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Biotechnology on one hand offers significant opportunities to enhance agricultural productivity and food security through disease-resistant varieties of plants and animals.

Voracious Worm Evolves To Eat Biotech Corn Engineered To Kill It

April 6, 2014 One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn. Until Bt corn was genetically altered to be poisonous to the…

Biogas: A Cheaper Source of Energy

Dr. Rana Muhammad Asif, Veterinary Officer (H) Our Economy is crippled by acute energy shortages. This energy shortage is actually the outcome of mismanagement and without any proper planning. Since the inception of our country we depend mainly on thermal and hydroelectric sources but we have not used alternate source of energy .We are still thinking the use of alternate source of energy. Developed economies are converting their sources of energy from non-renewable to renewable because they…

Workshop on National Dialogue on Biotechnology for Food Security

January 17, 2014 Islamabad (NATION): The two-day workshop entitled “National Dialogue on Biotechnology & Bio-Safety for Food & Feed Security in Pakistan and Capacity Building Workshop for Representatives of IBC Members & Media Practitioners” will be held in Islamabad during 17-18th, January, 2014.  Top biotechnologists from Pakistan and other countries are participating in this international event. This event is jointly organised by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center…

Developing Countries Dominate Global Production of Biotech Crops

The world is different today than how it was 17 years ago. Seventeen years ago, there were only 5.8 billion people in the world (The World Bank). Today, the world’s population has grown to more than 7 billion (Population Reference Bureau), and is estimated to be at a staggering 8 billion by 2030, or 17 years from now. Today, the world has more to feed, clothe, and shelter. Doing this on limited and decreasing resources and inputs is an insurmountable task – a challenge that has been met with a…

Science and Popular Media: How Cartoonists Visualize Crop Biotechnology

Crop  Biotechnology: Cartoons and other popular art forms such as comic strips and animation can sometimes be more powerful than words in conveying messages. They go beyond just giving information. By reflecting on popular contemporary ideas, cartoons elicit emotions that encourage interest, inquiry, and empathy. Readers are attracted to cartoons because of its subtle humor and ability to communicate several messages in a visual and simple way. ISAAA's fourth and newest monograph in its Biotech…

Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: Bio-Technology

By Lisa Van Wagner Bio-Technology: In England, a bag of tortilla chips sports a label announcing "no GM ingredients." But in the United States, where over 60 percent of processed foods contain a genetically altered ingredient, GM labeling is not required, and consumers remain largely unconcerned about it. Farmers are pleased with genetically modified seeds resistant to pests or weed killer, and scientists are excited about advancements in genetic engineering that could improve public…

Bio-Technology: Biofortified rice as a contribution to the alleviation of life-threatening micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries

A good start is a food start! Bio-Technology: Dietary micronutrient deficiencies, such as the lack of vitamin A, iodine, iron or zinc, are a major source of morbidity (increased susceptibility to disease) and mortality worldwide. These deficiencies affect particularly children, impairing their immune system and normal development, causing disease and ultimately death. The best way to avoid micronutrient deficiencies is by way of a varied diet, rich in vegetables, fruits and animal…

What is agricultural biotechnology?

by Jonathan Strickland Agricultural Biotechnology: For thousands of years, humans have manipulated nature to grow the best crops and livestock. By matching together various strains of crops or animals, we've guided the developmental path of countless organisms. If you were to step back in time thousands of years, the crops you'd see would look very different -- in some cases, they'd be unrecognizable! Agricultural biotechnology is a set of tools and disciplines meant to modify organisms…

Bio-Technology: Why are turkeys genetically modified?

Bio-Technology: Americans gobble up a lot of turkey: 267 million­ turkeys are sold in the United States each year. Considering all those turkeys, it may surprise you to hear that there's one that dominates the competition at the supermarket: the broad-breasted white turkey. Most Americans have never eaten another kind. The turkeys look just like their name suggests: They're bred for big breasts, the bigger the better, and their pure white feat­hers (pop-up timer not present at birth). With their…

GMO Executives Receive Tainted “Nobel Prize” for Agriculture

GMO executives win world food prize?The small town where I live concludes Independence Day celebrations each July with the grand announcement of the “Guv’na” for the upcoming year – an honorary title awarded to the candidate who raises the most money and hence “votes” for awareness of local businesses.  These funds provide revenue for a grant program administered by the town Civic Association. The “election” of the Guv’na is all fun and games with money being raised for a good cause.…

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