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Farming a ‘climate villain’? IPCC may have inflated greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that agriculture is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases, ...
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Viewpoint: All milk is ‘non-GMO,’ and 4 other facts you should know before you go grocery shopping

Just as you don’t want food with empty calories, avoid food with empty label claims such as “____-free”, “natural”, “farm-raised” ...
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Viewpoint: Plant-based meats promote veganism in ways animal rights activists never could

Author and animal-rights activist Jonathan Safran Foer [author of the book Eating Animals] recently argued in a New York Times ...
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Deal to limit future glyphosate suits against Bayer collapsing, but $10.9 billion settlement likely to hold

The plan concocted by Monsanto owner Bayer AG and a small group of lawyers was filed [in June] in U.S ...
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European Food Safety Authority rebuffs activist criticism of its safety assessment of insect and herbicide resistant GMO crops

The Risk “Assessment of genetically engineered organisms in the EU and Switzerland” (RAGES) project (2016‐2019) evaluated the risk assessment of ...
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Green Party defends Europe’s simultaneous ban on gene-edited crops and use of biotech in medicine

[Editor's note: In June a faction of Germany's Green Party argued it was time the EU revised its strict regulation ...
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Will the Bayer glyphosate settlement fall apart? Judge says he may reject $10.9 billion Monsanto Roundup agreement, saying future plaintiffs might be hurt

[In June] Bayer agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits [alleging its ...
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How the COVID pandemic may have helped Bayer settle crippling glyphosate-cancer litigation

[Editor's note: Biotech giant Bayer recently settled roughly 95,000 lawsuits alleging it Roundup herbicide causes cancer. The $10.9 billion settlement ...
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Podcast: ‘Domino effect’—Activist groups may try to purge more herbicides after court bans drift-prone Dicamba

Farmers were blindsided during the heart of spraying season when a 9th Circuit Court in California vacated the registrations of ...
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Anti-biotech groups call for EU-wide ban on disease-fighting gene drives, defying scientists’ recommendations

[Editor's note: More than 78 European environmental and agricultural organizations have signed a letter calling for a moratorium on gene ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to expand the definition of ‘meat’ to include lab-grown beef

It’s no secret by now that the case against meat keeps getting stronger. The social, environmental and ethical costs of ...
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Viewpoint: Bayer’s $10 billion glyphosate settlement follows familiar pattern of legalized plunder

The only reason Bayer is paying anybody anything is a flawed U.S. tort system that left the company little choice ...
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Viewpoint: Without modern, industrial farming, pandemic would have claimed many more lives

In November of 2019 The Atlantic asked "experts" what they would change if they could go back in time. The ...
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GM insect-resistant, herbicide-tolerant corn poses no health risk, EU food safety officials say

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion which reports ...
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Gene drives: How do we foster innovation without damaging ecosystems?

.... [G]ene drive technology has fundamentally added the ability of humans to modify wild organisms, not only domesticated organisms. With ...
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Viewpoint: Court-enforced dicamba weedkiller ban is about eliminating GMOs, not protecting farmers

....[T]he U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit .... banned the use of Dicamba weed control products at the ...
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Mexico pledges to ban glyphosate weedkiller by 2024 to ‘protect human health and the environment’

“Given the scientific evidence of glyphosate toxicity, demonstrating the impacts on human health and the environment, the Secretariat of Environment ...
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Podcast: Bayer’s $10.9 billion glyphosate settlement a mistake? Vaccines from mosquito spit; CRISPR cures sickle cell disease?

Chemical giant Bayer just settled roughly 95,000 lawsuits alleging its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Has the company given its anti-GMO ...
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China approves imports of 125 GMO crops, animal drugs following strict safety reviews

The five corn and three soybean species have characteristics such as resistance to pests and weed killers. They will only ...
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France’s proposed 2022 glyphosate weedkiller ban would harm conservation agriculture, USDA says

The French government’s agricultural research institute found that banning glyphosate will significantly increase production costs for French farmers practicing no-till ...
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Court order blocking California glyphosate cancer label could spark more legal challenges to Prop. 65

On June 22, 2020, U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb (Eastern District of California) granted summary judgment in favor of ...
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Canadian glyphosate-cancer lawsuits against Bayer may proceed regardless of US settlement

.... [T]he agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, ...
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Farm to Fork tempest: EU defends plan to make 25 percent of agriculture organic, ignoring farmer skepticism

[Editor's note: EU farmers are skeptical of a new government initiative to make 25 percent of Europe's farmland organic by ...
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$10.9 billion Monsanto Roundup settlement does not automatically shield Bayer from ‘flood’ of new glyphosate-cancer lawsuits

[Bayer] on [June 24] agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to end the litigation by U.S. Roundup users ...
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Legal fight over Bayer’s drift-prone dicamba weedkiller ends in $400 million settlement

Bayer will pay up to $400 million to resolve the multi-district litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the ...
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India has access to yield-boosting GMO crops, so why aren’t farmers allowed to grow them?

[India's] Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee .... had first approved GM food crop Bt brinjal in 2009 after a nine-year-long trial ...
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Despite $10.9 billion US glyphosate-cancer settlement, Australia officially maintains weedkiller ‘perfectly safe’

The pesticides giant Bayer agreed .... to pay up to US$10.9bn (A$15.8bn) to settle about 95,000 cases claiming [the glyphosate-based ...
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Viewpoint: Court order blocking California glyphosate cancer label a huge win against ‘junk science’

Federal Judge William Shubb ruled that due to insufficient evidence, California cannot require glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup to be labeled as ...