More and more patent applications are being filed on plants and animals created using gene-editing and synthetic gene technology. This paper calls for such patents to be prohibited and for these organisms to be risk assessed and labelled.
The proceedings of the FAO's International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition underline the organisation's commitment to pushing agroecology forward as a means to eradicating hunger and poverty.
A new study has shown for the first time that endocrine disruption by glyphosate-based herbicides can not only be due to the declared active ingredient (glyphosate), but also to co-formulants used in the formulations.
R&D on the genetic modification of traditional crops is underway in seven African countries. This report explains how these projects are diverting resources, policies and practices, away from implementing real solutions to hunger and malnutrition.
In 2015, the Philippine Supreme Court permanently stopped the field testing of Bt eggplant in the country, citing inadequacies in the risk assessment and public consultation processes and invoking the Precautionary Principle.
Mexico's chinampas system preserves agricultural biodiversity, helps farmers adapt to climate change, bolsters food security and reduces poverty. Its agroecological features could be the foundation for the design of resilient agricultural systems.