Europe’s failure with GM crops offers lessons for regulating Big Tech

Alex Whitebrook/ September 21, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Europe’s treatment of GM crops has been a failure For centuries, Europe’s plant scientists were world leaders. It was Robert Hooke, the polymath known as “England’s Leonardo”, who discovered plants were made of cells after examining wafers of cork beneath his microscope in the 1600s. Around the same time, Italian Marcelho Malpighi was laying the foundations of plant anatomy at

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Dryness cuts crop for world’s largest sugarcane plant in Brazil

Alex Whitebrook/ September 20, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The world’s largest sugarcane processing plant, a Brazilian mill able to process 10 million tonnes per year, has recorded a drop in cane crushing for the second consecutive season because of excessive dryness in Sao Paulo state, an executive said on Thursday. Brazil’s center-south, the world’s largest cane growing region, will likely have a smaller crop this year for the

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Cargill Boosts Cocoa Productivity and Quality Using Crop Enhancement’s Sustainable Crop Production Technology

Alex Whitebrook/ September 19, 2018/ Press Releases/ 0 comments

Indonesian cocoa growers in Cargill’s extensive network are eager to expand their use of this effective, farmer-friendly solution that reduces the need for synthetic pesticides Healthy cocoa beans from a pod treated with Crop Enhancement’s CropCoat® product (left) are contrasted with (right) damaged beans from a pod treated with conventional grower-standard insecticides (thiamethoxam, lambdacyhalothrin, and chlorpyrifos). (Photo: Business Wire) Crop

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Global Agricultural Crop Insurance Market: Technology, Future Trends & Key Players

Alex Whitebrook/ September 19, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Global Agricultural Crop Insurance Market is an emerging market in the ICT Media sector at present years. The report covers current Market Trends,advancements in Technologies over a period of time. The Global Agricultural Crop Insurance Market research report offers an in-depth analysis of the global market, providing relevant information for the new market entrants or well-established players. Some of the key strategies

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Technological innovation is game-changer for agricultural statistics

Alex Whitebrook/ September 18, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Improving the welfare of Asian farmers depends on strategically investing in collecting “good data”. Most of Asia’s poor live in rural areas and rely on agriculture as their main source of income. Enhanced agricultural productivity will go a long way toward reducing rural poverty and boosting incomes of small-scale farmers – it is key to achieve Sustainable Development Goal no.

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How to Build a Future for Your Farm

Alex Whitebrook/ September 17, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Jackson Farming Company is a powerhouse in Autryville, NC. It operates on more than 1,000 acres, embraces new technology, manages a sprawling workforce, and helps shape farming policy locally, statewide, and nationally. And it’s reached these achievements in a single generation. “My dream has always been for Jackson Farming Company to last much longer than I do,” Co-founder Brent Jackson

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Crispr-edited crop research could be crippled by European Court ruling

Alex Whitebrook/ September 14, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Plant scientists have reacted with shock, even anger, to the July decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on gene editing. The court ruled that any gene edited plant was a genetically modified organism (GMO) and fell under onerous 2001 EU regulations. Researchers are now warning that the ECJ ruling could cripple European funding for Crispr–Cas9 gene editing in crop science.

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GMOs are not agriculture’s future, Biotech is

Alex Whitebrook/ September 14, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

As a scientist who has spent his career in agricultural biotech, I’ve watched with some sympathy as the public struggles to sort out whether to embrace innovation in agriculture or continue a wariness that originated nearly 40 years ago with the introduction of genetically modified crops. Very recently the agricultural world watched with interest as the European Union’s highest court

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Technology: The Future of Agriculture

Alex Whitebrook/ September 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A technical revolution is underway in farming, as breakthroughs in sensing technologies and robotics are set to overhaul almost every aspect of one of the oldest industries in the world. Technological development has always steered the direction of farming, to create bigger yields and leading large-scale commercial farming to swiftly outstrip traditional small-scale models. With the aid of robotics, however,

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Biodegradable technology brings ‘higher cotton yield at less cost to the environment’

Alex Whitebrook/ September 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Some years ago, scientists in Queensland began trialling the use of an unlikely piece of material — biodegradable film — to boost yield and maximise water usage. The film is laid at the same time as the seed is planted. By trapping the thermal units from the sun, it raises the soil temperature several degrees, which is beneficial for getting

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