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 …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… truths about GMOs, including that they have never undergone appropriate safety testing; have never been shown to be safe for human consumption; and were not even approved in accordance with federal law. GMOs are illegal: Their secret introduction into the food supply was an illicit con from the very start When they were first being developed back in the early 1980s, GMOs were hailed as the solution to world hunger. Their proponents argued, and still do, that conventional and organic food crops …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… “Biotech companies and proponents of conventional, industrial agriculture have touted genetically engineered crops as the key to feeding a more populous, wealthier world, but recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat,” wrote Emily Cassidy, the EWG research analyst who authored the report. She points out that while genetically engineered crops have been a mainstay in conventional agriculture in the U.S. for roughly two decades, they “have not substantially improved global food …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

By Mary Landers For Dickson Despommier and other proponents of vertical agriculture, the future of farming is looking up. Literally. That’s because vertical farming, as the name implies, aims to raise crops in multi-story greenhouses, even warehouses or skyscrapers built or retrofitted for the purpose. “If you farm less on land and more indoors in controlled environments, it has a positive effect on the land by sparing it and returning it to nature, and it also helps to provide food for …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… and buildings on up to grid-scale energy storage and stabilization. But Li-ion isn’t the only game in town when it comes to emerging advanced battery and energy storage technologies. And there are those who believe proponents are stretching their case too far in touting the advantages of Li-ion battery storage across such a broad range of applications. Developers of flow batteries, for instance, say utilities and other large end-users would be ill-served by acquiring Li-ion battery storage, …

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban | EurActiv

… in Germany. It is very important that a political agreement be reached to generally apply the exclusion clause to Germany, emphasised State Secretary on Environment Jochen Flasbarth on Tuesday (13 January) in Berlin. Under the new directive, EU member states will now be able to choose to opt-out, restricting or completely banning GMO cultivation within their borders. One of the leading proponents of such a legal ban in Germany is its Ministry of Agriculture, which is led by the Bavarian …