Prime Editing Does Not Solve the Problem of Unintended Effects

A new complex technique called ‘prime editing’ is touted to be far more precise than the CRISPR gene-editing tool, but in all likelihood, the same undesirable off-target and on-target effects will occur. […]

The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa

While policies driven by seed companies undermine climate resilience and food security in Africa, agroecology provides small-scale African farmers a way to reduce costs, increase soil fertility, raise diverse, healthy, and culturally appropriate crops, and adapt to climate change. […]

New Report Reveals Substantial Gaps in European Risk Assessment of GMOs

A report on the risk assessment of GMOs in the EU and Switzerland reveals substantial gaps, concluding that current standards of risk assessment are not sufficient to fulfil the legal requirements of determining the safety of GMOs or the food and feed derived thereof. […]

Upscaling Agroecology to Build Climate Resilience Requires Enabling Policies

Agroecological approaches have proven ability to address specific climate hazards, enhance the resilience of farming systems and improve the flow of a range of ecosystem services. But they will only be widely adopted if actions are taken to level the playing field in respect of enabling policies, the collection of evidence and consumer choice. […]

Serious Lack of Regulatory Oversight Over Releases of Nucleic Acids and Proteins into the Environment

New technologies allow nucleic acids and proteins to be delivered to cells, tissues and organisms in the open environment. However, the current lack of regulatory oversight could lead to either dual use appropriation or unintended harm to human health or the environment. […]

Intensified Agriculture Leads to Yield Reductions but Biodiversity Is Beneficial for Crop Production

There is strong evidence for positive biodiversity–ecosystem service relationships, highlighting that managing landscapes to enhance the richness of service-providing organisms is a promising pathway toward a more sustainable food production globally. […]

Golden Rice is Not a Solution to Vitamin A Deficiency

There are several reasons why Golden Rice is not the answer to Vitamin A deficiency. […]

Right of Communities to Say “No” to Gene Drives

There is urgent need to democratise the development of new genetic technologies such as gene drives, and to continue to demand that proponents of experimental releases are obliged to obtain free, prior and informed consent. […]

Agroecological Farms Generate More Income and Employment than Conventional Farms

Agroecological farms, as demonstrated by empirical evidence from Europe, can offer more sustainable production of healthier food, and re-enlarge productive agricultural (and related) employment, increasing the total income generated by the agricultural sector. […]

Antibiotic-resistant Genes in GM Crops Persist in Wastewater 

Antibiotic-resistant genes that have been inserted into GM crops, which are then consumed as food, are more persistent than previously thought; they are able to withstand wastewater treatment and are taken up by bacteria in the sludge. […]