Dr. TJ Higgins discusses a global effort to genetically engineer a pest-resistant variety of cowpea (black-eyed peas) that will help small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa reduce pesticide use and enjoy higher yields of a crop that is an important source of protein for more than 200 million people. Video by Hannah Smith Walker.
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.
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.
The Bangladeshi farmer at the center of a controversy on GMOs has spoken out to clarify his recent experience of growing Bt brinjal, the pest-resistant eggplant which is under the international media spotlight as the world's first genetically-modified food crop being grown in a developing country.
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.