High-starch low-methane-emission rice

Rice, being the world’s second most important grain crop, is also one of the largest sources of methane emissions. Aiming at reducing the greenhouse effect and offering more food to the world, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has engineered a rice capable of producing a strong yield in an ecologically friendlier manner.

VIDEO: Meet the GMO that could feed one billion people: C4 rice

C4 rice ( is a genetically modified crop projected to save one billion people by 2025. It'll give us up to 50% more rice "for free" - much more rice will be grown, for the people who most need it, without any extra resources being used up.

The effect of Europe's GMO stance on developing world

"Europe has a role in producing technological advance for the developing world, which is beyond profit, it's about our duty", says MEP Julie Girling. Putting an end to research in Europe will 'slow down” Africa's ability to feed itself. Europe, she says, is being selfish.

Patrick Moore, PhD Ecologist, Allow Golden Rice Now, Canada

Find out how Golden Rice could save the lives of millions of children who die from vitamin A deficiency each year by introducing the recommended intake of beta-carotene in their daily diet.


Plant biotechnology is used to fight against the Cassava Brown Streak Disease that can lead to a 50 percent drop in production. The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit international alliance which aims to fill gaps in cassava research and development in order to unlock its potentials. Learn more.

Bill Gates: Can GMOs end hunger in Africa?

In the video Bill Gates argues that while there is still some improvement possible with conventional breeding, in the long term the GMO derived seeds will provide far better productivity as well as drought and salinity tolerance for plants cultivated in Africa. He believes the African countries will be among the biggest beneficiary of this technology.

Food: How Europe's Choices Affect Others

Do you have enough food to eat every day? And water to cook, shower and even water your flowers? You know that every choice you make has an effect on others around the world - but how much do you know about the effects of putting food on your plate?

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Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015

How genetic engineering can fight disease, reduce insecticide use and enhance food security exaplained by Pamela Ronald, a plant geneticist, whose husband organic farmer!

Bill, Melinda Gates advocate GMOs to a Brussels audience

On 22 January, Bill and Melinda Gates spoke to a Brussels audience, which didn’t appear shocked by their endorsement of GMO crops.

Golden Rice

Golden rice is a genetically modified rice that helps fight vitamin A deficiency, which kills 6,000 children a day. Learn more about the Golden Rice Project and the European campaign Allow Golden Rice Now!

The Story of Bt Brinjal in India

The video documents the process of development, deregulation, demand and debate on Bt brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) in India.

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“GMOs offer potential of increased agricultural productivity, improved nutritional values that can contribute directly to enhancing human health and development.”
World Health Organisation, 2005

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    When you hear the phrase “GMO food,” what pops into your head? If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t like the thought, and have decided that GMOs are bad.  In reality GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are the reason we are able to support the population the earth has today.

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    Among the greatest challenges facing mankind is the provision of sufficient healthy and nutritious food for an ever growing population. It is a stain on humanity that one out of every nine people on our planet go to sleep hungry. Technical innovation presents a real opportunity to both improve productivity and protect the environment.

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