One reason for the likes of the anti-vaxxers movement is a misplaced faith in Mother Nature.
Cows at the University of California, Davis beef research facility. Photo credit:
Alison Van Eenennaam/ University of California, Davis
According to current regulations, animals that have been genetically edited, like pigs or cows, are considered drugs. What are the consequences of such rules on American livestock and agriculture?
Many parts of Africa suffer from food insecurity. Here, women and children wait to be registered before a food distribution.
Predictions suggest that Africa will suffer dramatic losses of crops and productive land as the climate warms. Perhaps adopting GM crops designed to tolerate stress can save the continent from famine.
Synthetic biology has the potential to change how we do agriculture – but will the public accept it?
Synthetic biology is highly promising – but if we don't get the regulation and engagement right, we risk alienating members of the public, and may even close doors for potentially fruitful research.
Peruvian potatoes and black corn.
Over half the calories humans eat today come from corn, wheat and rice. Raising a greater diversity of types of crops and animals (agrobiodiversity) makes diets healthier and farming more resilient.
Science and technology has always helped us feed the world. GM has more to offer, if we let it.
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Everything from domesticated carrots to glow-in-the-dark tobacco fits somewhere on the spectrum. 'Banning GM' isn't a simple yes-no decision.
Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department.
Andy / Andrew Fogg
Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.
A rush and a push and the land is ours …
Monsanto an other biotech companies got caught short in the 1990s. But since then, the GM argument has been moving in their direction.
GM: often assumed to be better.
The solutions presented by GM crops are rarely tested against the other options. Take a look at our philosophy of farming and it all starts to make sense.
Why are half of European Union members opting out of GMO crops? Hint: it's not about food and environmental safety.
It’s all about plastic bags these days.
Since the heyday of retail bans on products containing genetically modified ingredients 15 years ago, the tide has been heading in the other direction.
Cotton on the move in Burkina Faso.
The GM debate in the developing world encompasses countries with very different priorities. Through the shrill battle of interests, the real agents for change tend to be overlooked.
Golden rice: the greatest GM breakthrough we’ve never had.
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Over 20 years since GM crops reached the public consciousness, the industry has struggled to get off the ground. Had it played a better hand, it could all have been very different.
New EU rules on GM attempt to unblock logjam that has hung over the technology in the region for most of this century. To work, anti-GM member states and Big Biotech will need to cooperate.
World’s omega-3 shortage affects farmed salmon.
New research is looking at obtaining precious omega-3 from GM crops – just as the Scottish government announced a ban.
You know what you’re eating - but what about them?
European countries can stop growing genetically modified crops, but many of their cows are still fed with imported GM.
Vitamin A-enhanced GM Golden Rice has become a flashpoint for campaigners despite its health benefits.
MPs call for a revamp of GM regulations, after finding "no greater inherent risk" with GM crops compared to conventional ones.
Laboratory-based genetic modification is relatively new when you consider the centuries of selective breeding that precedes it.
Welcome to GM in Australia, a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective…
Canola fields: one of the battlegrounds of the debate over genetic modification.
In a landmark West Australian Supreme Court decision, a farmer growing a genetically modified canola crop has been spared the blame after his neighbour accused him of contaminating his organic farm next…