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Food Security and AgBiotech News

Available via e-mail and online, Food Security and Ag-Biotech (FS-AgBiotech) News is a free daily news service covering the most important global developments related to agriculture and food security, with a strong emphasis on issues related to the controversy over agricultural biotechnology.

FS-AgBiotech News provides succinct summaries of the most pertinent news stories, op-eds, journal articles, and reports on biotechnology, biosafety, agricultural research and development, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, liability and redress, genetic resources, trade, and economic development. FS-AgBiotech News draws information from a diverse range of sources including peer-reviewed journals, international news wires, and a variety of publications form industry, government, and NGOs.

FS-AgBiotech News is an example of the tools and strategies developed by Meridian Institute to help people solve problems and make informed decisions. Support for FS-AgBiotech News is provided by the US Agency for International Development.

Please note that it is the policy of Food Security and Ag-Biotech News to use the titles from the original source for summaries, and these do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors.

Food Security and AgBiotech News

  • USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Step Down

    Foreign Policy (16 Dec 2014) (12/18/2014)

    Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that he is leaving his job next month. Shah’s tenure at USAID has been most notable for th... more

  • Can Returning Crops to Their Wild States Help Feed the World?

    EurekAlert.org (16 Dec 2014) (12/18/2014)

    A new paper in the journal Trends in Plant Science suggests one way of intensifying agriculture sustainably would be to fix weaknesses in plants that accidently occurred due to traditional crop breedi... more

  • Ancient Wisdom Boosts Sustainability of Biotech Cotton

    EurekAlert.org (15 Dec 2014) (12/18/2014)

    A new international study led by Chinese scientists and the University of Arizona, United States, suggests that biotech crops and traditional farming practices can be compatible. The team discovered t... more

  • China Approves Syngenta's Viptera Corn -Reports

    Reuters (16 Dec 2014) (12/17/2014)

    Reports from some agriculture industry officials indicate that Chinese authorities have approved United States imports of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162. Syngenta said it would mak... more

  • Mother Plants Teach Seeds about Seasons and Give Them a Thicker Coat When It’s Cold

    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (15 Dec 2014) (12/17/2014)

    A researcher at the John Innes Centre, United Kingdom, has found that “mother” plants remember the seasons and use the memory to control the behavior of progeny seeds. Dr. Steve Penfield, in his resea... more

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