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A GM potato for Europe?

Here in the European Union (EU), farmers were allowed to grow two crops that had been genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE, biotech). Now they’re only allowed to grow one of them. In July this year I said that whether … Continue reading

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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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The repentant environmentalist in his own words

In January this year, here in Britain, author and activist Mark Lynas made a speech to our National Farmers Union (NFU). He caused quite a stir. He said that he wanted ‘to put science back at the centre of the … Continue reading

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5,000 years ago, before the domestication of rice, ancient Chinese got starch from palms…

Originally posted on anthropogen:
From Science World Report: China wasn’t known for its agriculture until domesticated rice was introduced. Yet now, archaeologists have made an intriguing find. They’ve discovered that people in subtropical China may have practiced agriculture 5,000 years…

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