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Fresh from European ban victory, anti-chemical activists turn their sites on Canada, targeting neonicotinoid pesticides as a ‘bee killer’

There is an inevitable consequence when technically inexpert politicians and politically-influenced bureaucrats allow public policy to be driven by dogmatic ...
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Center for Science in the Public Interest calls for national registry for CRISPR-edited crops to address consumer biotech concerns

I am often asked which genetically engineered (GM) crops have entered the U.S. food supply. The question can be answered ...
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How the USDA could help foster a technological ‘revolution’ in agriculture

Anyone paying passing attention to the agricultural sector understands that it is in the middle of an “agtech” revolution. Innovations ...
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Viewpoint: California’s science-challenged Proposition 65 toxic chemical regulation act at center of ‘tort shakedown’ racket

My wife and I recently celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary in South Lake Tahoe, situated on the border of California ...
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Vietnam’s glyphosate ban: Beginning of a dangerous global trend?

Vietnam’s decision to ban farmers from using glyphosate is troubling in three ways: it appears to rely on decisions set ...
With its biotech scientists forced overseas, New Zealand should rethink strict GMO rules, official says

With its biotech scientists forced overseas, New Zealand should rethink strict GMO rules, official says

New Zealand has a proud history of innovators and pioneering entrepreneurs who have turned ideas into world-beating businesses. It is ...
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CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna: Gene-edited foods could hit stores by 2024

While ethicists debate the applications of blockbuster gene-editing tool Crispr in human healthcare, an inventor of the tool believes it has ...
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Viewpoint: Mainstream Arnold Foundation now major funder of fringe anti-GMO USRTK while Organic Consumers Association cuts support

US Right To Know may now be too poisonous even for the Organic Consumers Association ...
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Lab-grown meat startups see profitable future in Canada

Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the ...
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Drought, neonicotinoid insecticide ban cut EU’s canola yields 18 percent, USDA reports

The European Union is picking a good time to produce its second straight subpar rapeseed crop. The United States Department ...
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Food companies pursue ‘glyphosate free’ certification as Roundup-cancer legal battle rages

Companies are increasingly enrolling in a voluntary certification program that provides glyphosate-free labels for their products, as consumers grow more wary of ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: The biotech advocate anti-GMO groups ‘love to hate’

Facing a tide of anti-GMO activism, [UC Davis animal geneticist Alison] Van Eenennaam has taken it upon herself to advocate ...
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Pakistan announces field trials of 85 GMO pest-resistant Bt cotton varieties

The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has announced that 93 new cotton varieties will undergo National Coordinated Varietal Trials (NCVT) in four ...
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Viewpoint: Roundup on trial—speculative glyphosate-cancer lawsuits based on ‘junk science’

“The art of junk science is to brush away just enough detail to reach desired conclusions, while preserving enough to ...
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Will glyphosate residue in beer and wine raise your cancer risk? If you drink 8 gallons a day

How much should we be worried? Not at all ...
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EU adopts new rules to quell mistrust of food safety studies based on industry data

New rules designed to increase transparency in the EU food safety risk assessment process have been adopted. The European Parliament ...
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GMO AquAdvantage salmon labeling questions resurface

AquaBounty Technologies, creator of the first-ever salmon genetically engineered for commercial production, doesn’t have to notify Canadian buyers that its ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Naïve’ calls for glyphosate ban threaten higher food prices, resurgence of more toxic pesticides

The unintended consequences of glyphosate bans are many and potentially severe ...
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High production costs, regulation: Obstacles keeping lab-grown meat off our plates

The thought I had when the $100 chicken nugget hit my expectant tongue was the one cartoon villains have when ...
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Viewpoint: Biotech industry should rebuild EU’s trust in science to foster farming innovation

The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies ...
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Do ‘loopholes’ in organic, non-GMO labeling rules mislead consumers?

The North Dakota State Collegiate Future Farmers of America and NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted a food information forum to ...
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Deciphering US plans for regulating biotech animal breeding

An overview of the regulation of biotech breeding as it relates to animals, covering some open and unsettled issues.  ...
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Glyphosate trial: Text messages, emails reveal Monsanto’s ‘cozy’ relationship with EPA, plaintiffs’ lawyer argues

As the trial over the world’s most widely used herbicide and its connection to a California couple’s cancer stretches into ...
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China’s lengthy GMO crop approval process cuts US agriculture profits $5 billion over five years

China’s approval process for biotech crops is beset by regulatory hurdles and delays that have cost U.S. companies billions of ...
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‘Bee safe’ pesticides that replaced neonicotinoids may harm pollinators, activist-funded study finds

New pesticides regarded as “bee safe” could actually be causing harm to these vital pollinators when combined with other chemicals ...
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Belgium permits CRISPR-edited corn field trial, halted after landmark EU court decision, to continue

On April 12, 2019 [the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie in Belgium] was granted a permit for its field trial with ...
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Viewpoint: Outgoing FDA chief Scott Gottlieb scored some wins, but dropped the ball on food labeling, gene-edited plants and animals

Gottlieb’s policy proposals for FDA oversight of gene-edited plants and animals were as inexplicable as they were inconsistent with longstanding U.S. policy ...
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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban spurs farmers to abandon canola crops, important resource for bees

When neonicotinoid seed treatments were first banned in flowering crops, control of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape [OSR] ...