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Owen Paterson wants Roundup Ready crops in England

Helen Wallace at GeneWatch UK tells us that a committee within our UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA, headed by Owen Paterson), hopes to see Roundup Ready crops on English farms. Those are genetically modified (GM, genetically … Continue reading

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Comparison of agriculture in North America and Europe raises questions about the value of GM

Originally posted on AgScience:
Researchers led by Canterbury University Professor Jack Heinemann have announced further findings that challenge the benefits of genetic modification. This time their analysis deals with agricultural productivity. They report finding (see here) that the biotechnologies used…

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Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming

Originally posted on AGRICULTURE BLOG…..:
Farming Matters | 30.2 | June 2014 We are told of the great advances that have been made in ‘modern’ agriculture in the last 60 years. Yet there are more hungry and malnourished people on…

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TTIP: Syngenta calls for harmonized safety standards

John Atkin is the Chief Operating Officer at the chemical and biotech giant Syngenta. Here’s a report showing an interview with Mr Atkin, in which he tells us how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is great news. One … Continue reading

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The global food supply has a demand problem

argylesock says… Here are sensible words from Jonathan Foley. I decided not to link to this post, but to reblog it, because I simply want to say what Dr Foley says.

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Who’s the most hated company? Monsanto!

The chemical and biotechnology giant, Monsanto, calls itself ‘a sustainable agriculture company.’ If you want to know more of its viewpoint you can read its blog, Beyond the Rows. Not everybody thinks that Monsanto is all about sustainable agriculture. Do … 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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Looking at oil palm’s genome for keys to productivity

argylesock says… This is interesting science which could be enormous. The papers in the journal Nature are descriptive. They don’t offer a design for genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering). But the data published there opens that possibility for … Continue reading

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New rice in Tanzania to boost production

In Eastern and Southern Africa, people want rice to be more productive. People want the grain to store well, too, and people want it to taste good. Here’s some science about rice breeding to improve African productivity. The International Rice … Continue reading

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Research Breakthrough: Less Inputs = More Yields?!

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
“The food crisis can only be conquered with even greater intensification.” “A new ‘Green Revolution’ to match that of South-East Asia is needed to improve yields further.” “Organic farming is a cute idea,…

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