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Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

Did you know that cocoa plants (Theobroma cacao) around the world are being affected by viruses and fungi, to the point of killing whole crops? The CRISPR technique could make them resistant to these infections, saving cocoa crops, chocolate, and more than 50 million jobs generated by their industry!

Article by Laura Geggel, Livescience

Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

A cocoa pod in Ecuador infected with the fungus Moniliophthora roreri, which causes frosty pod. Credit: Shutterstock

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Vitamin A rice now a reality

Yes!
Finally Golden Rice will released. This version has the same yield than the regular variety used in the experiment and has the same resistance to plant diseases.

Vitamin A rice now a reality

Field trial shows high promise, people may get it by 2018

Field trial shows high promise, people may get it by 2018.

Bangladesh keeps leading the way, and proving the anti GMO movement wrong. Expect a lot of lies about GR as well, and insults and threats to their govt, and to Matia Chowdhury, the minister of agriculture.
Although this a publication of 2016, we hope that the rice will be release at the beginning of next year!

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The anti-GMO movement is infested with climate change deniers

Article by Stephan Neidenbach:
The anti-GMO movement is infested with climate change deniers

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Giving farmers the freedom to make choices

My good friend Jayson Merkley tells a story about change and how important it is that farmers are allowed to access biotechnology.

Giving farmers the freedom to make choices

Banana farmers sell their crop at a market in Uganda. Photo by Joan Conrow.

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More apple varieties!

I remember that some of the apples we got at the Cornell experimental station last year had similar problems: They were very sensitive to bruises.

Notice that other than the Arctic Apples all the other apples here have been obtained by traditional breeding.

This autumn’s apples mark the beginning of the designer fruit era

A Niedwetzkyana apple.

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Developing GMOs for development

I gave this talk a few months ago, here in San Francisco.

I tried to use some examples and arguments that I don’t see commonly used in debates, and to frame the issue in terms of actual risks and environmental impacts of things we do because we have no access to biotechnology, rather than focusing on the theoretical, never seen risks.

If you like it, please share. Thanks in advance for your time.

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Why I care about Biotechnology

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An excellent piece about glyphosate.

Article by Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam:

The “worried wealthy” and glyphosate

NeuroscienceNews.com image credited to Edvard Munch and Roland Roberts.

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The glyphosate scandal

Article by Matt Ridley:

The Glyphosate Scandal

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The superstition that opposes GM crops is deadly for the world’s hungry

Article by Chris Bullivant

The superstition that opposes GM crops is deadly for the world’s hungry

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