Agriculture and food


Half-hearted apology, but Séralini damage done

Monday, 2 December 2013

The retraction of a paper claiming genetically modified corn caused cancer in rats leaves serious questions over the journal’s peer-review process, scientists say.


Turbo-charged rice for a hungry world

Friday, 16 August 2013

The world’s population is heading for nine billion raising questions about how we will feed ourselves. Genetics might hold the answer.

Adam Barclay / IRRI

Fields of plenty

Monday, 15 April 2013 - 2 comments

It’s 2063, and life is good. Technology has given Indian farmer Prabhjit Kumar the tools and seeds she needs to feed her family. But can the dream of sustainably feeding the world’s nine billion other mouths be fulfilled?

Australian hopes for wine with more health benefits_COSMOS science magazine

Australian hopes for wine with more health benefits

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.

Be kind to your seafood, study urges_COSMOS science magazine

Be kind to your seafood, study urges

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A lobster thrown live into boiling water may suffer for many seconds, said a scientist who argues that crustaceans can likely feel pain.

Hot chocolate taste better orange cup_Cosmos science magazine

Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup

Monday, 7 January 2013

European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste.


GM corn and cancer: the Séralini affair

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 - 14 comments

Towards the end of September, shocking headlines ricocheted around the world, claiming eating GM food caused cancer. But the truth is much darker: an anti-GM scientist overtly manipulated scientific process and the media to get those headlines. Here’s the story behind the story.

Greenpeace destroys CSIRO wheat GM trial_COSMOS science magazine

Greenpeace destroys CSIRO wheat GM trial

Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 75 comments

In the early hours of July 14, Greenpeace protestors gained illegal entry into an experimental CSIRO operated farm near Canberra and destroyed a crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat.

The coming famine_COSMOS science magazine

The coming famine

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 - 12 comments

What’s even scarier than global warming? Julian Cribb argues that feeding the global appetite in an overpopulated, affluent and resource-scarce world could be the scientific challenge of the era.

X-Ray Peas

Organic food exposed

Thursday, 6 September 2007 - 81 comments

It’s a booming trend, driven by public perception that food produced minus pesticides and fertilisers is healthier and better for the planet. But does the evidence stack up?


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