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Prof. Louise Fresco, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods.

Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines

Of the developing countries in Asia that grow GM crops, China, India and the Philippines have had the most extensive experience. They represent an unmatched wealth of experience of resource-poor farmers that can provide critical information.

Independent Scientist Kevin Folta on GM Food

Dr. Kevin Folta discusses GM food and provides his scientific opinion about the safety of the technology.

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.

Golden Rice: A Long-Running Story at the Watershed of the GM Debate

Dubock A, Executive Secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board, and Golden Rice Project Manager (2013), published in B4FA (Bioscences for Farming in Africa).

Are GM foods safe?

Kristie Swenson, a farmer from Trimont, Minnesota, tells us about the benefits of GMO foods and the use of biotechnology on the farm. 

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.

Feeding the World with Agricultural Biotechnology

For ag-biotech opponents, unfortunately it’s easier to spread fear over the safety of consuming GM food rather than attempt to present sound, scientific reasoning. And the reason is clear: They have no case to make, because GM food is safe to grow and eat. 

Prof. Diran Makinde, African Biosafety Network of Expertise

Not many African countries have a good regulatory framework, but even those who have, face challenges in dealing with this technology. Prof. Makinde explains the difficulties African regulators face and the potential of this technology for the continent.

GMOs in Italy: In 10 years, from 250 Research Projects on Field to 0

62% of Italians think that Italian scientists should have the same rights to do research on an equal footing with their peers from other countries. However, reality on the ground is different.

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.

International Science Organizations on Crop Biotechnology Safety

There is a worldwide scientific consensus on the safety of GM crops. Want to see what organisations and from which countries said so?

How Crops are Genetically Modified?

The infographic presents four main ways in which crops have been genetically modified by humans: traditional breeding, mutagenesis, RNA interference and transgenics.

How GM can Help Save your Favorite Foods

Advances in genetic modification offer some unique tools that can help increase food production despite these challenges.

Are GMOs Safe?

Genetically Modified Foods are rapidly entering our food chain, but many people have concerns about their safety. Dr Paul Willis investigates the science facts and myths behind this controversial topic on A Week in Science.

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.

Genetically Modifying Potatoes Produces 'Substantially Higher Yields'

Tom Feilden looks at the genetically modified potatoes developed by British scientists.

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.

Public Attitudes to Science - UK Survey

Public Attitudes to Science 2014 is the fifth in a series of studies looking at attitudes to science, scientists and science policy among the UK public. It shows that the UK public are as enthusiastic about science as they ever have been.

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.

Chestnut Project Small Stem Assay Timelapse

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

Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

Genetically engineered crops (mainly corn, cotton, and soybeans) were planted on 169 million acres in 2013 in the US. Their adoption has saved farmers time, reduced insecticide use, and enabled the use of less toxic herbicides.

''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.

Nature Biotech - 2013 Key Facts

175.2 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally in 2013. Here are key facts on transgenic crops in the form of graphics.

Food and You: A Guide To Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

New and innovative techniques will be required to improve the production and efficiency of the global agriculture sector to ensure an ample supply of healthy food.

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.

Bt Brinjal - Safer, Better & Affordable

The video captures the diverse views of experts, farmers and consumers on Bt brinjal in India, going through myths of science, safety, regulation and economics of Bt brinjal for the Indian society.