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Pesticide-spraying drones accelerate sustainable farming as governments relax regulations

Move over dogs – drones are a farmer’s new best friend! In just a few years there’s been a huge ...
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Video: World has lots of food, but COVID-19 trade restrictions hamper supermarket restocking efforts

The food industry is struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Restrictions on transportation links that move ...
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GMO and organic crops can coexist with minimal risk of contamination, multiple studies confirm

In 2020, the world accommodates nearly 7.8 billion people. By 2050, world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. With ...
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Norwegians see advantages to gene editing food

Norwegian consumers are receptive to using gene editing tools in agriculture if they bring social, economic and environmental benefits, a ...
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Viewpoint: 6 debunked anti-GMO talking points activists should abandon for good

The public still accepts some blatant untruths about biotechnology, food safety, and sustainability ...
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Viewpoint: Africa’s battle against locust swarms exposes folly of fearing pesticides and GMOs

Europeans are panic-buying in the supermarkets around the continent .... The retailers are being overrun, but the only real shortage ...
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Coronavirus may force massive changes to restaurant industry, including customer temperature checks

Many are dreaming about what they'll do when the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. People are already imagining their first ...
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With approval to plant GMO insect-resistant Bt cowpea, Nigerian farmer says her nation can lead Africa’s biotech ‘revolution’

I haven’t wanted to plant cowpea here in Nigeria because the plant suffers from one of the worst enemies imaginable: ...
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95.5% of Europe’s produce below legal pesticide limits, posing little risk to consumers, food safety officials say

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based ...
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Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the ...
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Coronavirus presents ‘looming food crisis,’ FAO warns

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the global coronavirus pandemic may trigger a “looming food ...
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New GMO crops are coming, but why do just four companies develop so many of them?

In November, Science magazine .... described how corn breeding researchers were able to activate a gene that regulated corn growth ...
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EPA green lights weedkiller for use on GMO soy, helping farmers control herbicide-resistant weeds

[March 30], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, ...
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Restricting trade to clamp down on coronavirus may lead to food shortages

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, fears of a deep global recession are mounting. Some also fear that food supplies ...
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Viewpoint: LA restaurants tried to sell groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did the city shut them down?

A few Los Angeles restaurants struggling to maintain footing amid the COVID-19 outbreak identified a clever way to generate revenue ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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Podcast: Science writer Michael Specter on what you should know about the coronavirus, food security and GMOs

Science writer, New Yorker contributor and author of the book Denialism Michael Specter joins Felix Salmon on the Slate Money ...
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Bayer settles Roundup weedkiller false advertising lawsuit for $39.5 million

Bayer AG agreed to pay $39.5 million to settle allegations that its Monsanto unit ran misleading ads about the controversial ...
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Fact checking COVID-19 Facebook posts: Philippines, Sri Lanka aren’t killing coronavirus with aerial pesticide spraying

Purported advisories urging residents to stay indoors while national air force helicopters spray disinfectant over homes to kill off the ...
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Local officials in Uganda want scientists to help counter nation’s influential anti-GMO activists

Local government officials from over 10 districts in Central Uganda warned scientists of biotech critics whose efforts they claimed were ...
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Following neonicotinoid insecticide ban, UK canola growers ask government to cover crop losses from pest infestations

Since the ban on neonics, the UK area of oilseed rape has progressively fallen year on year. What’s more, following ...
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French agriculture minister says glyphosate key to sustainable farming, raising doubts about proposed weedkiller bans

France’s agriculture minister has declared glyphosate is an essential tool of the agroecological transition, raising hopes of a change in ...
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Oil from GMO canola, high in omega-3 fatty acids, poised to hit US stores in mid-2020

A newly emerging omega-3 canola oil is set to be available in the market by the second quarter of 2020 ...
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India cancels royalties seed companies pay Bayer for GMO cotton, threatening foreign investment in nation’s biotech crop sector

India has axed the royalties that local seed companies pay to German drugmaker Bayer AG for Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) ...
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Consumer GMO fears could halt UK’s post-Brexit embrace of biotechnology

Since securing his premiership and withdrawal from the EU, Johnson has repeatedly made a point of championing deregulation and divergence ...
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Viewpoint: Avoid these 6 bogus labels at the grocery store to save money

Are you paying more for certain food labels? Who can blame you! With the rise of labels and wanting to ...
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Will our ‘insatiable desire’ to eat meat cause the next disease pandemic?

It’s easy for those of us in the Western world to shake our heads at the live wildlife markets in ...
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Viewpoint: Activist campaign against synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and GMOs a pending ‘disaster’ for our food supply

‘Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.’ Those were ...