Magazine

June 2016

For many, the issue of GMOs is black and white, but for some they are open to taking in the information and re-evaluating their stance. This issue of Seed World is entirely dedicated to exploring GMOs — the history, the science and the environment. Here, you’ll discover the latest when it comes to labeling food products and what the Obama Administration has tasked the USDA, FDA and EPA with in its biotechnology review. From corgis to corn, breeders have been working to get specific desired characteristics, regardless if it’s plants or animals. And we, as a society, have been the beneficiaries. Or have we? Check out this issue and decide for yourself.

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From Corgis to Corn

Explore the long history of GMO technology. To date, scientists have engineered bacteria that produce medication-grade drugs, crops with built-in pesticides and beagles that glow in the dark. While these...

GMO Crop Breakdown

The latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications shows the number of biotech hectares globally increased from 1.7 million in 1996 to 179.7 million...

A World Without Seed Treatments

Neonicotinoids prove their value compared to other systems. In a world without neonicotinoid seed treatments, agriculture would look quite different. Entire production strategies for corn, cotton, soybeans and sorghum are built...

Lessons Learned

When it comes to communicating about GMOs and other modern agricultural practices, some say it’s too little and too late. A pioneer in the development of this technology, Robb Fraley...

Labeling Causes Chaos

With the Vermont GMO labeling law scheduled to go into effect July 1, America’s food industry anxiously awaits federal action. July 1, 2016 is an important date for the seed...

She Just Laughed

The Ghanaian woman farmer simply laughed at any thought of switching her soy plot with that of her husband’s maize plot for the next planting season. Neither questioning nor...

Nutrition Plays an Increasing Role in Seed Vigor

Nutrition plays a critical role in early seed development and new research demonstrates its impact at the farm level. Everyone involved in the supply chain, from seed companies to chemical...

Since 1915: Corn, a Symbol of Agricultural Greatness

A Moment In Time  This 1975 cover of Seed World features corn, a symbol of agricultural greatness. In this issue, S.M. McAshan Jr., who serves as chairman for Anderson, Clayton...

A Different Perspective on GMOs

For some, the words “genetically-modified” or “GMO” conjure up images of “Frankenfoods.” Seed World reached out to a few of these groups to better understand their perspective and get...

Biotech: Under Review

After more than 20 years since the last update, the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology undergoes a formal review and update. Last July, the White House issued a...
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Around the World

No two regions are alike when it comes to the acceptance and adoption of biotechnology. Here, you’ll explore the GMO environment across continents. Twenty years in and the adoption of...

Is the Green Revolution Going Gray?

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences recently released its long-awaited report on genetically engineered (GE) crops. More than 50 scientists and agricultural experts contributed to the 388-page report, which...

Safety, Sustainability, Yield and Risks

Three experts share their perspective about major issues surrounding genetically modified crops. Since the advent of genetically modified organisms decades ago, the debate about the technology and its risks or...