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European countries can ban pesticides even if approved by EU, continent’s highest court rules

Europe’s highest court [European Court of Justice, ECJ] has concluded that member states have the right to ban pesticides even ...
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‘Farmers aren’t stupid.’ If ‘regenerative agriculture’ worked, they’d embrace it, New Zealand dairy scientist says

This is a call to make it clear that what is being suggested by environmentalists will limit our ability to ...
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Viewpoint: Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs

The anti-GMO movement dominated the public discourse about crop biotechnology for decades. Led by committed activists who knew how to ...
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Viewpoint: We have a food-waste problem, but cutting meat consumption won’t solve it

Most commercial produce is bought and discarded within two days. It can't even be given to food shelters or homeless ...
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France enacts more glyphosate weedkiller restrictions as it moves toward full ‘phase out’ by 2021

France’s health and environment agency announced restrictions on weedkiller glyphosate in farming, but stopped short of a full ban in ...
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Europe’s pro-organic ‘green deal’ threatens US farmers who sustainably grow GM crops, USDA claims

Washington could complain to the World Trade Organization if the European Union goes ahead with a farming strategy that it ...
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France poised to suspend neonics pesticide ban to help farmers, over objections from Greenpeace

French lawmakers on Tuesday (6 October) approved a draft bill allowing sugar beet growers to use pesticides that are banned ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR pioneers awarded Nobel Prize. Will EU embrace the technology to boost food production?

CRISPR-Cas, the technique with which DNA in cells can be cut with ‘genetic scissors,’ has been awarded the Nobel Prize ...
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Biotech milestone: Argentina could be first nation to approve GM drought-tolerant wheat

The Argentine government will approve drought-tolerant transgenic wheat variety HB4 from biotechnology company Bioceres, according to an official resolution to ...
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Regulate all chemicals in food? Two experts say that’s an ‘absurd (and impossible) exercise’

A recent CNN article about the FDA oversight of chemicals in foods is puzzling.  Author Sandee LaMotte regurgitates a ludicrous demand by ...
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‘Percy’ director defends anti-Monsanto film against charges of inaccuracy from farmers

The director of a new film about a Saskatchewan grain farmer’s legal fight with biotech giant Monsanto says the drama ...
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Fraud investigation reveals 3-continent-wide organic fruit trading ‘scam’

In January 2017, Chilean customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower: The country's prized crop of raspberries was ...
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Conspiracy promoter Mike ‘Health Ranger’ Adams built online disinformation Natural News online empire that subverts science, report finds

Alternative health guru and conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, founder of the popular website Natural News, has been identified as the ...
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Pesticide safety basics: How does the EPA protect consumers from harmful chemicals?

In our blogs, we often reference Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety levels or “tolerances” when discussing [pesticide] residues. But how ...
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Viewpoint: EU approves new herbicide resistant GMO soy for human and feed consumption, but won’t allow its farmers to grow it

[EU regulators recently] approved Bayer’s new XtendFlex soybeans for food and animal-feed use. Bayer’s latest GMO is resistant to three ...
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Cuban president says GM crops and agroecology can help sustainably boost food production

One of the Cuban government’s priorities is to achieve the highest possible agricultural production with the decisive contribution of science ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticide residues on food could be 100,000 times higher—and still wouldn’t harm your health

The idea that “nonorganic” produce, typically referred to as “conventional” produce, is unsafe to eat is pervasive, and it largely ...
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Colombian anti-biotech groups losing on two fronts? Push for GMO ban slows, while government green lights first gene-edited crop

Editor's note: The author of this story has informed the GLP that new information has come to light, and asked ...
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No evidence GMO chestnut trees harm humans, animals or the environment, developers tell USDA

Researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have developed Darling 58 American ...
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Neonicotinoids pesticide ban decimates UK canola yields—encouraging imports of neonics-treated canola

UK oilseed rape yields and crop area have declined dramatically after a year of extreme weather and uncontrollable crop decimation ...
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Europe approves imports of new GM herbicide-resistant soy, despite objections from Green Party, organic advocates

The genetically modified (GM) soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved after a comprehensive authorization procedure, including a scientific assessment by the ...
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Top EU farm officials back gene editing, call for efforts to assuage concern about ‘unintended impacts’

The European Commission’s top agriculture civil servant said [October 1] he supports controversial gene-editing technologies, but called for more “assurances” ...
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How do we know GM crops don’t harm people with food allergies?

Genetically modified crops can offer a range of environmental and health benefits, such as reduced usage of chemical pesticides, improved ...
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‘Brussels Effect’: Europe’s CRISPR crop rules may have ‘costly’ international economic impacts

The CJEU decision of July 2018 has far‐reaching economic implications, given that products derived through the application of NPBTs are ...
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Nigeria’s maize import ban could boost adoption of GM varieties

Though a ban on maize imports could accelerate Nigeria’s adoption of genetically modified (GM) TELA maize, it may be two ...
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Podcast: Monsanto v Percy Schmeiser; Experts spread misinformation, too; Fasting a fad diet?

Just-released courtroom drama 'Percy' tells the David vs. Goliath story of a Canadian farmer's battle against Monsanto. Did the film ...
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Bayer faces fast-approaching deadline to settle glyphosate-cancer litigation before new trials begin

Bayer AG is up against a fast-approaching deadline to settle remaining lawsuits over its Roundup weedkiller or face the prospect ...
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Viewpoint: International anti-GMO groups wage PR war to get gene-edited crops out of Latin America

Imagine for a moment that you're a farmer. Genetically modified crops that could help you protect your yields from voracious ...