Agriculture

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Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture?
Creating a machine that can perform the delicate work of picking an apple is tricky – and farmworkers say it could be a benefit

Jyoti Madhusoodanan

28, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?
Twenty years ago, the anti-GM movement had wide backing. Experts say the current mood on gene editing is softer

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

27, May, 2022 @1:03 PM

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Microplastics in sewage: a toxic combination that is poisoning our land | George Monbiot
Policy failure and a lack of enforcement have left our waterways and farmland vulnerable to ‘forever chemicals’, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

26, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Gene editing could increase food security, UK adviser says
Legislation introduced in House of Lords aims to help speed up development of gene-edited products

Linda Geddes and Severin Carrell

24, May, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Globalisation of food production has left millions hungry | Letters
Letters: Edward Davey says heads of state need to act with urgency to address the global food crisis. Plus letters from Benny Dembitzer and Brian Fish

Letters

23, May, 2022 @5:34 PM

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Apocalypse now? The alarming effects of the global food crisis
The Bank of England governor warned last week of ‘apocalyptic’ food price rises. Yet war in Ukraine, climate change and inflation are already taking their toll all over the world

Simon Tisdall

21, May, 2022 @1:25 PM

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The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the same | George Monbiot
Massive food producers hold too much power – and the regulators scarcely understand what is happening. Sound familiar, asks Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

19, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Organic food production may be key to saving our land | Letter
Letter: Simon Fairlie responds to George Monbiot’s article on farming and sustainable food production

Letters

15, May, 2022 @4:05 PM

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Bill Gates: ‘Vaccines are a miracle. It’s mind-blowing somebody could say the opposite’
The Microsoft co-founder takes questions from scientists, academics and readers on Ukraine, Covid, Jeffrey Epstein and more

Tim Lewis

15, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Caesar’s favourite herb was the Viagra of ancient Rome. Until climate change killed it off
Perfume, tonic – even love potion – silphium was prized by the ancient Romans, but in its success lay the seeds of its own downfall

James Tapper

15, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The Observer view on reforming the restrictions on GM foods | Observer editorial
A revolution is coming within agriculture and the UK needs to be at its head

Observer editorial

15, May, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Disease-resistant pigs and oily plants – why UK scientists seek to alter food genes
Experts welcome planned laws on the use of genetic technology, but say growing global crises demand urgent action

Robin McKie Science Editor

14, May, 2022 @4:23 PM

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