In debate over organic or conventional, is there third way to feed growing, warming world? | Genetic Literacy Project

By Caroline Scott-Thomas | May 4, 2015 Proponents of organic agriculture say it leads to better soil management, uses fewer pesticides and fertilisers, and is a better protector of biodiversity. However, when it comes to increasing food production for a growing global population, others argue that organic’s lower average yields would mean clearing more land for agriculture. According to a 2012 meta-analysis, organic crop yields average about 80% of those of conventional crops – but there is …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

… environment and biodiversity of NK66 corn. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also issued certificate for bio-safety for the three GM corn varieties. Kumar Datta, Syngenta Vietnam country director, said the company will coordinate with provincial agricultural agencies on plans to widely spread the varieties for better income of the farmers. Last August, the agriculture ministry approved the imports of four corn varieties engineered for food and animal feed …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… emissions, improving water conservation, and preserving biodiversity and ecosystems services to help improve crop yields. But for all this effort, programs to cut water use, waste and carbon footprints have not prevented the continued loss of species. Animal populations have dropped by half since 1970, and between 500 and 36,000 species are lost each year. Steve Elliot, a professor at the University of Sydney Business School, says that there’s “a lot of talk and hand waving and international …