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Fall armyworm invasion spreads to Ghana

Friday, May 19, 2017

African nations mobilize task forces and spray pesticides as they struggle to control the invasive fall armyworm, which is devastating maize, cocoa and cowpea crops grown by small-holder farmers.

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GMO mustard in India nears approval

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Public sector researchers in India are seeking support for the approval of genetically engineered, disease-resistant oilseed mustard, which could boost yields and incomes for local farmers while reducing imports.

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Shadows and mirrors: GMOs in China

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The GMO debate in China has been as fractious and polarizing as anywhere, dominated by fear and conspiracy theories that flourish in spite of the state-controlled media.

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Ghana suspends trials of GMO cotton

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ghana has suspended its field trials of Bt cotton after losing private funding, prompting farmers to ask the government to step in and fund completion of the research.

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Diamondback moth field trials pending

Monday, May 8, 2017

Comments are being accepted through May 19 on a plan to conduct  open field tests of a self-limiting, genetically engineered diamondback moth that could help farmers control the destructive agricultural pest without the use of insecticides. The process affects only diamondback moths, and unlike pesticide applications, would leave beneficial insects unharmed.

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Biotech (GMO) crop cultivation hits new peak

Friday, May 5, 2017

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.

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Nigeria: Fostering better relationships

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Speakers at Nigeria's March for Science emphasized need to improve relations between the scientific community and the public, trust scientific principles and embrace biotechnology to improve the nation's food security.

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Kenya marches

Thursday, April 27, 2017

About 1,000 scientists, students and science supporters joined three March for Science events in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega.

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Science Unites

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A video montage of international March for Science events portrays the budding of a global pro-science movement.

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Launching a global pro-science movement

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

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Hawaii: A march for humanity

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As Alliance Fellow Joni Kamiya learned at the Hawaii March for Science, the more we focus on collaboration, the better we can sustain our communities for all of humanity.

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Uganda marches for science in style

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Students, scientists, farmers, civil society organizations and media houses joined the Uganda March for Science to celebrate the role science has played in addressing critical development challenges, such as HIV/ AIDs, malnutrition and poverty, and remind policy makers of the importance of science in guiding long-term decision-making.

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Nigeria’s March for Science was more than a march

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More than 400 people joined the Nigeria March for Science, seeking a change for the better, with science at the forefront, and issuing a jubilant call for increased scientific awareness.

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Philippine march emphasized science-based solutions to nation’s problems

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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.

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Science without borders: Mexico marched for science

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An estimated 5,000 people turned out to March for Science in Mexico City and numerous Mexican states, calling for evidence-based decision making and more financial support for the nation's public universities and scientific research institutions.

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Ghana "Marches” for Science

Monday, April 24, 2017

More than 100 people gathered on April 22 at the Afia Village in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate Earth Day and join in the global March for Science campaign with teach-ins focusing on what can be done to preserve the environment, the need for science to be at the forefront of national development and ways to encourage more women to venture into science and technology.

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Malawi progresses in GM crop trials

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bolstered by a solid and functional biosafety framework, Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa poised to move forward in commercializing genetically modified crops, with cotton, cowpea and banana now in field trials.

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March for Science Bangladesh

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The April 22 March for Science is gaining traction around the world, including Bangladesh.

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Why vegans must March for Science

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Much of the vegan case for animal justice relies on science. Science presents opportunities for solutions. We promote scientific advancement that helps human and non-human animals. That’s why we’ll be marching.

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Scientific innovations solving agricultural problems

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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.

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Shopping for some honesty: sorting out non-GMO claims

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Non-GMO Project is sowing doubts about the safety of GM products to increase sales of its verified products.  It should not be allowed to make those false statements.  In addition, with its unscientific perspective on GMOs, the Non-GMO Project seal should not become the default national marketplace standard for non-GMO product verification. The federal government needs to establish a national definition of “non-GMO” and oversee how that term is used. 

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March for Science goes international

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Cornell Alliance for Science global network is planning to join the March for Science in key international locales on April 22, as well as Washington, D.C., and its home base of Ithaca, NY. Science allies are organizing marches in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, London and other places.

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Panelists discuss role of GMO crops in Africa's food security goals

Friday, April 7, 2017

Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellow Modesta Nnedinso Abugu joins an international panel to discuss the role of biotechnology in meeting food security needs in Africa, especially her home country of Nigeria.

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GMO banana offers hope for disease and pest resistance

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Research shows transgenic (GMO) bananas are successfully resisting nematodes and a wilting disease that are devastating production across the globe and contributing to economic hardship and food insecurity among small-holders in Africa.

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Fixing the Nitrogen Problem

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Borlaug’s dream is being realized

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Revolutionary social media event explores synthetic biology and being human

Monday, March 27, 2017

An online symposium will delve into the impacts and implications of synthetic biology and other emerging technologies while answering the question: In a world of revolutionary technologies, what does it mean to be human?

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Making sense of science in daily life

Friday, March 24, 2017

Luis Ventura-Martinez shares the challenges and dreams of some Latin American scientists and educators working on science education and biotechnology.

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A bipartisan way forward on future biotech products

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New recommendations for regulating future biotechnology products deserve bi-partisan support.

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Breeding better beans with biotechnology

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pamela Paparu explains her PEARL research to produce a root rot-resistant variety of the common beans that are an important subsistence crop in East Africa, and shares her experiences as a woman engaged in science in Uganda.

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I've got the gene for you! The science behind making parasite-resistant cattle

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

As African farmers suffer financial hardship from crop losses caused by climate change, scientists seek to reduce poverty through a genetic solution to sleeping sickness in cattle.

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New hope for GMO eggplant in the Philippines

Friday, March 10, 2017

Though agricultural biotechnology has suffered some legal setbacks in the Philippines, the regulatory process is now moving forward, and commercialization of the pest-resistant Bt talong (also known as brinjal, or eggplant) seems likely.

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GM BXW-resistant bananas start their journey to the farmer

Monday, March 6, 2017

GMO maize for Tanzania’s drought-stricken farmers

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tanzania conducts its first-ever GMO field trial of a drought-tolerant maize that could help small-holder farmers successfully grow a crop, even when the rains don’t cooperate.

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Rejecting biotech could endanger world food supply

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Biotech crops are contributing to global food security and environmental sustainability in Southeast Asia, and rejecting them could hamper efforts to feed the world's growing population, according to agricultural experts at a conference in Indonesia.

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Ghana’s pro-science voices are rising

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Science advocates are finding their voices in Ghana, marking a new dawn in a conservative society that is slow to change and signalling a profound shift in the conversation about GMO food crops.

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Visiting Tanzania’s first-ever GMO crop trial

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tanzania’s first-ever GMO field trial could hold hope for drought-stricken small-holder farmers in Tanzania. But first it must go through a strict testing and regulatory process. Mark Lynas and Hannah Smith Walker visited the confined field trial to capture this behind-the-scenes account of public interest science as it unfolds in sub-Saharan Africa.

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AAAS amplifies call for scientists to speak up

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Researchers gathered for the annual American Academy for the Advacement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston this past weekend were urged to share their work with the public and stand up for free and independent scientific pursuits.

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Game Changers

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meet the 2016 Cornell Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows as they discuss their commitment to help farmers and end world hunger through the tools of biotechnology.

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Championing Innovation on Ghanian Farms

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ghana is a developing nation full of promise and a reputation to uphold as “The Gateway to Africa.” In this new Alliance for Science video,

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Drought-tolerant maize shows promise in Tanzania

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tanzania's first-ever GMO crop — a field trial of drought-tolerant maize intended to benefit small-scale farmers suffering the effects of climate change — is proceeding well...

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Love letters from science

Monday, February 13, 2017

In honor of Valentine's Day, we share some love letters that science could have penned.

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Marching for science and democracy!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Cornell Alliance for Science supports and endorses the March for Science, due to take place on April 22, 2017 in Washington D.C. and other locations around the world. We will be marching, and we hope you will, too.

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Cassava is RIPE for yield increases

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Scientists with the RIPE project are tweaking the process of photosynthesis and researching other ways to boost yields of cassava, a crucial crop that is grown primarily by small-holder farmers and feeds some 800 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America 

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Sub-Saharan Africa launches first "early generation" seed entity

Monday, January 30, 2017

A new partnership funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will lead to the creation of an entity that can produce high quality early generation seeds for Sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to boost crop yields and income for small holder farmers and improve food security in the region.

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Chilling implications of immigrant ban

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Alliance for Science joins its host institution, Cornell University, and others around the globe in calling upon US President Donald Trump to reverse his executive order imposing a 90-day ban on entry to the United States from seven mainly Muslim countries and a total ban on refugees from Syria.

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The truth of GMO will prevail

Friday, January 20, 2017

Seeing is believing, as Faruk, a rental car employee in Bangladesh, discovered in growing his first crop of pest-resistant Bt brinjal.

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US biotech regulatory activities to watch for in 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Agricultural biotechnology experienced a number of significant developments in the United States last year. Now 2017 promises to usher in even more policy updates that will be important in determining the future path for products made with various modern biotechnologies.

 

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Open letter to Ghana's president: Support biotech

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Biotechnology can help Ghana improve its agricultural productivity, achieve food security and reduce childhood malnutrition, say members of Alliance for Science Ghana in an open letter to their president.

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Nigeria’s 2017 prospects for biotechnology

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Going forward in 2017, the biotechnology sector is poised to explore the wealth of opportunities available in Nigeria. The emphasis will be on concluding research and field trials of the Maruca-resistant Bt cowpea and insect-resistant Bt cotton, with the goal of facilitating the commercialization of these crops in 2018.

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US commits to science-based framework for regulating GMOs

Friday, January 13, 2017

In an effort to reassure both businesses and a skeptical public, the federal government has released a coordinated framework for regulating biotechnology products that it says will be based on the best available science.

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Hawaii GMO Papaya: Real Solutions, Real Lives

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

As the anti-GMO movement divides rural communities in Hawaii, farmers growing papayas genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus have been caught in the middle.

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Ghana’s bold bet on biosafety

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ghana's National Biosafety Authority this month issued guidelines for the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a landmark step for modern biotechnology in the country.

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Hawaii joins Alliance for Science global network

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hawaii has become the newest member of the Cornell Alliance for Science global network.

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Public sector researchers defend science at UN biodiversity meeting in Cancun

Monday, December 5, 2016

Public sector scientists from around the world are descending on Cancun, Mexico, this week in preparation for a fortnight-long battle to defend the frontiers of biotech research.

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Repositioning cowpea as the food security crop for Nigeria

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A personal story about the author's first visit to a Bt Cowpea Farm in Nigeria. Bt Cowpea is expected to be the first commercialized genetically modified crop in Nigeria. 

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Tweaking photosynthesis to boost crop yield

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

While genetically modified crops have achieved significant environmental benefits, decreased insecticide use and boosted profits for farmers in adopting countries, critics counter that they have failed to deliver on promises of increasing yield.

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Access to Innovation, Access to a Brighter Future

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As a direct product of the African diaspora, I have had what I believed to be thorough exposure to African culture, cuisine and history. 

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Global Leadership Fellows share passion to improve the planet

Thursday, November 17, 2016

With words of encouragement and a strong sense of comaraderie, the Cornell Alliance for Science graduated its 2016 cohort of Global Leadership Fellows on the evening of Nov. 15.

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Chile’s biosafety law: 10 years of stagnation

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chile is currently the fifth largest seed producer worldwide, and the first in the production of genetically modified (GM) seeds in the southern hemisphere.

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Fueled with the spirits of suffrage

Monday, November 7, 2016

In 2017, we may celebrate the inauguration of the first woman president. In my progressive home state of New York, we will also celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote.  In the US as a nation, we will celebrate that milestone in 2020.

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Genetically modified crops and the exaggeration of “interest conflict”

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A very common criticism against genetically modified (GM) crops, whenever they are mentioned, is to automatically associate them with a certain group of big companies...

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Do conflicts of interest negate scientific consensus on GMO safety?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

In denying the existence of a scientific consensus about the safety of crop genetic engineering, anti-GMO activists often reject the weight of published scientific literature because, they claim, a large number of studies are compromised by industry conflicts of interest. 

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Philippines field research shows no negative impacts from Bt eggplant on non-target arthropods

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The first-ever field level study of the effects of insect-resistant genetically modified Bt eggplants on non-target arthropod species, carried out in the Philippines by researchers

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Ghana’s vanishing lands

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The problem of sea level rise has been persistent in many parts of coastal Ghana for decades. Various communities including my hometown – Keta, in the Volta Region of Ghana – have been devastated

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Evaluating GMO crops and pesticide use

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Released new findings that show the widespread adoption of GMO crops by American farmers has resulted in a decreased use of insecticides, but an uptick in the application of herbicides.

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Major UN report endorses "climate-smart" biotech crops

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A major new report from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today outlines the importance of improved crops and biotechnology in reducing poverty and addressing the climate change challenge faced by the world's 750 million smallholder farmers.

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Mark Lynas on climate change and GMOs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Too many people make very wide assertions about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) crops. British author and environmental campaigner Mark Lynas thought things must be looked at case by case basis.

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Tanzania plants its first GMO research crop

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tanzania planted its first genetically modified maize research trials today under an initiative that is building a new model for advancing agricultural innovation through public-private partnerships.

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Banning GMOs in N.Y. school lunches carries a price

Friday, September 30, 2016

The purpose here is to put a price tag on the New York PTA proposal to go GMO-free in the State school meals programs, claiming health and environmental benefits. 

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Biotech in Europe: An insider’s view

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Most Alliance for Science members are familiar with the work that NGOs and universities do to advance the responsible use of biotechnology in agriculture. What many biotech enthusiasts may not realize

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New scientific paper proposes 'paradigm shift' in sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rockstrom and colleagues argue for something much more profound, which they term a "paradigm shift" aimed at "repositioning world agriculture from its current role as the world’s single largest driver of global environmental change, to becoming a key contributor of a global transition to a sustainable world within a safe operating space on Earth".

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WEMA puts World Water Week goals into practice

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As global leaders focus on sustainability during the annual World Water Week convention in Stockholm, researchers are finding ways to make farming less risky in drought-prone sub-Saharan Africa.

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Jayne Raper's research to make disease resistant cattle in Africa

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

As African farmers suffer financial hardship from crop losses caused by climate change, scientists seek to reduce poverty through a genetic solution to sleeping sickness in cattle.

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Modesta Nnedinso Abugu: Update

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

With the 2016 cohort of Global Leadership Fellows poised to convene, we took this opportunity to catch up with 2015 Fellow Modesta Nnedinso. 

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Grassroots training in Nigeria creates GMO science advocates

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Some 105 Nigerians gained a newfound appreciation and enthusiasm for agricultural biotechnology after attending an Aug. 17-18 grassroots training session in that nation.

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Caixia Gao: Crop engineer in China

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Plant biologist Caixia Gao was initially reluctant to take up gene editing using CRISPR–Cas9 — the technique that is sweeping through biology laboratories around the world. Her lab had already made mutations in 82 genes using an older technology,

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Pioneer Salmon Video

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Though vilified by anti-GMO activists as dangerous, no human food has been more carefully scrutinized than the AquAdvantage® Salmon.

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Philippines Supreme Court reverses GMO ruling

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Philippines Supreme Court has reversed its decision to halt field trials of GMO talong, also known as brinjal and eggplant. 

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Silver lining in GMO labeling law

Friday, July 22, 2016

As a scientist, I'm not much for gazing into crystal balls. But now that President Obama has signed the GMO labeling bill...

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AquaBounty: GMO pioneer

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The fast-growing AquAdvantage® Salmon is the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

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Bt eggplant close to 100% effective in controlling pests, shows new paper

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The genetically modified eggplant known as 'Bt brinjal' is between 95-100% effective in controlling infestation by the most serious insect pest in Asia, 

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Fund a Fellow Video

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Emotionally charged rhetoric influences far too many important scientific debates. It’s time for a change, and YOU can help the Cornell Alliance for Science reframe these key discussions.

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Farmers discuss obstacles to innovation in India

Friday, June 10, 2016

Currently, Indian farmers can access just one seed technology: Bt cotton. Agricultural leaders in India, like G.S. Mann and G. Sidhu, question why they can't use technologies available in the West.

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Alison Van Eenennaam: Confirming GE Safety

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The NAS report summarizes the data from our 20-year experience with genetically engineered crops. It looked at the many hundreds of animal feeding studies that have been conducted in both rodents and livestock.

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Talking about GMO crops in Uganda: My experience

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We, the Alliance for Science Uganda Global Leadership fellows, wanted to take the genetic engineering (GE) conversation to the actual beneficiaries—the farmers. First, we wanted to explain what this monster called GE is and later relate to them what kind of GE research is taking place at research institutions in Uganda. With loads of optimism and youthful energy we headed out to Masaka.

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Farmers' Perspectives: Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bangladeshi farmers discuss their success growing Bt brinjal, a new variety of genetically modified eggplant that is resistant to the fruit and shoot borer pest.

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Alison Van Eenennaam: GMO Feed Safe for Animals Video

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

About 95 percent of all U.S. livestock eat GMO feed. This GMO feed, and the animals that consume it, are safe, says Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam,

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Ron Sass: Life is easier with GMO corn and soybeans video

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ron Sass, a corn and soybean farmer from northeast Iowa, discusses how agricultural biotechnology has helped his family farm, and how it would benefit farmers in the developing world.

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Rose Gidado: Status of Agricultural Biotechnology in Nigeria

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dr. Rose Gidado, Assistant Director of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, discusses the status of cassava and cowpea in Nigeria.

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The Diamondback Moth: Pest Control Without Pesticide

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tony Shelton discusses how the Oxitec Diamondback Moth could provide an innovative GMO solution to sustainable pest control—without the use of insecticide

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GMO safety debate is over

Monday, May 23, 2016

The GMO debate is over — again. Last week, the prestigious National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine issued what is probably the most far-reaching report ever produced by the scientific community on genetically engineered food and crops.

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A Nigerian perspective: GMO crops can reduce climate change impacts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Biotechnology can contribute positively by mitigating the impact of climate change in agriculture through greenhouse gas reduction, crops adaptation and increase in yield using less land. As a matter of fact, agricultural biotechnology can provide solutions which include tissue culture, conventional breeding, molecular marker-assisted breeding and genetic engineering. 

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Climate Outlook - Dr. Chip H Fletcher Video

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dr. Chip H Fletcher talks about climate change's impact on Hawaii and the world.

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Aligned with the National Academy of Sciences GE Crop Study

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are GMOs safe — for humans and the environment? Have they boosted agricultural production, improved people's lives? Have they reduced pesticide use? Given rise to “super weeds”? What does the future hold? GE Crop Study report delves into all the contentious questions swirling around GMOs — questions that anyone engaged in biotech encounters every day.

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Biotech and Food Security in Africa — Chiedozie Egesi

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chiedozie Egesi discusses the importance of biotechnology in addressing food security in Nigeria.

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Jennifer Thomson on biotech in Africa and Europe

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Thomson, Professor of Microbiology, University of Cape Town, discusses how European views on biotech influence policy in Africa...

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Daniel Otunge: Africa Needs Biotech Crops

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Daniel Otunge, coordinator of the Open Forum on Agricultural Technology, discusses the critical need for biotechnology and innovation in Africa. 

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Pursuing a Dream: Tackling Climate Change and Soil Salinity

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dr. Ashwani Pareek hopes to one day use technology to help farmers in his home village of Sambhar, and elsewhere in India, grow the traditional crops that they can no longer grow due to increasingly poor soil.

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Video: New hope for the American chestnut

Friday, April 29, 2016

Genetic engineers, and thousands of average citizens, are working together to restore the iconic American chestnut. 

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American chestnut: An enduring classic

Friday, April 29, 2016

Over the past century, some 3 to 5 billion trees have succumbed to the ravages of chestnut blight, an exotic pathogen inadvertently introduced from Asia.

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Burkina Faso Puts GM Cotton on Hold

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mark Twain, the 19th century American author, famously quipped: “This report of my death was an exaggeration.” Much the same could be said of Burkina Faso’s genetically modified cotton crop...

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Race Against Time

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why are some seemingly dead plants able to return to life — and thrive — as soon as rainfall returns? That question has intrigued Dr. Jill Farrant since childhood ...

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Video: Global Calculator Overview

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Global Calculator is a free and interactive model of the world's energy, land and food systems that allows users to explore the options for reducing global emissions to 2050.

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Bringing grassroots organizing and science to Vandana Shiva

Thursday, March 24, 2016

On an uncharacteristically sunny afternoon in Salem, Oregon, Dr. Vandana Shiva came face to face with science activism. 

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When more information IS a risky business

Friday, February 26, 2016

Former Cornell librarian Jaron Porciello reflects on the February 25 New York Times Editorial on GMO labeling wherein the editorial board flippantly asserts...

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Dr. Jennifer Thomson on the Role of Women in Science

Monday, March 7, 2016

It is well known that ‘women’s crops’ feed families while ‘males’ crops’ make money. More involvement of women in agricultural research could help bring food security to developing countries.

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Women In Ag Profile: Dr. Susan Miyasaka

Monday, March 7, 2016

While attending college at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Susan Miyasaka was deeply moved by accounts of global famines. 

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Women in Ag Profile: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Monday, March 7, 2016

Whether it's shearing sheep, collecting bull semen, or using biotechnology to breed better animals, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam has devoted her career to livestock. 

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Women in Ag Profile: Makida Mohammed

Monday, March 7, 2016

Makida Mohammed is a self-described “peasant farmer” in Ethiopia, where she raises wheat, maize, barley, peas, potatoes, & livestock. After the death of her husband, Makida used gifts...

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International Women's Day: Highlighting Women in Agriculture

Monday, March 7, 2016

As we celebrate International Women's Day, it's important to note the critical contributions of women to farming and agricultural science around the world.

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Video: Precision Breeding Offers New Alternative to Dehorning Cattle

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Scientists have discovered a way of using precision breeding techniques to make hornless cattle.

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Video: Global Leadership Fellows

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In Fall 2015, 25 emerging leaders from around the world came to Cornell University to participate in the inaugural Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program.

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Ensuring equitable access to agricultural innovation

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

At the Alliance for Science, we’re highlighting success stories from around the world, ranging from champion farming families who have improved the lives of their families and their neighbors...

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Political Will Needed to Limit Damage from Philippines SC Decision

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Filipino scientific community reacted strongly to the country's Supreme Court judgement upholding the ban on GM Bt talong (eggplant), announced on December 8 last year.

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January leadership training course builds alliances in Asia

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nearly 50 individuals from 8 countries participated in the recent Asia Leadership Course in Thailand. Participants experienced intensive training, developing strategic frameworks and tools...

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A Will and a Way: Political Perseverance Going Into 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Scientists have long attributed the sluggish advance of genetically engineered food products to weak political will, rather than shortcomings in the technology.

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Perspective: Outdated Regulations Stalled Biotech in Philippines

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015 Global Leadership Fellow Marlo Asis argues that, unlike the belief of many critics, the Filipino Supreme Court's recent decision to ban Bt Talong research is not halting scientific progress.

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GMOs in 2015

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

According to graduate student scientist Trevor Sorrells, GMOs are often vilified for illogical reasons. 

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New research shows higher yield agriculture could lower UK farming emissions

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Everyone agrees that energy efficiency is an essential part of tackling greenhouse gas emissions. But what about agricultural efficiency?

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COP21: Bringing Plant-Based Biotech to the Table

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Internet is abuzz with praise for last week’s wrap up of COP21 climate change forum, and rightly so. I have no doubt that the organizers have the best intentions for addressing the systemic issues...

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Amy Hepworth: Organic-conventional hybrid system needed

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Alliance for Science would like to recognize NY organic farmer Amy Hepworth for her advocacy towards incorporating the advances in biotechnology into organic and sustainable agriculture. 

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Agriculture: The Forgotten Climate Change Issue

Monday, November 30, 2015

Helping farmers access technologies to help both adapt to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture will not likely be a major part of the media reports coming out of Paris...

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Salmon and Calves Reframe Biotech Debate

Thursday, November 26, 2015

What do a fast-growing salmon and two hornless calves have in common? In recent days they've ushered in a new era of food production and reframed the genetic engineering debate.

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The GMO Debate: Let Africa speak for Herself

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"I don’t just have a bone to pick with only the anti-GMO activists. I also have issue with the pro-GMO activists who mean well in speaking up for us ... I appreciate when other people speak up for us, but they tend to do it from a skewed point of view—and usually pity." 

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“25 Stories: Allied to End World Hunger” event takes place at UN

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Global Leadership Fellows Program Graduates First Cohort

Friday, November 13, 2015

What began as an idea a few years ago became reality Nov. 12 when 25 science communicators from 10 nations graduated from the Cornell Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program.

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Access to information key to amplifying voices in developing world

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

There are many barriers to successful agricultural research in the developing world, but Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library has found an intervention point: access to information.

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Bt Eggplant: A new option for farmers in Bangladesh

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bangladeshi farmers dreaming of a better life find hope in the successful field demonstrations of Bt brinjal — eggplant genetically engineered to resist destructive pests.

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Dennis Gonsalves: Public Sector Hero

Monday, November 2, 2015

Aware that the ringspot virus spelled ruin for the small family farms that raise papaya, Gonsalves was determined to find a solution.

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Golden rice as a way to prevent blindness in children gains public support

Thursday, October 29, 2015

On the evening of October 16 at 8pm, concerned Americans from various sectors of society and several international fellows from the Cornell Alliance for Science united at the Capitol Building for a candle light vigil in honor of children suffering from Vitamin A deficiency.

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Cornell Alliance for Science Fellows to Start a Global Conversation at the UN

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Biotech in Africa: Regulations Hinder Innovation

Friday, October 23, 2015

High regulatory costs are stalling biotechnology projects that could help African farmers, says Jennifer Thomson, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Feds offer a rare chance to weigh in on GMOs

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This month, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy is asking for our input, comments and case studies. Let’s seize this moment, so we can finally begin to add to the list of likable GMOs created by the U.S. public sector for the farmers who grow our food.

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Canadian "Agri-expert" advises world farmers on biotech crops

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A prominent Canadian agriculturalist has challenged the world to appreciate the need for genetically engineered (GE) crop technologies as a core part of an integrated agricultural research, management, and development system.

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How the Rainbow Papaya Story Brings Hope for World Farmers

Friday, October 2, 2015

I had a great opportunity to talk to my fellow Cornell Alliance for Science colleague, Nassib Mugwanya of Uganda.  He works for the Uganda Biosciences and focuses on staple crops.  

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Farm Babe Video: "It's important to talk to farmers, not Google"

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Michelle Miller aka FarmBabe & farmer, Doug Sass talk about Michelle's transition from city girl to a farmer and her efforts to promote a direct dialogue between farmers S& the public.

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The generational American “Family Farm”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The greatest reward of being part of a farming family is that we get to share our love of the land, our environment, and of growing food with our grandchildren

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Common ground on sustainable agriculture: A Family Affair

Thursday, October 1, 2015

She's a scientist who studies the genetic basis of resistance to disease and tolerance to stress in rice. He's an organic farmer, prohibited by organic certification rules from using GE seeds and plants in his fields.

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The Labeling Battle: The Farm That Never Was

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The mindset of becoming a farmer slowly dissipated for me as I saw farmers vocally attacked and protested against for embracing a technology that wasn’t understood by the general public.

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Celebrating the Public-Private Partnership in Agriculture

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Amidst the emotionally-charged debate about our life-sustaining food supply, we should realize that companies large and small harvest the fundamental knowledge accrued mainly through taxpayer-funded research, then use their well-honed pipelines to bring products to market.

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The Fall Fellows' Family

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“Family” is, in some sense or another, what drives all of us in this cohort: We’re here because we envision a better future for our loved ones. And considering the dire situation faced by many of our people in our various home countries, this struggle is very, very personal.

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Our Story Video

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scientists, NGOs, journalists and concerned citizens from around the world who have come together to tell stories that restore the importance of scientific evidence in decision-making.

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Father Noli’s essay on the “Ask Me Anything About GMOs” event

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The event “Ask Me Anything About GMOs” last September 10 organized by the Alliance for Science of Cornell University to celebrate Science Week was an experience I will never forget.

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Broadening the GMO Debate

Monday, September 14, 2015

After co-moderating the recent Alliance for Science “Ask Me Anything About GMOs” discussion at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, I again found myself wondering how we can defuse the acrimony that swirls around this topic.

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Lysozyme Goat Research

Friday, September 4, 2015

UC Davis professor, Dr James Murray and PhD candidate, Lydia Garas discuss transgenic goat milk research that if approved, could help treat diarrheal infections and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Dr Oliver Sacks Tribute

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Every now and then, a scientist emerges with the gift of making science come gloriously alive. Dr. Oliver Sacks, the famed neurologist who died Aug. 30 at the age of 82, was one of those rare beings.

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Scotland's Recent GM Crop Ban

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The scientific community in Europe quickly mobilized in condemnation after the Scottish Government announced a pre-emptive ban on all GM crops on August 9.

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Transgenic Animal Research Conference: An Overview

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scientists at the University of California-Davis’s 10th Transgenic Animal Research Conference, held August 9-13 at Lake Tahoe, expressed deep frustration at the United States regulatory process that is hindering their work.

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Tolerance is required for true co-operation

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Letter:The Cornell Alliance for Science had booked the Space @GreenStar Co-op for their September 10, live event, "Ask Me Anything About GMOs." It has now been voluntarily moved to a different venue.

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Put Barbara McClintock on The New $10 Bill

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thinking back, one woman kept coming to my mind – someone who revolutionized genetics & biology, who suffered harsh discrimination during her career, and is the only woman to single-handedly win a Nobel Prize in life science: Barbara McClintock.

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Researcher shines colorful light on greenhouse crops

Friday, July 31, 2015

My interests revolve around the mechanisms of how light manipulates intricate metabolic processes in plants, such as the biosynthesis of flavor and nutritionally important compounds, and how this knowledge can be leveraged to improve human health and maximize food security around the world.

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Countering Propaganda: A profile of India’s Dr. Rao

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dr. C. Kameswara Rao knows he can’t stop the stream of anti-GMO propaganda that’s flowing into India. But he’s been steadily countering it for a decade and a half as executive secretary of the Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education (FBAE).

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Alianza para la Ciencias #GatesLetter La Gran Apuesta

Monday, February 2, 2015

En su carta anual este 2015, Bill y Melinda Gates, hacen una “Gran Apuesta” para los próximos 15 años: que debido a los avances en los sectores de la salud, agricultura, banca, y la educación, la vida de las personas viviendo en países pobres mejorará más rápido en estos 15 años que en cualquier otro momento en el pasado.

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Muungano wa Sayansi #GatesLetter Big Bet Challenge

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sisi katika Muungano wa sayansi ni azimio letu kwamba miaka kumi na tano kutoka sasa bioteknolojia za kilimo zinazokuzwa na wanasayansi wa sekta ya umma zitaleta maendeleo katika maisha ya watu duniani.

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Bill Nye Science Ally

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bill Nye checked the science and changed his mind, choosing science over ideology. Thank him: #ScienceAlly. BE A SCIENCE ALLY! 

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New Technologies Solving Old Problems: The Return of the American Chestnut

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lecture given at Cornell University on October 21, 2014. Presented by William Powell, Co-Director of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project.

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Keith Kloor on How Cultural Brokers Shape the GMO Debate

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Journalist, Keith Kloor gives lecture on March 23rd, 2015 on Cornell Campus entitled "How Cultural Brokers Shape the GMO Debate".

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Protecting crops using genes from garlic and onions

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dr. Sampa Das from the Division of Plant Biology, Bose Institute, India, discusses how her research team is using lectin from garlic to protect other crops from pests and diseases.

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Alliance for Science and SciDev.Net host online debate in Seoul

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Alliance for Science shared its mission and presence with an international audience June 8-12 at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in Seoul, Korea.

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Dr. Sampa Das: Adapting Nature’s defenses

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dr. Sampa Das is finding that Nature’s own defense mechanisms may hold the key to boosting productivity and reducing pesticide use in India’s important food crops.

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Technology Gap Stymies India’s Farm Productivity

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Though many farmers in India are enjoying better crop yields — and higher incomes —due to technological advances, they still see a looming gap between the tools available to them and farmers in developed nations.

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Alliance for Science #GatesLetter Big Bet Challenge

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In their 2015 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates make a "Big Bet" for the next 15 years: That thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education, the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than in any other time in history

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Obstacles to Accessing Agricultural Technology in India

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Two of the nation’s agricultural leaders, G.S. Mann and G. Sidhu, question why they can’t use technology available in the West, and argue for greater access based on their experience of higher yields and lower pesticide use with Bt cotton.

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Sense About Science USA partnership offers statistical consultation for journalists

Monday, June 1, 2015

Alliance for Science sat down with Trevor Butterworth, Director of Sense About Science (SAS) USA based in NYC, to learn more about this new organization and its stateside vision and plans. Trevor is a visiting fellow at Cornell University. The Alliance and Sense about Science are jointly sponsoring a workshop, Stand up for Science, as part of SAS's Voice of Young Science program. 

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No ordinary farmer: Gilbert Bor brings innovation to western Kenya

Monday, June 1, 2015

In Western Kenya on the outskirts of the town of Eldoret lives a farmer who dreams of creating a more prosperous community. But he is no ordinary farmer. Gilbert Bor and his family live next door to the farm on which he grew up, but he has travelled globally and his experiences from around the globe have helped inspire his vision for his community and for his country.

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The Lead 2015 March Headlines

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Each month, the Alliance tracks the world’s top news and opinions on agricultural biotechnology. If you or someone in your organization is interested in contributing monthly reports to the Monthly Monitor, please let us know. We always encourage you to submit important news reports from your region!

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The need to prioritize farmer perspective: An Interview with Dr. Matthew Schnurr

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I recently reached out to Dr. Schnurr, as I was interested in learning more about his nuanced, critical view, and where it fits in the broader GMO “debate.”

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March Views 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Headlines: AAAS Presidents: The Anti-GMO Lobby Takes A Page from the Climategate Playbook, The Tragic Papaya: The Story of GE Crops in Hawaii, 5 Questions with Matthew Schnurr: The Case for Prioritizing the “Farmer Perspective” and “Demand Driven” Biotech, Could Precise Technology Eliminate Fears of GE Foods?, Genetically Modified People: Natural Transgenics is More Common Than Many Think

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Scientist Responds to Activist’s Attack on Biofortified Banana: “Let’s Talk Science”

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Two weeks after Vandana Shiva savagely criticized research on a nutritionally-enhanced GE banana at Iowa State University, University of Florida scientist Kevin Folta arrived in Ames, and presented a powerful counter lecture.

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CIAT Scientists Develop “Heat-Beater” Beans that Could Enhance Food Security

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia announced last month that they are making progress on a bean designed for expected temperature increases.

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Nigerian Farmers Push President Jonathan to Sign Biosafety Bill

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The fight for access to agricultural biotechnology in Nigeria got a major boost last month when a coalition of farmers petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the country’s Biosafety Bill.

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Chinese Scientists Develop Perennial Rice — A Climate-Friendly Staple Crop

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chinese scientists will begin field trials next year on varieties of rice that could eliminate the necessity of planting annually — an achievement that could have major environmental and food security benefits around the globe. 

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British Public Scientists To Begin Field Trials of GE “Super Spud”

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Days after the US announced its approval for GE potatoes, public sector scientists in the UK said that field trials are expected to begin this summer on a GE potato, dubbed the “Super Spud.”

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Plant Scientists Use High Powered Computing to "Hack" Photosynthesis

Thursday, April 2, 2015

By combining high-performance computing and advanced genetic engineering, a team of public sector scientists has taken steps to achieving one of agriculture’s Holy Grails.

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US Approves Apples & Potatoes Designed For New Ag Biotech Audience: Consumers

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bioengineered potatoes that bruise less, and apples that don’t brown as quickly, took a major step toward US grocery store shelves this month. On March 20, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared six GE potatoes and three GE apples “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.” 

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Bill Nye Thank You Letter

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bill Nye The Science Guy showed that he is a true #Scienceally and revised his outlook on genetically modified food.

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When Radical Populism and Science Collide

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

http://bit.ly/wordlebwIn recent days, with little fanfare or attention from the press, a lot of people from New York and Hawai‘i rallied to counter a spurious attack against the integrity of biotechnology research specifically, and science generally. 

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Science14 Letter

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In early February, 14 senior scientists at four U.S. universities received requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) to turn over three years worth of e-mail correspondence with a handful of agricultural companies, trade groups, and PR firms.

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The World February 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Headlines: China Begins GE Food Education Campaign, Uganda Tables Biosafety Bill, India Surpasses China in GM Hectares Grown, EU Lobbied for 13 Biotech Approvals, Scottish Farmer: Rebrand genetic modification as ‘ethical crop breeding’.

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February Headlines 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Each month, the Alliance tracks the world’s top news and opinions on agricultural biotechnology. If you or someone in your organization is interested in contributing reports to the Monthly Monitor, please let us know at allianceforsci@cornell.edu. We always encourage you to submit important news reports from your region. 

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February Views 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

http://allafrica.com/stories/201302110505.htmlHeadlines: How Jairam Ramesh's ban on Bt Brinjal Set India Back Several Years, Poll Findings on Public Fears about GMO Safety: Grossly Misleading, Could Uganda Become A Beacon for Pioneering Ag Biotech?, Science that is Hard to Swallow, Will Gene-Edited Products be Considered GMOs?

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Is Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” Embracing GE Foods?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Discover’s Keith Kloor recently reported that Bill Nye — the popular science commentator known as “The Science Guy” — has apparently changed his views on GE foods.

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Biofortified Launches “Cookies and Science” Campaign to Support Girl Scouts

Thursday, March 5, 2015

From teamwork, to setting up a campsite and making crafts, Anastasia Bodnar learned a lot during her years as a Girl Scout — and today, she is deeply proud of her experience. Last month, Bodnar, who is a PhD maize geneticist, became even more proud when the Girl Scouts of America stood up to a relentless campaign by anti-GMO activists.

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Food Science Students Ask “Food Babe”: Show Us Evidence

Thursday, March 5, 2015

In late January, six food science graduate students had heard enough from the Food Babe. Weary of hearing misinformation about food science and tired of watching attacks on their profession go unchallenged, the students published an open letter to Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe — an Internet activist who has amassed a huge following by attacking what she perceives as threats to people’s health from the foods they eat.

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Anti-GMO Group Attacks Public Biotech Researchers with Freedom of Information Requests

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Last month, public sector scientists were alarmed when a nonprofit group opposed to GM products filed a flurry of freedom of information (FOIA) requests with at least four U.S. universities. According to a report in Science, the FOIA requests asked administrators to turn over any correspondence between a dozen academic researchers and a handful of agricultural companies, trade groups, and PR firms.

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Fighting Banana Bacterial Wilt in Uganda

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Banana Bacterial Wilt is a disease devastating East African Highland Banana crops. Using biotechnology, a team of scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda have developed a banana variety that is resistant to Bacterial Wilt, offering the best hope for combatting the disease.

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British Scientists Develop GE Plant That Could Make Fish Farming More Sustainable

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scientists in the UK have made major progress in addressing one of the seafood industry’s biggest environmental challenges. Last month, Rothamsted Research announced that a GE camelina plant had been successfully fed to farmed Atlantic salmon. A false flax widely grown for seed oil, the camelina plant had been enhanced with genes from marine algae, which produces the coveted Omega 3-rich fish oil. 

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US Funds Biotech Effort to Save Citrus Industry

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The USDA is making a major investment in a biotechnology strategy to combat citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), the devastating disease that has ravaged the country’s citrus industry and has already cost as many as 8,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in crop damage.

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Kauai Panel Seeks to Ground GMO Debate in Facts

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A project intended to ferret fact from fiction will begin meeting in March on Kauai in response to the island's contentious debate over genetically engineered crops and their associated pesticide use.

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Hawaii Polarized by Steamroller Activism

Monday, February 2, 2015

Though Hawaii is known as the “aloha state,” we have our share of scrappy fights over development, tourism and Native Hawaiian rights.  Still, no issue has polarized the Islands more thoroughly in modern times than the cultivation of genetically engineered crops.

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Breaking out of the GMO Echo Chamber

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I forever believed that there existed two types of people: Those who were anti-science, and those who advocated for GMOs as a necessary food production tool. I was a happy member of the pro-GMO camp, and saw educating the public as a means of solving this “debate.” 

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Learn about how public-sector scientists saved papaya

Friday, January 23, 2015

In the mid-1990s the papaya farmers of Hawaii were threatened with devastation by a newly rampant disease, papaya ringspot virus. Luckily scientists at the universities of Hawaii and Cornell were already working on the problem. Using the newly-invented technique of genetic modification...

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Learn about how public sector scientists are saving the American chestnut tree

Friday, January 23, 2015

Forest biologists are seeking federal approval from the FDA, USDA and EPA to reintroduce an almost-extinct species — the American chestnut — back into the forests of the eastern United States. 

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Learn about how Bt brinjal is helping families in Bangladesh

Friday, January 23, 2015

Munsur Sarker was one of 20 farmers who planted the first seedlings of genetically engineered Bt eggplant approved for distribution by the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture in February 2013. Mansur, whose family eats eggplant four times a week, depends on eggplant as an important staple vegetable crop and source of income.

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Science in Europe on the Verge of Entering a Time of Political Ignorance

Monday, November 24, 2014

Last week European scientists had their gaze fixed up in space and celebrated the successful touchdown of the Rosetta lander on Comet 67P. Meanwhile back on earth, science, at least in Europe, had little cause for celebrations.

Three political decisions signal that science in Europe now is on the verge of entering a time of political ignorance.

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Gates Notes: The Love Life of Plants

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bill Gates recently met with some researchers at Cornell University. Their work involves a lot of plant breeding. Because most of the world's poor people are farmers, helping farmers grow more food is one of the most powerful levers we have for fighting poverty. 

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Blocking GMO Staple Food Crops Hurts the Poor

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This virtual absence of GMO food crops in the marketplace tells us something about the real balance of power in today’s world food system.  

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Citrus Greening Disease - Can Biotechnology Help Save Citrus?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ricke Kress is the President of Southern Gardens Citrus. He talks about a new disease that is ravaging citrus operations in Florida and how biotechnology may be able to save our citrus.

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The Story of Rainbow Papaya - Why Public Sector Biotechnology Research Matters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dennis Gonsalves is a former Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Pathology at Cornell University. He speaks about the story of Rainbow Papaya as an example of how public sector biotechnology research can be beneficial to farmers and consumers.

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Interview with Mark Lynas about anti-GMO campaigns and the potential for public-sector biotechnology

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We Interviewed Mark Lynas about misconceptions around molecular biology in plant breeding and about the potential benefits of using biotechnology to produce food with more benefits to farmers and consumers and less environmental consequences.

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Zero-Pesticide BT Eggplant Farming in Gazipur, Bangladesh

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our Interview with Munsur Sarker who is growing BT Eggplant in Gazipur, Bangladesh as part of the crop's limited release. He describes how he's able to grow the crop without the use of harmful pesticides because of its resistance to insect pests.

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BT Cotton in India - The Farmer's Perspective

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gurjeet Singh Mann owns Mann Farms based out of Sirsa, India. He describes his experiences with growing BT Cotton and the environmental benefits that have resulted after reducing pesticide use.

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Unbundled GMOs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Treating GMOs as a bundled concept makes it difficult to evaluate them on a case by case basis. Zero tolerance towards GMOs prevents rational conversations. 

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A Call for Radical Collaboration

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For too long the debate around agricultural biotechnology has operated from pulpits positioned at polar extremes despite the fact that advocates share values with their very same opponents around the issue of equitable access to food. The challenges we face today as a global society are too large to go it alone. It’s time to collaborate. Radically.

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The polarized debate over biotechnology is harmful for poor farmers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I am frustrated by the polarized debate about how current and future food needs are to be met sustainably. I am particularly concerned about the extreme position against genetic engineering taken by some self-proclaimed spokespersons for two groups of people:  poor and malnourished people, and organic farmers. 

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