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An organic farmer walks into Monsanto

The biotechnology giant Monsanto says that it’s ‘improving agriculture, improving lives.’ Do you agree? Monsanto is a chemical company. Some of its efforts to improve agriculture involve agrochemicals and genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) seeds to be planted where … Continue reading

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Bt crops

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) does what its name says it will do. Among other things, it promotes genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops. On the other side of this heated debate, GM Watch … Continue reading

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Living With GMO Insect Control

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Corn Rootworm Larva Genetically modified crops to control insect pests have both advantages and disadvantages. The most commonly deployed insect control genes express proteins from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. The proteins specifically target…

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Wageningen researchers find yields from new crop varieties continue to increase

Originally posted on AgScience:
New varieties continue to yield more than their predecessors, according to research into varieties of winter wheat, spring barley, potatoes grown for starch and sugar beet which have been introduced in the Netherlands by plant breeding…

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Another GM maize may soon be grown in Europe

European farmers can grow two GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, GE) crops. Soon, they may get the choice of growing another. One of the GM crops approved for European cultivation is an insect-resistant maize (corn, Zea mays) called MON810. Its … Continue reading

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New strategy required for delaying insect resistance to Bt crops

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
Kenyan farmer Mary Ngare in her maize field damaged by stem borers © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA) Transgenic Bt crops have been grown around the world since the 1990s and have contributed to increased yields…

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GMO Corn Fails To Protect Fields From Pest Damage

Originally posted on Ann Novek( Luure)–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:
Researchers in the key corn-growing state of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically…

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