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  • The new kids on the block in plant breeding

    You probably haven’t heard of them – unless you’re a plant breeding researcher, an anti-GMO activist or work in the seed industry – but they’re the new kids on the block desperately trying to fit in. They’re collectively called new (plant) breeding techniques (NBTs) which is just a technical name introduced by the European Commission.[i]…

  • A tale of subsidies and regulation: Britain’s farmers and Brexit

    Brexit is the hot topic in Brussels, especially since last week’s plan from European Council President Donald Tusk on how to avoid it. While much time and effort has been spent lobbying the British public, one influential group has yet to officially make up its mind: British farmers. While British farmers as an electorate will…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • New plant breeding techniques: Stuck in the lab or market potential?

    New plant breeding techniques (NBTs) – modern biotechnology methods used to improve crops – may become the next big thing for the seed industry. Seed breeders see huge market potential in them, with their ability to bring new characteristics to crops such as enhanced nutritional value and better resilience to climate extremes. But the seed…

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