Volume 94 Issue 34 | pp. 32-38
Issue Date: August 29, 2016

Cover Story

Transforming agriculture, again

A consolidating industry scrambles to harness a wave of innovation that is nothing like today’s seeds and chemicals
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: agriculture, gene editing, big data, climate change, drought

A new day is dawning for agriculture. When asked to describe the magnitude of the coming change, experts harken back to seminal advances such as the rise of mechanization, the invention of synthetic fertilizers and crop protection chemicals, and the advent of transgenic crops.

Within the next five years—less time than it takes to discover and commercialize a new agricultural chemical—gene editing will transform seed and trait development across a wide variety of crops. A . . .

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