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The world faces ‘pollinator collapse’? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again

With neither the facts nor the science on their side, environmental advocacy groups are simply pounding the table ...
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Sen. Chuck Schumer: Pesticide industry behind USDA suspension of honeybee population research

Sen. Chuck Schumer on [July 28] blasted the US Department of Agriculture for suspending data collection of the decline of ...
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China’s multi-billion-dollar investment in CRISPR could help feed its ‘massive’ population

[Cell biologist Gao Caixia] is one face of the Chinese government’s bet that CRISPR can transform the country’s food supply ...
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USDA hints that CRISPR gene-edited crops should be allowed in organic farming

USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee [in July] that plants grown with the aid ...
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EU green lights imports of 10 GMO crops following comprehensive safety assessment

On [July 26], the Commission authorized ten genetically modified organisms (GMOs): seven for food and feed uses .... two renewed ...
Bayer faces expensive lawsuit in Brazil as more farmers challenge firm's GMO soy patent

Bayer faces expensive lawsuit in Brazil as more farmers challenge firm’s GMO soy patent

Germany’s Bayer AG, which completed the takeover of U.S.-based Monsanto [in 2018], has been dealt a legal blow in Brazil ...
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Bipartisan congressional group urges FDA to develop ‘workable’ GMO, CRISPR-edited animal rules

More than 20 House Energy & Commerce Committee members sent a letter to acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless on [July 26] ...
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Viewpoint: Non-GMO, organic, gluten free? Demystifying misleading food labels

Take a look at our label guide to know when a label is meaningful and when you’re just throwing away ...
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UK may reject strict EU GMO rules, but nation’s farmers can’t grow biotech crops yet

British farmers could get the chance to plant genetically modified crops as part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans. The new ...
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Infographic: How CRISPR gene editing works

Here's a quick look at the mechanics of CRISPR, courtesy of Euroseeds, a trade association for European seed producers. The ...
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Quest to reduce greenhouse gases needs modern farming techniques, including use of GMOs, not organics, research shows

Modern farming has "uncoupled" itself from greenhouse gas output -- using new technologies, including genetic engineering, to boost crop yields ...
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Time to ‘liberate’ UK farming from EU’s anti-GMO rules

In his first prime ministerial speech [July 24], Boris Johnson called for a “liberation” of the U.K.’s bioscience sector after ...
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Bayer trial: Judge cuts ‘excessive, unconstitutional’ $2 billion Monsanto glyphosate-cancer damages to $86.7 million

A California judge on [July 25] reduced a $2 billion jury verdict, slashing the award for a couple who blamed ...
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One year after EU decision to regulate CRISPR crops as GMOs, 120 research institutions call for updated plant breeding rules

Scientists from 120 European research institutions support an open statement [arguing] that crops created using gene-editing techniques should not be ...
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Virus-resistant gene-edited tomato won’t be regulated as GMOs, USDA says

Gene-edited tomatoes that are resistant to common viruses can be introduced into the U.S. without coming under federal regulations for ...
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Viewpoint: There will be no crop biotech revolution unless scientists, consumers learn to talk to each other

It is imperative that scientists bridge the gap and enable an open, global dialogue so that all are informed ...
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Ugandan farmers clamor for access to GMO crops—a year after parliament passes biosafety bill

Almost a year since the passing of the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Act (GERA), farmers are still waiting on the commercialization ...
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Short on time, US regulators scramble to streamline CRISPR-edited plant, animal rules

All three of the federal agencies charged with regulating bioengineered plants and animals are looking at ways of streamlining regulations ...
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Is ‘Big Ag’ getting into the cannabis business?

When Mowgli Holmes and his childhood friend Nishan Karassik founded Phylos Bioscience in 2014 they had one major goal: to ...
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Kenyan scientists lobby for GMO Bt cotton approval to cut pesticide use

Mwea cotton farmers in Kirinyaga have expressed concern over the high cost of pesticides. They say they have to dig ...
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Blockchain could help keep ‘counterfeit’ products out of organic, non-GMO certification schemes

More and more food products and beverages are branded and accompanied by a variety of certification schemes. For instance, organic ...
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Kenya field trial shows Bt cotton boosts yields four-fold

“The results from the biotech cotton have demonstrated the potential that it has in transforming the textile industry in the ...
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EU food-testing labs must track unapproved CRISPR crop imports—but there’s no easy way to do it

A landmark European court ruling that made gene-edited crops subject to the same stringent regulations as other genetically modified organisms ...
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‘GMO is too simplistic’: Why industrial microbes need their own classification system

ASTM International is the global leader in voluntary technical standards. If you’ve ever worn a bicycle helmet, for example, you’ve ...
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Viewpoint: Organic farmer’s New York Times opinion piece perpetuates ‘fantasy’ of small growers feeding the world

Barber’s perspective on GM and patented seeds follow the party line of the organic industry ...
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African media urged to consider ‘national interest’ in reporting on GMOs

Journalists and scientists are urging African media to consider the “national interest” when reporting on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to ...
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India’s anti-GMO activists claim biotech eggplant contains ‘poison’ in bid to end illegal crop cultivation

There is no scientific evidence to prove that genetically modified crops are unsafe, the Union Environment Ministry told  [parliament on ...
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Home-field advantage in Missouri trial could boost Bayer’s fortunes in glyphosate-cancer legal battle

Bayer .... facing an upcoming trial in St. Louis over allegations that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, has recruited ...