The need to develop a fair regulatory framework for crop biotechnology — especially new gene editing techniques — was an important take-away from the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO), which just ended in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Canceling the Paris deal is a classic post-truth policy. Based on the outright denial of overwhelming scientific reality — and telegraphed in suspense-building gameshow style this week via Twitter and conflicting media teasers — it is Trump at his most callous, ignorant and attention-seeking.
The cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops has hit a new global peak, resulting in significant economic and environmental benefits, according to a report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA). Nearly 90 percent of the crops were grown by small-holder farmers, and developing nations planted 56 percent of the total.
A video montage of international March for Science events portrays the budding of a global pro-science movement.
The March for Science was not only the first time that scientists took to the streets to defend the most basic values — evidence and truth — but it was the first outing for what is fast becoming a new phenomenon: a global pro-science movement.
As an official partner of the March for Science, the Cornell Alliance for Science mobilized its global network to help turn the historic April 22 action into an international affair. The Alliance’s Global Leadership Fellows and science allies organized and joined events in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Bangladesh, Mexico, the Philippines, Hawaii, London, New Mexico, Washington, D.C and elsewhere.
The Philippine March for Science, Environment and the People began with an energizing Zumba session and included calls for the responsible use of biotechnology to increase agricultural productivity attain food security.
The April 22 March for Science is gaining traction around the world, including Bangladesh.
Scientific innovations, including crop biotechnology, are helping us meet the challenge of feeding a growing population while addressing five major agricultural problems: nitrogen, topsoil, land conservation, pesticides and thirsty plants.