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Monsanto Just Got Access To The World's Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool

Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.

Where We Will Grow Food After We Scorch The Earth 

A relatively small number of crops make up a lot of the world’s diet. But, as the world gets hotter, the places that we’re able to grow these crops are moving.

Australian Report Predicts Global Coffee Shortage Will Get Worse

Hope you’re ready to face the day with nothing but your own unsharpened wits about you. Soon, they will be all you have left.

Invasive Species Known To Be Resistant To Pesticides Spotted Outside In US

The whitefly is kind of cute looking as far as invasive pests go, but they have recently been expanding their reach and are presenting a new threat to landscapers, gardeners and farmers in the United States.

Something Is Killing Off Australia's Chillies

Chillies in Australia have been turning black and rotting on the vine, seemingly without explanation. Now researchers have finally identified just what’s been killing these poor chillies.

This Very Big Machine Picks Very Small Berries

Harvesting the edible parts of any plant in a timely manner usually requires some very specialised tools. Poppy seeds get hoovered up by a giant old-timey lawnmower. Potatoes take a shovel escalator before ending up your plate. And currants — those tasty little berries that usually get made into jam — well, they get this wonky thing.

Scientists Are Closer Than Ever To Growing A Tomato That Ripens But Doesn't Rot

Keeping a tomato flavorful and firm past a few days is no easy task, as anyone who has made the catastrophic mistake of sticking a tomato in the fridge can attest. Now, new research could finally give us a much longer span of time to eat that tomato.

Australian Researchers Just Made A Breakthrough In Growing Crops During A Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide — and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water.

Drawing Eyes On Cow Butts May Ward Off Hungry Lions

An Australian conservation biologist has come up with a novel method for protecting cattle from being hunted by African lions: Paint eyes on their butts. The lions will think their intended prey has seen them and will move on, since they have lost the element of surprise.

A Disgusting Green Sludge Is Devouring Florida's Coast

Fourth of July celebrations along Florida’s Treasure Coast were decidedly muted yesterday, thanks to a putrid, toxic algae bloom that continues to fester days after Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.

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