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Talking Biotech: Ethos Chocolate—the pro-GMO candy brand winning over biotech skeptics

Ethos chocolate hypes its use of GMO ingredients to promote crop biotechnology ...
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Viewpoint: ‘GMO,’ ‘non-GMO,’ ‘Organic’—let’s put an end to meaningless food labels

Food labeling has reached a feverpitch. But it hasn’t made shopping for healthy food any easier. A recent survey by the International ...
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Public opposition to promising CRISPR gene-editing technology is ‘tragic,’ biotech experts say

In one version of the future, beef and dairy animals are disease-free, fruits and vegetables are resistant to viruses, potatoes ...
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41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?

Among other lapses, The Zhang paper does not mention the serious science and ethical questions raised pertaining to IARC’s assessment ...
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Fact checking Senator Elizabeth Warren: Does Monsanto dominate the global seed market?

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has put regulating the power of large firms at the center of her campaign. She often ...
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Podcast: Here’s why scientists don’t call genetically modified plants ‘GMOs’

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, and CRISPR – which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, are used to ...
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The Paltrow effect: When it comes to GMOs, consumers trust ill-educated celebrities more than science. How might farmers respond?

For a world that has largely forsaken religion in favor of science to base its attitudes towards food on nothing ...
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Viewpoint: How ‘lazy journalists’ helped anti-pesticide biologist Tyrone Hayes needlessly scare the public

What do you do when....someone asks to see the raw data that your dubious claims are based on? This was ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time for a debate on precision medicine and its failed promises

Although some niche applications have been found for precision medicine, and gene therapy is now becoming a reality for a ...
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Silent majority? Most Americans may embrace biotech, but vocal anti-GMO minority dominates the conversation

[Citrus greening disease] is threatening to topple the multibillion-dollar citrus industry in the U.S. by infecting millions of acres of ...
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Genetics and race: How do we have this awkward conversation?

Discussing inter-group divergence is largely taboo. So do we just ignore the deluge of data? ...
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Talking Biotech: How AAAS, world’s largest science organization, promoted ‘data-less conspiracy’ linking glyphosate to kidney disease

There is no evidence that glyphosate causes kidney disease. Why does the AAAS say otherwise? ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA’s new ‘GMO label’ is meaningless

A meaningless label you want, a meaningless label you shall have ...
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Many people are confused and concerned about human gene editing. They might just need a ‘better understanding’ of how it works

Genome editing has struck a public nerve in a more profound way than most new medical technologies ...
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Cattle industry fights to preserve ‘meat’ label as plant-based meat-like products proliferate

The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat ...
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Scientists battle for consumer approval as crop gene-editing revolution advances

Genome, or gene, editing is regarded by scientists as the biggest technical advance in bioscience since “recombinant DNA” technology — ...
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Viewpoint: A closer look at Friends of the Earth’s study that found ‘toxic’ pesticides in food

Friends of the Earth....teased us in a media kit with the promise of a science study about finding various weedkillers ...
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Plant scientists: Anti-GMO activism has warped the public’s understanding of biotechnology

Public perception  of genetically engineered (GE) crops is being manipulated by organizations that purport to represent the interests of consumers ...
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Is the anti-GMO movement following PETA’s animal rights activist playbook?

From drenching fields in chemicals to factory farming, there is so much misinformation out there about what happens on today’s ...
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Nonprofit farmer coalition launches chocolate brand Ethos hyping GMO ingredients to ‘demystify’ biotechnology

What claims to be the first pro-GMO chocolate....was launched in February by A Fresh Look, a nonprofit coalition of some ...
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Viewpoint: Bernie Sanders’ views on alternative medicine and GMOs highlight troubling embrace of pseudoscience

At 76 years old many assumed that 2016 would be the last time Bernie Sanders would run for office. The ...
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Confused about the USDA’s bioengineered food labels? Here’s everything you need to know

In December 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized the standards for mandatory “GMO” labeling by releasing the ...
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Viewpoint: Why we must be wary of grandiose claims about a low-cost, universal cancer cure

An Israeli company claims they will likely perfect a cure for all cancer in the next year. There are many ...
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Viewpoint: Michelob’s ‘Pure Gold’ organic beer won’t preserve your health or the environment

Beer companies often use sex to sell their beers, but Michelob Ultra is reinventing the beer commercial by advertising something ...
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‘Good enough to eat?’ Australian plant scientist battles ‘fake news’ about GMOs with new book

Scientists must speak out about the benefits of new genetic technologies such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and gene editing, ...
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AAAS fiasco just got messier—After member revolt, data-less news release linking glyphosate to kidney disease pulled, Freedom and Responsibility award will not be presented, for now

Editor's note: After this blog was posted, on February 6, the American Association for the Advancement of Science tweeted that ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s bioengineered food rules will confuse consumers and could cost $200 million per year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created what may be the most bewildering, least cost-effective regulation ever. In July 2016, ...
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Non-GMO vegetable seeds? Capitalizing on consumer fears to sell overpriced seeds

Niki Jabbour....recently shook a hornet’s nest. The talented gardener, book author, and radio host said on Facebook that she’d been ...