food
GMO Labels Actually Make People Less Afraid of GMOs, Study Finds

A new study seems to provide an interesting wrinkle in the debate over whether foods containing genetically engineered ingredients (otherwise known as either GE or GMO foods) should be labelled as such. It turns out that people living in Vermont, US actually became less distrustful of GMOs following a temporary state law that mandated a simple labelling system, especially when compared to people living in the rest of the country, according to a paper published Wednesday in Science Advances. Read More >>

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If Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Freaked You Out, You Won’t Like What’s Coming

Over the past few years, as people have been freaking out about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the company behind those mosquitoes has been quietly toiling away on another project. This week, British biotech company Oxitec announced plans for field trials of a genetically modified Mediterranean fruit fly in Western Australia. The so-called Medfly is a devastating agricultural pest, and by engineering it to produce offspring that cannot survive, Oxitec hopes to cull its numbers. Read More >>

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The Real Reason People Are Still So Confused About Genetically Modified Crops

Amid the clamour over genetically modified crops, there’s an underlying point that’s still being missed: nobody really knows what constitutes a genetically modified crop. Read More >>

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These Three New GM Crops Will Change How We Farm

Three of the world’s most troubling crop diseases were just hit with three new disease-resistant crops varieties, thanks to genetic modification—each with a slightly different mechanism. The details of these modifications appear in three new papers out today in Nature Biotechnology. Read More >>

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Why the US Government Says it Doesn’t Need to Regulate This Mutant Mushroom

A mushroom that’s resistant to browning has become the first CRISPR-edited food to get green lit by the US government. Here’s how this mutated fungus managed to escape Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversight — and why this agency needs to upgrade its regulatory guidelines. Read More >>

environment
Corn Grown in Space Caves Could be the Future of Farming

A new discovery could take corn farming to perhaps the last place you'd expect to see it: in underground mines and caves. Perhaps, eventually, even to other planets. It sounds like science fiction, but it's real, and it could drastically change the future of food production as we know it. Read More >>