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How should we regulate GMOs?

Regulation of GMOs must accommodate both scientific developments and public perception of the risks associated with biotechnology.

Bio-refineries could reduce imports of environmentally harmful soy

Animal feed mixed with imported soy beans is a drain on the environment. A new report suggests that environment-friendly protein can be produced in bio-refineries.

Manure can spread antibiotic resistance

Manure from farm stables can promote genes in bacteria that help make them resistant to antibiotics, shows new study.

No scientific proof that organic food is healthier than non-organic food

A major report on organic food cannot say if it is healthier than conventionally farmed products.

Pork ribs get greener

Imported soya is one of the major protein sources in diets for Norwegian pigs. But now the pigs will become more environmentally friendly.

The hated mildew's last struggle?

In a new research breakthrough, scientists have found a natural variant of a gene in wheat that makes it harder for mildew to thrive on the leaves.

Algae: the future sustainable super crop

Research into algae makes it increasingly clear that these plants have huge potential for the sustainable production of everything from food to medicine.

Scientists are "teaching" plants to use insects as a natural defence

Rebreeding crops to attract and reward certain insects will boost their natural defences and cut the use of pesticides, suggest scientists.

Norwegian agri-tech goes global

Norwegian manufacturers of agricultural technology are now getting active support from researchers. Such companies will benefit from new applications and exposure to a global market.

Volcanoes linked to cultural upheaval since early Roman times

Large volcanic eruptions have cooled the global climate many times in the last 2,500 years and coincided with devastating famine across Europe, new research shows.