. The cause of …