Applied Pesticide Toxicity Increasing in the US, Even in GM Crops

A recent study shows that contrary to claims of reduced environmental impacts of pesticide use, the toxic impact of pesticides has increased in the US, and that GM crops are no better than conventional non-GM crops in this regard. […]

Gene-Edited Waxy Corn May Pave Way for Further Genome Edited Crops

Release of Corteva’s gene-edited waxy corn without the risk assessments and regulations required of GM crops raises serious concerns and could pave the way for future introduction of genome edited crops. […]

Agroecological Family Farm Initiatives Built Food Resilience During Covid-19 in Latin America

In Latin America, family farming initiatives and the agroecology movement contributed organizational and capacity development among producers and consumers during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the key role played by local food systems and value chains, and the need to strengthen them through public policies. […]

Reforming Financing to Truly Enable Agroecology

This policy briefing makes the case for reforming the way agricultural and food systems development is financed, in order to support transformation in food systems through agroecology. […]

Potential Negative Impacts of Genome-Edited Plants on Ecosystems

This scientific publication explains the possible unintended effects that the release of a genome-edited plant can have on ecosystems, and the risk assessment challenges. […]

Herbicide Selection Increases Antibiotic Resistance in Soil Microbial Communities

The application of three herbicides widely used with GM crops—glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba—has been found to increase the prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes and mobile genetic elements in soil microbiomes, potentially contributing to the global antimicrobial resistance problem in agricultural environments. […]

Major Differences Vex Discussions on Assessment of New Genetic Technologies

Discussions at the CBD on the assessment of new genetic technologies, such as synthetic biology and organisms containing engineered gene drives have brought to light major differences. […]

Sowing Water – A Farm’s Bid for Sustainability

The age-old technique of sowing water is an opportunity to meet farming’s’ water needs and mitigate the increasingly visible effects of climate change. […]

Using Agroecology to Build Back Greener and More Resilient Food Systems

This FAO paper provides examples of how agroecological approaches can contribute to transforming food systems and developing a greener, more resilient and more inclusive “new normal” after Covid-19. […]

Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Fail Agricultural Sustainability Test

A literature review assessed glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup against sustainable agriculture goals and concluded that they do not reach the bar of agricultural sustainability. […]