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COVID halts global GM crop approvals, hitting poor farmers in developing countries hardest

The demand rising from COVID-19 has ramped up vaccines using various genetic modification technologies, but when it comes to agriculture, ...
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EU opposition to GM crops encourages hunger in developing nations, US trade official warns

A senior U.S. official blasted EU plans for greener farming on [October 27], accusing Brussels of risking worldwide starvation by ...
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EPA backs Bayer appeal in glyphosate-cancer case, arguing juries shouldn’t override expert scientific judgments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is backing the Monsanto Co.’s claim that federal law should have pre-empted a lawsuit alleging ...
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Philippines earns an extra $972.6 million after 16 years of growing GM crops

Renowned economist Graham Brookes presented the global economic and environmental impacts of biotech crops from 1996 to 2018 for Thai ...
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EPA re-registers drift-prone dicamba weedkiller, relieving some farmers and frustrating others who fear crop damage

Farmers can continue to use dicamba for five years, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said [October 27], offering certainty to cotton ...
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Podcast: Anti-GMO ‘documentaries’; Cancel culture v Darwin? Biotech chestnut trees

So-called 'cancel culture' has already taken down a handful of prominent scientists and philosophers, living and deceased. One evolutionary biologist ...
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Viewpoint: Swayed by anti-GMO groups, biotech pioneer Mexico lurches toward GM crop ban

“There is currently enough food in the world to feed 10 billion people,” writes the anti-GMO environmental group Green America ...
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Bayer urges court to overturn $20M glyphosate-cancer verdict, objecting to ‘unreliable expert testimony’

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto urged three Ninth Circuit judges on [Ocotber 23] to overturn a jury’s verdict finding the weed killer ...
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Plant-based meats can be labeled ‘burgers’ in Europe, encouraging consumers to eat fewer animal products

Veggie burger enthusiasts can rejoice after the European Parliament on [October 23] rejected a measure to ban use of the ...
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‘Science diplomacy’: What the Cold War can teach Africa about battling hunger with GM crops

It can be said the main problems facing the world are international in nature. No country can stand up today ...
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5 steps African governments should take to keep food systems intact when the next pandemic hits

COVID-19 has hit world economies hard, and the agricultural sector is no exception. Restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of ...
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Glyphosate on trial: California Supreme Court rejects request from Bayer to review first Roundup-cancer verdict

Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co. lost a bid for the California Supreme Court to review the first multimillion-dollar jury award to ...
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Viewpoint: Rush to develop COVID vaccine highlights failure of Europe’s GM crop regulations

In a recent article of mine published in the journal, Global Food Security, I highlight the EU’s reluctance to move ...
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Replacing pesticides: Expected chlorpyrifos ban spurs development of more sustainable insecticides

A broad-spectrum insecticide that kills all arthropods in its path, chlorpyrifos was used for decades throughout the US .... But ...
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Scare talk debunked: GMOs, pesticides and antibiotics don’t make conventional food unsafe

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently cautioned Americans not to fear their food. That’s an amazing thing for any public official ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s pro-organic Farm to Fork policy will ‘cripple’ an already inefficient agriculture system

The EU’s “Farm to fork (F2F) strategy”  announced in May, is “the heart of the “Green Deal,” a kind of ...
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EU agriculture ministers back pro-organic Farm 2 Fork plan, but support gene editing to boost sustainable food production

The EU should make use of innovative breeding technologies to boost sustainability of food production, agriculture ministers agreed on [October ...
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Despite activist opposition, Ghana’s scientists seek government approval for GM insect-resistant cowpea

The Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) has announced it will in November officially request approval from the National Biosafety Authority ...
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Podcast: Regulate all food chemicals? Gin and tonics going extinct; GMO pineapple is here!

There are thousands upon thousands of chemicals in food. Should we regulate them all, could we even do it? Gin ...
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‘Rethinking Monsanto’: Ex-GMO skeptic explains what he got wrong about Big Ag and the pitfalls of plant breeding

Beginning in 2010, I embarked on a slow-motion conversion from GMO skeptic to advocate as I began developing a more ...
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Despite federal court ruling, California may put Prop 65 cancer label on glyphosate weedkiller

On October 6, 2020, the California Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) announced it will be meeting on December 11, ...
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World Food Day: Post-pandemic food security and resilience in Bangladesh

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic lays waste to lives and livelihoods in countries around the globe, [October ...
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Gene-edited crops approved by USDA jumps from 7 to 70 between 2019 and 2020

Signaling progress for a new kind of crop engineering, the biotech crop trait firm Cibus says it will move forward ...
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Another study finds glyphosate herbicide kills tumor cells. Is the much-maligned weedkiller a cancer fighter?

If Roundup or one of its ingredients turns out to be an effective cancer treatment, it would be a stunning ...
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Percy Schmeiser, farmer made famous by legal battle with Monsanto, dies at 89

Percy Schmeiser, a Saskatchewan farmer who became famous during his legal battle with biotech giant Monsanto, has died. John Schmeiser ...
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Bayer, BASF claim new chemical mixed with drift-prone dicamba weedkiller can minimize off-target damage

Chemical makers Bayer AG and BASF are pushing to keep a controversial weedkiller on the market after a federal court ...
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Viewpoint: Activists aim to block GM chestnut tree by hyping potential risks and ignoring real benefits

For more than 30 years, the American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) has been engaged in a privately financed program .... to produce ...
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EU’s only cultivated GM crop, insect-resistant Bt corn, poses no risk to humans or the environment, study finds

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA assessed the 2018 post‐market environmental monitoring (PMEM) report on the cultivation ...