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Viewpoint: ‘GMO,’ ‘non-GMO,’ ‘Organic’—let’s put an end to meaningless food labels

Food labeling has reached a feverpitch. But it hasn’t made shopping for healthy food any easier. A recent survey by the International ...
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Will Canada rethink its proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides?

Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may ...
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41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?

Among other lapses, The Zhang paper does not mention the serious science and ethical questions raised pertaining to IARC’s assessment ...
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Why neonicotinoid pesticides don’t deserve a ‘deadly to bees’ label

While some activists blame the popular class of pesticides for bee deaths, research suggests there are many contributing factors. And ...
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Fact checking Senator Elizabeth Warren: Does Monsanto dominate the global seed market?

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has put regulating the power of large firms at the center of her campaign. She often ...
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Monsanto weed killer Roundup harms beneficial gut bacteria, lawsuit claims

Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup ...
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New Hampshire considers ban on pesticides some claim are toxic to bees

New Hampshire lawmakers on [February 12] will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic ...
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Slow-moving bureaucracy in the Philippines could block launch of new GMO soybeans in US, Canada

A Philippines regulator poses an unexpected obstacle to DowDuPont’s launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans in the ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA’s new ‘GMO label’ is meaningless

A meaningless label you want, a meaningless label you shall have ...
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Kenya’s support for GMO crops likely to influence East Africa

For nearly 20 years, Kenya has attempted to adopt the better-yielding and disease- and drought-tolerant crop varieties bred through genetic ...
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Pro-organic groups petition USDA to exclude hydroponic farming from organic certification

The Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the Department of Agriculture Jan. 16 urging the agency to exclude hydroponically grown ...
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Deep dive into the science and history of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killer

The science behind the product, the fight over glyphosate, and the research behind the formulations ...
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Monsanto wins arbitration ruling against Indian seed company in dispute over GMO cotton patent

German drugmaker Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit has won proceedings against Indian seed maker Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) in a royalty ...
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New Brazilian government backs indigenous tribe fined in 2018 for embracing modern agriculture and growing GMO crops

Brazil’s new government is backing an indigenous tribe that was fined under the previous administration for commercial farming practices banned ...
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Cattle industry fights to preserve ‘meat’ label as plant-based meat-like products proliferate

The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat ...
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Scientists battle for consumer approval as crop gene-editing revolution advances

Genome, or gene, editing is regarded by scientists as the biggest technical advance in bioscience since “recombinant DNA” technology — ...
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Argentina delays commercial release of drought-tolerant GMO wheat, assessing trade disruptions

Although the new drought-tolerant transgenic wheat developed by an Argentine company has the support of President Macri, the Minister of ...
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Federal judge dismisses ‘key’ claims against Monsanto in dicamba drift lawsuit

A federal judge in Missouri dismissed several claims in a class action brought by farmers claiming agrochemical giant Monsanto sold ...
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Rebellion against Europe’s ‘innovation-killing’ crop gene editing regulations grows among scientists, frustrated member states

Will Europe continue to be a science backwater? Does gene editing have a future in this part of the world? ...
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CRISPR gene editing: Using ‘nature’s own tools’ to combat food waste and climate change

A new technique is sneaking in our lives, potentially changing the foods we eat every day. From growing resilient crops, ...
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Glyphosate ban could fuel spread of invasive plant species, conservationists fear

The threat to public lands posed by invasive plant species is increasing by about ten million acres each year, and ...
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Viewpoint: Do organic farms really produce ‘chemical free, healthier food’?

The multi-billion-dollar organic industry is thriving in large part because of dishonesty ...
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European farmers dig up thousands of hectares of crops following detection of banned GMO canola seeds

Bayer said on [February 6] that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed [canola] ...
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Confused about the USDA’s bioengineered food labels? Here’s everything you need to know

In December 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized the standards for mandatory “GMO” labeling by releasing the ...
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Viewpoint: Michelob’s ‘Pure Gold’ organic beer won’t preserve your health or the environment

Beer companies often use sex to sell their beers, but Michelob Ultra is reinventing the beer commercial by advertising something ...
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AAAS fiasco just got messier—After member revolt, data-less news release linking glyphosate to kidney disease pulled, Freedom and Responsibility award will not be presented, for now

Editor's note: After this blog was posted, on February 6, the American Association for the Advancement of Science tweeted that ...
Russia threatens to restrict soy imports from Brazil over use of controversial weed killer glyphosate

Russia threatens to restrict soy imports from Brazil over use of controversial weed killer glyphosate

The Russian government has informed Brazil that it may adopt temporary import restrictions on soybeans if Brazilian producers do not ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s bioengineered food rules will confuse consumers and could cost $200 million per year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created what may be the most bewildering, least cost-effective regulation ever. In July 2016, ...