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B4FA Week in Review – 9 December 2014

December 9th, 2014

It’s been a week of debate in the world of GM food. On Wednesday, 3 December, Intelligence Squared hosted a livestreamed debate – asking whether we should be growing genetically modified foods. Robert Fraley from Monsanto and Alison Van Eenennaam of UC Davis argued the positive, and Margaret Mellon, formerly of …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 December 2014

December 2nd, 2014

There’s a bumper crop of biotech-related stories from around the world this week! Researchers in Japan have made a breakthrough in their effort to engineer potatoes that do not produce the toxic compounds solanine and chaconine. In Mauritius, an experimental wheat cultivation project enters a new phase, while in Kenya, lawmakers are calling …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 November 2014

November 25th, 2014

This week, ministers and officials from all over the world convened in Rome at the Second Annual Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), organized by the FAO and WHO. The resulting Declaration on Nutrition and Framework for Action promises to combat malnutrition through policy and action – including the development of more sustainable food systems and nutrition-enhancing …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 November 2014

November 18th, 2014

This week, rice geneticist Pam Ronald — who developed flood-tolerant rice (and who is also married to an organic farmer) — says it’s time to stop demonizing GMO technology and instead figure out how appropriate use might enhance agricultural sustainability. In the United States, the USDA has approved a genetically modified potato – engineered …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 November 2014

November 11th, 2014

In this week’s world bioscience news, a meta-study published this week in PLOS ONE processed data from 147 studies and found that the average agronomic and economic benefits of GM crops are large and significant. Stories from both the Economist and Genetic Literacy Project this week take a look at …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 November 2014

November 4th, 2014

There’s a lot going on in Nigeria this week! B4FA Fellow Magdalene Ukuedojor sends in two reports from the recent National Agricultural Show held there, including a piece on women farmers advocating for grants, capacity-building programmes, and infrastructural support. Meanwhile, Jimoh Babatunde reports on the ongoing debate around biosafety law from the National Assembly. …

B4FA Week in Review – 28 October 2014

October 28th, 2014

In global bioscience news, Indian plant breeder Sanjaya Rajaram has won the World Food Prize in honour of his contribution to protecting global food supply, in particular breeding hundreds of varieties of nutritious and climate-adapted wheat. B4FA Fellow Charles Benoni Okine also submits a piece on the subject. Other articles of particular interest this week include a new online …

B4FA Week in Review – 21 October 2014

October 21st, 2014

In world news this week, European Parliament is considering overturning a ban on the cultivation of GM crops. Depending which way the debate goes, writes Mark Lynas in the UK Guardian, this may herald the end of crop biotech in Europe. We’ve also included a fascinating profile on BB Singh, …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 October 2014

October 14th, 2014

This week in global bioscience, the New Scientist considers the potential benefits and pitfalls of boosting photosynthesis in plants, China launches a media campaign to promote GM crops, and more. We’re also featuring an interesting article on Participatory Plant Breeding – part of a longer series on food sovereignty in Africa …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 October 2014

October 8th, 2014

This week, we’re featuring a research review that assesses the performance of feeding genetically engineered crops to more than 100 billion animals – and finds them safe. Then there’s the new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that says Africa must embrace agricultural innovation …

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