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The Blurring Line Between Big Food and Little Food

It’s a curious feature of our culture that when we spell the word “Big” with a capital B, we often mean “bad.” Big business. Big government. Big Ag. These Bigs aren’t admiring adjectives. When we use Big like this, we are invoking our instinctive American fear of too much power being concentrated in too few hands.

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First Step Taken Toward Epigenetically Modified Cotton

Scientists have produced a ‘methylome’ for domesticated cotton and its wild ancestors, a powerful new tool to guide breeders in creating cotton with better traits based on epigenetic changes. It’s an important step towards a new way of improving crops, called epigenetic breeding, say researchers. Read more

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