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The (Cannabis) Story Continues…

In the quest for preventative measures and treatment of COVID-19, no stone is being left unturned. That includes investigating cannabis, a plant that has...

COVID-19 and Its Effects on the World of Seed

We are living through a time that will be remembered for many years to come as one of uncertainty and upheaval. So how will...

World Trade May Profoundly Change; Companies Should Think Ahead

In the last couple of weeks all attention, understandably, has been focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the EU, other policies are...

The Best Help We Can Give to Developing Countries is Access to Free Markets

In my first pilot project with Plant Breeders Without Borders, I was asked to go to Ethiopia to train smallholder farmers to breed their...

20 Benefits from Agricultural Genome Editing

It is often easy for anti-technology, anti-corporate activists to paint their own picture of reality, especially when it comes to the lucrative business of...

Fewer Sweets May Make For A Sweeter Life

According to a New Guinean legend, the human race began when the first man made love to a stalk of sugar cane. Although conjuring...

Go or No-Go NGO?

Many colleagues in the sector find it so hard to deal with activist Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that they prefer to keep maximum distance. It...

The Science Of Plant-Based Meat Substitutes

I’ve always had a special respect for peas. That’s because of the giant role they played in the advancement of science. It was through...

Why It Is So Difficult To Communicate Biotechnology?

Besides science, we all know that agriculture involves culture. We ‘cultivate’ (i.e. agri-culture contributes culture – human values) to the natural environment. Farming is...

What is the Future of the ITPGRFA?

New enhanced plant varieties have undoubtedly played a significant role regarding food security worldwide. A lot has been achieved. However, we are living in...