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Plants that fight back: WSU researchers combat parasitic worm

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 12:35 PM Comments comments ()

WSU researchers are working on a new, nature-based way to fight back against a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode, which causes significant losses to crops such grapes, onions, garlic and our $734 million potato industry. Read more.

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Russia uses 'information warfare' to portray GMOs negatively

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

Research from Iowa State University found that Russia is actively attempting to turn US public opinion against genetically modified organisms. Read more.

Bill Gates calls GMOs 'perfectly healthy' �?? and scientists say he's right

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments ()

Gates said that not only does he view genetically modified foods as "perfectly healthy," but that he sees them as a promising tool in a wider array of resources in the fight to reduce world hunger. Read more.

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GMO maize safer than non-GMO alternative, scientists conclude

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments ()

An Italian team of scientists, examining data from multiple studies performed over 20 years, has concluded that genetically engineering has increased yields and reduced toxins in maize, one of the world’s most important crops. Read more.

B.C. creator of non-browning Arctic apple plans 'aggressive expansion' after positive U.S. test run

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments ()

Washington State is expected to have more than 1,200 hectares of the non-browning apples planted by 2022. Read more.

Photo: The Canadian Press

How Stonyfield could have gotten it right

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments ()

Have you seen Stonyfield Farm's video ad featuring elementary-aged girls, alleging the dangers of GMOs? Find out why within hours hundreds of consumers, farmers and scientists condemned the brand for spreading misinformation and fearmongering and how Stonyfield could have gotten it right. Read more.

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From Non-GMO to gluten-free, 'fake transparency' in food labeling offers little but higher prices

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments ()

Labeling foods free from traits or ingredients they never had is more about marketing than transparency. Read more.

You ain't seen nothing yet in crop technologies

Posted on November 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments ()

Exciting new developments in the world of growing crops! Read more.

OSF to start first Arctic Apple commercial sales next week

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments ()

While some consumers will be suspicious of the genetically-modified fruit, OSF has the compelling argument that its fruit is preservative-free unlike so many sliced apples that are treated with chemical antioxidant calcium ascorbate. Read more.

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DuPont aiming to engage consumers on genetically edited crops

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 12:15 PM Comments comments ()

CRISPR technology can enable growers to use fewer pesticides and less water, and help improve nutrition and shelf life. Read more.