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A while back, I interviewed a plant geneticist who expressed extreme frustration over the measly funds that were available for research into biotechnology. The scientist’s own research was quite exciting in and of itself because of its potential to profoundly improve current agricultural problems across the world by improving yield, while reducing fertilizer overuse. Intrigued, I asked the scientist about possibilities of commercializing the plant varieties soon. In response, I was told… Read More

What I want to ask is this: Why aren’t there more people, beyond scientists and academics, talking about organically grown GMOs? These last few weeks have had me thinking a lot about how the terms used to describe our food — “organic,” “conventional,” and genetically modified” — which only serve to confuse and distract from greater issues at hand. The greater issues (in a nutshell): Agricultural and food scientists are given a heavy… Read More

To feed a crowded planet and avoid further loss of species, Nina Fedoroff, professor of biology at Penn State University and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), argues for more focus on biotechnology and controlled environment agriculture. “Time is not on our side,” she said in a keynote address at a research reports and retreat in Tucson, Ariz., hosted Aug. 19 by The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. Thomas… Read More