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Chemical-intensive industrial agriculture is killing off pollinators, polluting drinking water and causing soil to disappear so fast it could be gone in decades. The USDA must confront climate change and help farmers adopt the regenerative organic farming and grazing practices that create resilience in the face of droughts and floods. Trump’s Monsanto-funded, climate science-denying USDA pick, Sonny Perdue, is the wrong choice.
Gene drives can quickly disseminate genetic modifications in wild populations through an organism’s offspring, prompting some activists to call for it to be shelved. Yet gene drives might not be as effective as activists think. Recent research has identified a major hurdle to using them to eliminate diseases and vanquish invasive pests: evolution. Nature