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Policymakers’ choice of seawater intakes highlights California’s troubling embrace of unproven technologies.


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Opinion: On Global GMO Regulation

By | February 25, 2015

Advances in genome-editing technologies have made modifying crops easier than ever before. They’ve also clouded the already murky realm of genetically modified foods.

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Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists

By | October 1, 2014

Academia is not producing sufficient PhDs in the plant sciences to solve the crop production challenges facing a rapidly growing population.


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Opinion: Bumblebees in Trouble

By | June 30, 2014

Commercialization has sickened wild bumblebees around the world. Can we save them? 


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Opinion: Restoring Tomato Flavor

By | August 28, 2013

Commercial tomatoes rarely have that fresh vine-ripened flavor that everyone loves, but the ideal recipe for tomato taste is now known. Will growers embrace the new cultivars?


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Opinion: Paradoxical Amphibians

By | February 7, 2013

New amphibian species are being discovered at an exciting rate, yet they are also the vertebrates most at risk of extinction.


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Opinion: Keep Animals in the Classroom

By | January 3, 2013

The release of non-native organisms into the environment by high school teachers should not be used as an argument to stop teaching by hands-on demonstration.


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Opinion: Teaching Science Without Harm

By | January 3, 2013

Animal dissections are not needed in education.


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Opinion: Evolving CO2-Hungry Crops

By and | December 4, 2012

Breeding plants that can convert more carbon dioxide to food could help feed a growing population.

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Opinion: Fishy Deaths

By | October 29, 2012

Record fish die-offs in the Midwest call for a fresh look at how humans are disrupting the planet’s essential water cycle.

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