Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Does the organic food industry use deceptive marketing practices to scare wealthy customers away from conventional agriculture and GMOs? The ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups' master plan substitutes 'citizen science' for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups’ master plan substitutes ‘citizen science’ for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

The European Union resisted the lobbying of organic and anti-biotech groups to renew authorization of glyphosate, although only for five ...
Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix 'beleaguered' agency

Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix ‘beleaguered’ agency

With the sudden departure of IARC head Christopher Wild, here's a wish list put together by David Zaruk, who offers ...
Viewpoint: Former US journalist Carey Gillam should stay out of Europe's glyphosate debate

Viewpoint: Former US journalist Carey Gillam should stay out of Europe’s glyphosate debate

A former agricultural reporter at Reuters, Gillam now presents herself as "the Rachel Carson of the GMO debate." Belgian-based risk ...
Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Christopher Portier, special adviser to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is bringing down the reputation ...
Viewpoint: GMO debate needs more innovation, not scientific consensus

Viewpoint: GMO debate needs more innovation, not scientific consensus

[Editor’s note: David Zaruk, who writes under the blog name ‘The Risk-Monger’ is a professor based in Brussels writing on ...
Viewpoint: Attacks against ‘Monsanto shill’ illustrate ridiculous claims of anti-GMO lobbyists

Viewpoint: Attacks against ‘Monsanto shill’ illustrate ridiculous claims of anti-GMO lobbyists

[Editor’s note: David Zaruk is the Risk-Monger. He has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2000, active ...
Should the European Union continue to fund anti-science and unaccountable NGO non-profits?

Should the European Union continue to fund anti-science and unaccountable NGO non-profits?

Public tax money in Europe is being given with limited or no accountability to organizations actively working to undermine consensus ...
How US NGOs are exploiting Europe's precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs

How US NGOs are exploiting Europe’s precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs

Environmental NGOs have a harder time influencing the evidence-based US regulatory system, so they're taking the fight to Europe — ...
To help bees and farmers, EU should roll back 'fear-based' ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

To help bees and farmers, EU should roll back ‘fear-based’ ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

[Editor's note: The following is a letter by David Zaruk, Belgian-based environmental-health journalist specializing in science and public policy, to Vytenis ...
How conflicts of interest, NGO activism undermine European bee health oversight

How conflicts of interest, NGO activism undermine European bee health oversight

The EU recently banned three neonicotinoids to protect honeybees. But a closer look shows the decision was influenced by an ...
Recapping 2016: 10 ways anti-GMO activists put ideology ahead of science

Recapping 2016: 10 ways anti-GMO activists put ideology ahead of science

When they said we would have to add an extra second to the clocks at the end of 2016, there ...
Has WHO's IARC cancer agency, partly funded by US, outlived its usefulness?

Has WHO’s IARC cancer agency, partly funded by US, outlived its usefulness?

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has come under fire from scientists, regulators, and journalists for recently concluding that ...
GMO advocate at faux Monsanto tribunal: My registration canceled and I was forcibly removed

GMO advocate at faux Monsanto tribunal: My registration canceled and I was forcibly removed

Just before the Monsanto Tribunal began, David Zaruk held an event entitled Voice of Farmers, featuring talks from four farmers ...
Will US cut off support for WHO's IARC over pilloried glyphosate cancer report?

Will US cut off support for WHO’s IARC over pilloried glyphosate cancer report?

Regulatory agencies in the US, Europe and most recently Australia have concluded that the International Cancer Research Agency botched its ...
Do anti-GMO activist NGOs falsely represent the broad public will?

Do anti-GMO activist NGOs falsely represent the broad public will?

. . . . NGOs present themselves to policymakers as representative of civil society . . . demanding equal engagement in the ...
Blind precaution: Europe's obsession with Precautionary Principle blocks agricultural innovation

Blind precaution: Europe’s obsession with Precautionary Principle blocks agricultural innovation

The EU has created a regulatory jungle, chocking agricultural innovation, by depending on the non-science based precautionary principle ...

Is precautionary principle in pesticide, GMO regulation making EU import dependent?

The EU’s use of the precautionary principle on agricultural technologies is a bad, broken compass. How far lost are we? ...
Has WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shifted from analysis to advocacy?

Has WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shifted from analysis to advocacy?

What is IARC? What is its relationship with the World Health Organization? Was its designation of glyphosate as 'probably carcinogenic' ...

European Greens block African use of GMOs, fertilizers, pesticides, threatening innovation

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. [On June 8], the ...
In wake of National Academies' GMO report, is public skepticism of biotech waning?

In wake of National Academies’ GMO report, is public skepticism of biotech waning?

A number of recent events have seemed to shift public sentiment favorable towards GMOs. What is behind this change? ...

Will World Health Organization force review of IARC’s glyphosate cancer determination?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. IARC — the International ...
IARC-Gate? Are Europe's anti-chemical enviros conspiring to suppress conflict-of-interest scandal?

IARC-Gate? Are Europe’s anti-chemical enviros conspiring to suppress conflict-of-interest scandal?

Was the WHO agency IARC, that deemed glyphosate a 'probable carcinogen,' guided by an anti-chemical scientist who consults with the ...
To maintain yields without herbicides, U.S. would need 55 million laborers to hand weed crops

To maintain yields without herbicides, U.S. would need 55 million laborers to hand weed crops

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Do you ever wonder ...
Un-trendy reasons NOT to feed your family organic

Un-trendy reasons NOT to feed your family organic

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. When I read Mamavation's ...

Why farmers are offended by buzzwords like ‘sustainable agriculture’

The Risk-Monger spent the day on a large Belgian farm having the opportunity to see the challenges and opportunities farmers ...
Organic pesticides substituted for 'dangerous' neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees

Organic pesticides substituted for ‘dangerous’ neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees

There are two toxic pesticides, Rotenone in Europe and Azadirachtin in the US and Europe, that need to be banned ...
Beegate 3: Conflicts of interest dog European IUCN bee panel as nenonic ban devastates crops

Beegate 3: Conflicts of interest dog European IUCN bee panel as nenonic ban devastates crops

Crops are failing in the first year of the neonicotinoid ban, anti-neonic scientists are tainted by conflicts of interest, the ...