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As research objectives get more ambitious and cross species boundaries, plant scientists will need to coordinate their activities. "We're getting more like the physical sciences in the sense that we have to have bigger projects with enormous amounts of information," says Gutterson. "If you don't think about it ahead of time and create larger-scale interactions, you can't advance the science as effectively."
-St. Louis Post Dispatch
“It looked really good. We were in the 11th hour of negotiations,” Fiorello said. “Then the CEO called me one day and said ‘I’ve good news for us, but bad news for you. The governor of Virginia has this fund …’” Sure enough, Fiorello said, the company went to Virginia.
- From the Mom
Did you know that a child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related illnesses according to reports by the World Health Organization? On Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, the Danforth Center in St. Louis is hosting a community food packaging event to commemorate “World Food Day,” a global day to increase awareness, understanding and action to alleviate hunger.
- Sacramento Bee
"Besides being the first 100% national transgenic technology, there will be a very positive impact on a crop that is predominantly grown by small producers," said Oda, who is also a former president of CTNBio. "Benefits are many for both farmers and for the many millions of Brazilian consumers."
- The Citizen
“With the current global weather changes, which more often result in inadequate rainfall, cassava stands out as the right crop in most parts of the country. Improving production and productivity of the crop will, therefore, ensure food security and income to local and foreign farmers and the country,” said Prof Maghembe.
- Thomas Reuters, Alert Net
The most serious risk of hunger exists among farmers who fail to diversify from staple crops, such as kidney beans and sweet potatoes. The problem is worse when harvests fail due to unpredictable weather conditions. This is something that aid agency Tearfund is working with communities to address, through its local partner, Moucecore.
- EMBO reports
“GM crops are already contributing to increased yields, greater ease and predictability of crop management, a reduction in pesticide use and fewer post-harvest crop losses.”
The business magazine Fast Company reports on the good work that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing in supporting projects that use genetic modification to make stronger, hardier, and healthier versions of staple crops in the developing world.
We're also going to need to change the nature of agriculture in developed countries, in particular the use of inputs -- water, fertilizers, energy dependence and processes.
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