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Mommy, Ph.D.: Prescribing Lessons in Biotechnology, One Troll At a Time

Mommy, Ph.D.: Prescribing Lessons in Biotechnology, One Troll At a Time

Like many mothers, Alison Bernstein was overwhelmed with the information about what makes food safe. So overwhelmed, in fact, she thought “everything was killing us, and everything was destroying her.” However, that all changed when she started working at a toxicology lab, where the science around biotechnology cannot be misconstrued by the internet or the organic industry.

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How Plant Science Is Helping Cocoa Farmers in West Africa

How Plant Science Is Helping Cocoa Farmers in West Africa

Last year we featured Dr. Mfegue Crescence Virginie, an agronomist from Cameroon, in our #FoodHeroes campaign. Working as the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Program Manager for the World Cocoa Foundation in West Africa, she explained how this viral disease can be damaging for farmers, resulting in more than 15% of global cocoa losses. One year on we followed-up with her to find out the facts behind the recent story that chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years.

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A Responsible Approach to Highly Hazardous Pesticides

A Responsible Approach to Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Pesticides are a critical tool to help farmers around the world protect their crops, ensure their livelihoods and provide food to a growing population. If left uncontrolled, pests would significantly reduce the quantity and quality of food production. In fact, global crop losses could reach 50 to 80 percent without effective integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including the use of pesticides, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Unlocking nature’s secrets: The world of biological crop protection

Unlocking nature’s secrets: The world of biological crop protection

Derived from nature, biologicals offer farmers an effective, environmentally friendly and socially acceptable way to protect crops. Used by both conventional and organic farmers alike, they can be used alone or combined with synthetic products. Dr Pamela Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), tells us more.

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Digital Revolution Takes Farming to Another Level

Digital Revolution Takes Farming to Another Level

Digital technology is transforming global agriculture around the world. From high-tech sensor technology to smartphone apps, farmers around the world are using digital solutions to help them grow healthy crops, while using inputs more efficiently. Tobias Menne, Global Head Digital Farming at Bayer, tells us more.

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Special Rapporteur on Right to Food Undermines United Nations’ Goals

Special Rapporteur on Right to Food Undermines United Nations’ Goals

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) set ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. The international development community – civil society, business and public institutions – rallied behind these ambitious targets and agreed to do everything in its power to achieve them.

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Scientists Develop Cutting Edge Approach to Protect Honey Bees

Scientists Develop Cutting Edge Approach to Protect Honey Bees

Consumers rely on farmers to deliver everything from fruit to nuts, but farmers need the help of the honey bee to help pollinate these food crops around the world. In order to continue delivering consumers their watermelons and blueberries in the future, farmers and researchers are working together to look for new ways to ensure […]

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Managing Weed Resistance with Integrated Weed Management

Managing Weed Resistance with Integrated Weed Management

Wheat in the USA The cultivation of wheat reaches far back into human history and its importance hasn’t decreased since then. With more than 220 million hectares of arable land under wheat cultivation, it is the largest cereal crop in terms of area and one of the world`s most important staple foods. Most of the […]

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Human Cost of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exaggerated

Human Cost of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exaggerated

    By Gregory G. Bond and Daniel R. Dietrich,     The EU and U.S. governments continue to try to best identify and regulate potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In an attempt to influence these efforts, the Endocrine Society – a global association representing endocrinologists and related experts – published a series of economic papers in […]

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Celebrating 20 Years of Economic and Environmental Benefits from Crop Biotechnology

Celebrating 20 Years of Economic and Environmental Benefits from Crop Biotechnology

Today marks the United Nations’ World Environment Day, in which most global leaders have joined together in a call for us to connect #WithNature and take action to protect our environment. It is only fitting that our 12th annual report, which looks at the global impact of crop biotechnology in the 26 countries where it […]

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Transforming Africa’s Agricultural Programs With Plant Biotech

Transforming Africa’s Agricultural Programs With Plant Biotech

Dr. Sylvester Oikeh, Project Manager – Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Modern agricultural biotechnology is a tool that has the potential to address food insecurity in Africa. Three countries — Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi — have recently joined the league of nations that have approved biotech […]

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Bringing Together Allies to Share Plant Biotech’s Story

Bringing Together Allies to Share Plant Biotech’s Story

An interview with Dr. Sarah Evanega, Director, Cornell Alliance for Science Plant scientist Dr. Sarah Evanega believes that the conversation on plant biotechnology will not change unless unlikely allies are brought together around shared goals. She discusses how the Cornell Alliance for Science program is working with global allies to promote access and choice in […]

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What Role Can Biotech Play in Addressing Food Security in Nigeria?

What Role Can Biotech Play in Addressing Food Security in Nigeria?

By: Modesta Nnedinso Abugu Program Assistant for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology-Nigeria Chapter and Fellow of Cornell University’s Alliance for Science Program Nigeria will be the world’s third most populous country by 2050, according to the United Nations’ (UN) projections for West Africa. As a Nigerian, I don’t know if this news should make […]

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Paving the Way for Innovation in Plant Science

Paving the Way for Innovation in Plant Science

A message from Howard Minigh and Markus Heldt CropLife International’s member companies continue to be committed to research and development for new crop protection and plant biotechnology products and technologies despite a challenging economic environment. As the world’s population increases, the industry has a responsibility to provide innovative choices and solutions to help farmers meet […]

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Overlooking Scientific Roots of Endocrine Disruption

Overlooking Scientific Roots of Endocrine Disruption

By Rainer von Mielecki vice president of Global Public & Government Affairs Crop Protection at BASF    “The policy has been hijacked by industry,” said Axel Singhofen, environment and health adviser for the Green Party European Free Alliance, in Newsweek. “They seem to have forgotten the scientific roots of the problem and are much more concerned […]

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