Improved Corn Varieties Reduce Poverty in Africa

In Biotechnology, Farming, International by Cindy

As the battle for biotech crops continues in many countries, including Africa, a recent study finds that improved corn varieties have made a significant impact on reducing poverty. According to an article published in Agricultural Economics, a multi-country study documents the significant role international maize research plays in reducing poverty. It finds that since the mid-1990s, more than one million …

Bill Gates Calls for Biotech Crops to Feed Poor

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, Sustainability, Video by Cindy

At the World Food Prize Forum in Des Moines on Thursday, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates praised the work of Norman Borlaug and called for a new “Green Revolution” to help feed the poorest of the world’s poor. Gates also announced grants totaling about $120 million to help small farmers in developing countries such as Africa. “In the middle …

Missouri Corn Grower at the United Nations

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri corn grower Rob Korff recently had the opportunity to tell United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon about the important strides American farmers have made to produce more abundant, affordable food. Korff, who is vice chairman of the Missouri Corn Growers and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association Biotechnology Working Group, took part in a United Nations food …

Vaccine on the Cob

In Biotechnology by Cindy

Iowa State University researchers are studying how to put flu vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which could someday allow humans and animals to get a flu vaccination simply by eating corn or corn products. “We’re trying to figure out which genes from the swine influenza virus to incorporate into corn so those genes, when expressed, would produce protein. …

Drought-Tolerant Corn Gets Closer

In Biotechnology, Farming by Cindy

Drought-tolerant corn is another step closer to reality. Monsanto Company announced today that its first-generation drought-tolerant corn has moved into the final R&D phase before market launch. The company also announced that it has submitted the product to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for regulatory clearance. Officials with Monsanto say this is the fastest that a product has ever …

King of Bionic Ag

In Biotechnology, Farming by Cindy

Wired Magazine has crowned Kip Cullers the “King of Bionic Ag.” The issue out last week featured the famous corn and soybean yield contest winner from Purdy, Missouri as an example of how farmers are using biotechnology and precision agriculture to feed the world. Kip has become somewhat of a legend in the corn and soybean world, consistently producing top …

European Biotech Resistance

In Biotechnology, Farming, International by Cindy

It was pretty evident at last week’s World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines that European nations remain the most resistant to biotech crops. But some farmers are bucking the system. Oliver Ransmann of Germany participated in a Truth about Trade and Technology farmer roundtable that included over 20 producers from nearly as many countries discussing the benefits and challenges …

Increasing Productivity to Feed the World

In Audio, Biotechnology, Farming, General by Cindy

Several speakers at the World Food Prize symposium this week in Des Moines were from the major agricultural chemical companies, including Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer. Pioneer Hi-Bred International president Paul Schickler was on a panel that focused on the “Promises and Challenges of Next-Generation Science and Technology.” He took the first question to the panel, which was “How optimistic are …

Technology that’s really cutting-edge

In Biotechnology, New Products, Sustainability by Ken

Boosting yield — the amount of corn grown per acre — is crucial not just for increasing corn production to meet all needs, but to do it in a sustainable way that uses natural resources more efficiently. And developing new seed technology is one of the most effective ways of boosting yield. But this can be a slow and daunting …