biotechnology

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Digging for gold

Monty Waldin
| 3rd March 2009
Once again, Monty Waldin gets down on his hands and knees to pay homage to the cosmic forces bringing flavour and strength to biodynamic wine

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Bio what?

Monty Waldin
| 2nd March 2009
Monty Waldin's thirst for good wines leads him to visit a biodynamic farm. More than just a load of bull, he finds, making rich, complex wines requires quality cow manure

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Jimmy's GM Food Fix

Jonathan Matthews
| 27th November 2008
Last year celebrity pig farmer Jimmy Doherty kept 1000 organically reared pigs, while this year apparently he's raised barely 200. But if Jimmy’s farm is on the skids, the same cannot be said of his career as a media celeb.

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Break Free

Clare Oxborrow
Becky Price
Peter Riley
| 1st November 2008
In the past decade, the sales pitch of the biotech companies has shifted with the climate of public opinion. Public scepticism has remained high, but politicians seem to have bought enthusiastically into the GM ‘solution’. In many ways this encapsulates where science has gone wrong – by inventing technologies without first deciding what problems need addressing. If GM crops are the answer, what exactly is the problem?

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Desert grain

Prof Jack Heinemann
| 1st November 2008
Can food crops really be engineered to thrive - and to yield more - under drought conditions? After 25 years we're still waiting for the flood of evidence, says Prof Jack Heinemann

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Feed the world?

Dr Ricarda A Steinbrecher
Antje Lorch
| 1st November 2008
The promise of more food from increased yields is driving the appeal for more GM crops, but that promise is theoretical and unfulfilled, argue Dr Ricarda A Steinbrecher and Antje Lorch

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Growing concern

Pat Thomas
| 1st November 2008
Genetically modified food. It’s a big issue. Increasingly, we are handed the notion that GM food is just like any other food, only better, because of its almost magical power to solve our most immediate crises of poverty, hunger, fossil-fuel depletion and climate change.

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Are our hands tied?

Clare Oxborrow
Becky Price
Peter Riley
| 1st November 2008
Whether we like it or not, the Government says that we must accept the necessity of genetically modified crops to fuel, feed and heal the world. Leading academics, researchers and campaigners in the GM arena address the science and the spin of the GM 'solution', as well as looking at alternatives that are already contributing to a sustainable farming future.

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GM: Halt the growing threat

Pat Thomas
| 31st October 2008
Growing anxiety, growing concern, growing doubts, growing uncertainty. If you are one of a growing number of people who want to be heard on the subject of GM, and to find out how you can become involved in keeping the future GM-free, here are some places to start.

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Life in the mix

Jim Thomas
| 1st October 2008
From computer games to biohacking, digital designers are ditching music and video in favour of remastering a more exciting medium...

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Mapping Macrobes

Jim Thomas
| 20th August 2008
Mapmaking and conquest has a disturbingly close history. As indigenous people learned, the innocuous mapmaker may be followed by weapons, property claims and exploitation.

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Flask-Grown Flesh

Jim Thomas
| 20th July 2008
If radical vegan Ingrid Newkirk has her way, the nouvelle cuisine on vegetarian menus in five years time may be a big juicy steak.

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