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AGRICULTURE

Farm Feelings and Farm Evidence

We need not be shy about expressing our ethical predilections in the realm of caring for animals but we should be cautious in presuming that those predilections are supported by science.

Contributors Examine Agricultural Biotech

In order to feed a growing, hungry world amidst a warming climate, we have to produce more food. Solutions to the problem of how to increase crop yields include both ecology-based farming and biotechnology approaches. But how do we define [...]

You Might Be Eating Clones

Cloned cows
Milk and meat from cloned animals could be in the U.S. food supply, and the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture can’t detect it, says an FDA official, despite a USDA “voluntary moratorium.” But products from cloned animals may have been in the food supply for a while.

Seeds of Discontent

Man selling seedsRecent reports indicate that Europeans seem to be moving towards acceptance of genetically modified foods, as long as they are properly labeled. Conflict surrounds discussions on GM crops, but there are many facets of the debate over these seeds.

Invest in Agricultural Science and Technology

The global food crisis is the result of many intersecting factors, and alleviating the current hardships and preventing future crises will require a multi-pronged slate of solutions, including additional investment in agricultural research to increase food production yields in a safe and transparent manner.

Storing Plant Seeds, Sequencing Plant Genomes

Two stories this week describe two different approaches to plant genetic resources. Tuesday, researchers from Washington University and Iowa State university announced a completed draft of the corn genome. The same day, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which will store seeds from around the world in the event of catastrophic loss, opened on a remote Norwegian island.