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Science students develop mildew-resistant biotech hops
November 06, 2017
Biotech students are developing mildew-resistant biotech hops, with the hope that doing so will help revive New York's craft beer industry after it was derailed by mildew blight early in the 20th century.

Agricultural productivity needs to increase to feed the world: GAP Report
November 06, 2017
At current rates of productivity growth, by 2030, sub-Saharan Africa will meet only 8% of its food demand through productivity growth and South Asia will meet only 25% of its food demand through productivity growth.

Non-permanent RNA editing
November 06, 2017
MIT scientists have engineered a new molecular system for efficiently editing RNA in human cells. Unlike the permanent changes required for DNA editing with CRISPR/Cas9, RNA editing is a potentially reversible way to make corrections in the cell.

Natural insecticide created with spider venom and genetically modified yeast
November 06, 2017
Scientists have noticed the powerful punch some spider venoms pack, and have started looking to them for inspiration.

Meat label policy changed, a step closer to opening pork access to EU
November 06, 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made a change to its labeling rules for packers that moves the Canadian pork industry a step closer to benefitting from the Canada-European Union trade agreement.

The advent of 'green' cattle
November 06, 2017
Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of assessing the carbon footprint of cattle.

Could Video Gamers Make Our Food Supply Safer?
November 06, 2017
An effort to combat poisonous molds that contaminate crops is looking to tap the puzzle-solving skills of amateur gamers.

New research explains biochar's 'miraculous' properties
November 15, 2017
Improved understanding of biochar's properties could trigger more widespread commercialization of biochar fertilizers, reducing global dependence on inorganic nitrogen fertilizers

A biological approach to disease protection using bees and a natural agent
November 15, 2017
Bees can provide a helping hand to farmers with a new green technology to fight against major fungal diseases such as sunflower head rot and grey mould.

OFA encourages farmers to comment on Ontario’s draft soil health strategy
November 15, 2017
OMAFRA has released its draft of a provincial soil health strategy for the province and welcomes producers to provide feedback before Dec. 31.

Large U.S. farm study finds no firm cancer link to glyphosate
November 15, 2017
Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found there was no association between glyphosate, “and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) and its subtypes”.

Tire trash to cash in the Aussie Outback
November 15, 2017
Along the road westward out of Sydney and into the Never Never, there’s a town called Nevertire, not far from Gin Gin. Scrap tires never go to the landfill in Nevertire.

Common pesticides harming songbirds: Canadian study
November 15, 2017
Newly published research says two of Canada's most commonly used pesticides cause migrating songbirds to lose weight and their sense of direction.

DNA doesn’t lie: new technology authenticates food ingredients
November 15, 2017
Now that scientists can barcode and catalogue the unique DNA sequence of any living being, they’re putting the technology to the test to authenticate food products.

Ag and agri-food in Canada continues to grow: report
November 15, 2017
AAFC says in 2016 agriculture in Canada “maintained its position as a key driver of the Canadian economy, generating $111.9 billion of GDP.”