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Genetic Tinkering can be a Lifesaver

The London Free Press - The man widely credited with helping start the movement against genetically modified foods, only to become the planet's most vocal GM food proponent, says it may be the best hope for a world struggling to feed itself.

ABCA Launches Agbiotech Guide

The Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) launched The Official Australian Reference Guide to Agricultural Biotechnology and GM Crops in Canberra at the 14th Annual Science Meets Parliament.

Biotech Crop Countries 1996-2012

This video summarizes the countries that adopted biotech crops since its first commercialization in 1996 to 2012.

Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology

This paper argues that emerging trends of transgenic crops show significant societal benefits through positive economic impact (especially by raising farm incomes), fostering food security, and promoting environment sustainability.

Campaign against Greenpeace

Greenpeace’s opposition to genetically modified “golden rice” could cost lives, says Patrick Moore, former member and co-founder of Greenpeace.

A Guide to Understanding Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

Foods produced using biotechnology that are currently available are safe for people and our planet, and in some cases the technology may be used to improve safety.

God Made vs GMO Food

What's the difference between god-made food and man-made food? More than you think!

Helping farmers adapt to climate change

Climate change will entail more weather extremes, and strongly affect many farmers across the globe. Drought-tolerant crop varieties derived from modern breeding programmes are becoming more and more widely available in countries where farmers are allowed to grow them.

Prof. Luis Herrera-Estrella, National Laboratory for Genomics, Mexico

Opposition to technology is not based on real arguments, and those convening such misleading information should be aware of the consequences of their action.

FFA2014: The environment in EU policies

Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment, pleads for giving people the right to choose on grounds of a clear understanding of biotech in agriculture and its environmental benefits. Listen to the FFA video: [54:30-59:30; 01:09:30-01:16:03]

Virus Resistant Papaya in Hawaii

In Hawaii, the genetically modified papaya has been cultivated since 1998 to deal with the papaya ringspot virus. Its adoption rescued the Hawaiian papaya industry and inspired many other countries to look for a similar solution to deal with plant viruses.

GMOrganic, a Botanical Love Story

It seems like their professions put them on opposing sides of agriculture, but UC Davis Professor Pamela Ronald and her husband, Organic Farmer Raoul Adamchak, share a vision: they believe genetic engineering is a tool to make farming more sustainable.

''How an Environmentalist Changed his Mind about GM''

Transgenic crops are green: ''How an environmentalist changed his mind about biotechnology" was the sixth lecture of the International Seminar "Transgenic Crops: Reality and Controversy" held in Chile in 2014, by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Les OGM sont incontournables pour nous, les agriculteurs

GMOs are essential for us farmers

Claude Menara, farmer Lot-et-Garonne, claims the right to plant GM corn.

GM Science Update: A Report to the UK Council for Science and Technology

This paper considers the recent developments in the science of GM crops since the Royal Society published its report ‘Reaping the Benefits – Sustainable Intensification of Global Agriculture’ in 2009.

Making Sense of GM

Sense about Science: In the guide scientists and agriculturalists explain what is the genetic modification of plants and why scientists are doing it, putting GM into the context of developing plant breeding. More here

EASAC: Planting the Future

Agriculture faces major challenges to deliver food security at a time of increasing pressures. The new EU legislation requiring farmers to reduce reliance on crop protection chemicals creates additional challenges for maintaining levels of crop productivity.

The Challenge of Studying 'Risk' in Empirical Research

This article describes the challenges of a recent study that looked at how different actors, ranging from smallholder farmers to international biotechnology development projects, weigh up the risks associated with the uncertain future of maize agriculture in Kenya.

More GM Crops Means more Nature Reserves

Owen Paterson has said that using GM will make use of  farm land and “free up space for biodiversity, nature and wilderness”.

BBC Interview with Johnathan Napier

Johnathan Napier appeared on the Today (c. 53 mins) programme to discuss the new trials. He discussed the need and benefits of the technology, and highlighted that a dialogue between researchers and the public is key.

Princess Anne, United Kingdom

Princess Anne explaines why she supports genetically modified crops - despite her brother Prince Charles being an outspoken opponent of them.

Chestnut Project Small Stem Assay Timelapse

Can #biotechnology save the mighty American Chestnut Tree from blight? First stages seem to show success!

Innovation for Sustainable Intensification in Africa

Innovation is at the heart of sustainable intensification, helping African smallholder farmers produce more with less impact on the environment while also improving agriculture’s sustainability.  Food production remains well below its potential in Africa.