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The Canadian government recently approved the sale of genetically modified golden rice that’s fortified with Vitamin A. It’s an example of a GM food that directly benefits consumers. Josep Folta/Flickr

How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods

Why are consumers so reluctant to embrace genetically modified foods? A new study suggests agricultural biotech companies are failing to show consumers a personal benefit to buying GM foods.
Genetically engineered tobacco plants growing in a greenhouse. Paul South

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47 percent

As the climate changes and the population grows, meeting the demand for food will become more difficult as arable land declines. But an international team of scientists has figured out an innovative solution to dramatically bumping up crop yields.
The lighter citrus plants have been edited using CRISPR to alter the phytoene desaturase (PDS) gene which gives them a white color. Yi Li

These CRISPR-modified crops don’t count as GMOs

GMO crops have been rejected by many countries and consumers. Now, an international team of researchers are creating better crops using DNA editing--without inserting foreign genes into the plant.
Cassava makes up nearly 50 percent of the diet in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where populations are projected to increase by more than 120 percent in the next 30 years. CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Research shows how to grow more cassava, one of the world’s key food crops

Cassava is a key food source in tropical countries, but yields have been flat for decades. New genetic research is identifying many options for boosting production of this valuable staple crop.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’ International Rice Research Institute/Flickr

Moving beyond pro/con debates over genetically engineered crops

Advocates have argued for years about whether genetically engineered crops are safe to grow and eat. Plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald calls for a more nuanced discussion.
Genetically modified soybeans. Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

GM crops can benefit organic farmers too

Scientists are developing GM crops that don't need pesticides and other chemicals to help them grow. Isn't that what organic farmers want too?

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