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Tractors block German roads as farmers ‘vent frustration’ over pesticide and other agriculture regulations

Several hundred tractors blockaded roads across Germany on [Jan. 17] as farmers vented their frustration over environmental regulations. The vehicles ...
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Scientists and farmers dispute ag minister’s claim that Ghana doesn’t need GMOs

Scientists and farmers warn that Ghana’s agricultural sector will struggle if the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is delayed ...
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Ben & Jerry’s drops ‘happy’ cows marketing claim, following lawsuit alleging it misleads consumers about animal welfare

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. has dropped the claim that the milk for its ice cream comes from "happy" cows ...
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Burkina Faso ‘farmer of the year’ calls for return of Bt cotton

Wiledio Naboho, the 2019 Alliance for Science Farmer of the Year, is mounting fresh pressure on the Burkina Faso government ...
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Activist groups Greenpeace, PETA added to UK counter-terror list

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other ...
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EPA to decide the future of dicamba, neonicotinoids and other controversial pesticides in 2020

The EPA this year will deliver important decisions to U.S. agriculture, including on chlorpyrifos, glyphosate, the neonicotinoids, pyrethroids, atrazine and ...
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Luxembourg outlines plan to ban glyphosate weed killer in January 2021

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is in the process of becoming the first country to ban the use of the ...
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Bayer close to settling more than 75,000 glyphosate-cancer lawsuits, mediator says

Bayer AG’s settlement of cancer lawsuits over its Roundup weed-killer may be only weeks away and is likely to cover ...
US-China deal reduces trade barriers for GMO crops, says USDA's Sonny Perdue

US-China deal reduces trade barriers for GMO crops, says USDA’s Sonny Perdue

U.S. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between ...
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Viewpoint: Historical opposition to tractors in farming mirrors modern campaign against GMO crops

[T]ractors made farm work more efficient and lowered food prices, but they also drove many farmers out of business. Farms ...
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Oil from CRISPR-edited Camelina plants could be fast-tracked for commercialization following USDA approval

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. [Jan. 16] announced that it has submitted an “Am I Regulated?” letter to USDA-APHIS’s Biotechnology Regulatory Services ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Archaic’ FDA regulation hinders animal gene-editing innovation

Around the world, countries are experimenting, implementing, and – importantly – properly regulating gene editing in livestock. China has been ...
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Does organic mean ‘pesticide free’? 5 things to know about the USDA organic label

Here's what you're actually getting for that 'organic' premium price ...
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Using GMO technology to restore the blight-devastated American chestnut: State University of New York awarded breakthrough $3.2 million Templeton Foundation grant

[The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry] has received its largest-ever charitable gift, $3.2 million, ...
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EPA rejects New York Times’ allegation that agriculture, chemical industries ‘control’ environmental regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency unloaded [Jan. 14] on the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of “extreme bias” for running ...
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India moves to restrict cultivation of illegal but easily acquired GMO herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant cotton

Amid reports of cultivation of [an] unapproved variety of transgenic HTBt [herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant] cotton seeds, the Union environment ministry has ...
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Judge rebuffs lawsuit challenging FDA authority to regulate AquAdvantage GMO salmon as a drug

Remember the GMO salmon? It was created by a company called AquaBounty back in 1989 and approved by the Food ...
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EU Green Party aims to halve synthetic pesticide use by 2025, phase it out completely in 15 years

The EU’s European Green Deal drafters may have succeeded in dodging some of the most immediately contentious issues in the ...
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EU bans Bayer neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid, citing threat to human reproductive health, bees

The European Commission decided on [Jan. 13] not to renew approval for a pesticide linked to harming bees, effectively banning ...
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Meet the farmer who sold more than $140 million in ‘fake’ organic products over a decade

Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d ...
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Bayer attorney says televising upcoming glyphosate-cancer trial could threaten Monsanto employees’ safety

Letting TV cameras into a trial over the safety of Roundup herbicide might put witnesses and employees at Bayer AG’s ...
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Monsanto may seek bankruptcy protection without favorable deal in glyphosate litigation settlement talks, Bayer lawyers warn

Bayer AG’s settlement talks over tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer are heating up as ...
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Nigeria gears up for two GMO crops in the 2020 planting season

Nigeria made significant progress in agricultural biotechnology in 2019, approving two genetically modified (GM) crops — pest-resistant Bt cotton and ...
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Skeptical meat eaters and complex regulations could slow Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat expansion into China

Over the last couple of years, Impossible Foods and its main rival, Beyond Meat, have gone from start-ups with niche ...
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EPA poised to approve new Bt-based insecticide Bta ABTS 1857 to help beekeepers battle destructive wax moth pest

EPA is proposing to register a pesticide product containing Bacillus thuringiensis .... to prevent and control wax moths in beehives ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam explains how the CRISPR gene editing ‘revolution’ can improve our food

The final instalment of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution is an interview with Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a livestock ...
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France’s new pesticide-free zones threaten country’s vineyards, winegrowers say

The idea of so-called pesticide-free zones (or non-treatment zones) has gradually emerged as a solution to protect against the harmful ...
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USDA, FDA, EPA launch website to promote ‘science-based’ agriculture biotechnology rules

[I]n recognition of January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration ...