Podcast: Debunking ‘dangerous’ anti-GMO misinformation that harms developing countries

Podcast: Debunking ‘dangerous’ anti-GMO misinformation that harms developing countries

Crops and foods improved through biotechnology, popularly known as “GMOs” (for “genetically modified organisms”) remain at the center of a ...
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Viewpoint: Are GMOs a corporate ploy to colonize developing countries? Is vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice a plot by ‘Western entities’ to control global agriculture? Here are the facts bungled in Slate commentary.

Western scientists who introduce biotech crops into developing nations are paternalistic colonizers. While they claim to be helping farmers in ...
Many shoppers prefer organic food—unless GM products are cheaper, Canadian survey finds

Many shoppers prefer organic food—unless GM products are cheaper, Canadian survey finds

Agricultural biotechnology produced genetically modified (GM) crops, not only provide economic benefits to farmers, but are beneficial to the environmental, ...
Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon's creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon’s creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

How do COVID-19 tests work, and are their results reliable? Recent media reports have raised some concerning questions. Amazon's Halo ...
How the Chinese government suppressed the real story of the country’s coronavirus catastrophe

How the Chinese government suppressed the real story of the country’s coronavirus catastrophe

The news was spreading quickly that Li Wenliang, a doctor who had warned about a strange new viral outbreak only to be ...
Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

Mexican farmers and scientists speak out against government’s anti-biotech agenda

The Mexican government’s nonstop attacks on genetically modified (GM) crops — resulting most recently in a ban on GM maize ...
How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement's playbook

How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement’s playbook

One of the most notable things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been how fast two science denialist movements made common cause ...
Fox’s Laura Ingraham emerges as major peddler of COVID mask disinformation

Fox’s Laura Ingraham emerges as major peddler of COVID mask disinformation

[Fox News host Laura] Ingraham, who has no background in medicine or virology, is one of the most prominent members ...
FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

FDA aims to combat GMO misinformation with crop biotech high-school curriculum

Though a new curriculum guide offers high school teachers helpful tools for navigating the complexities of crop biotechnology and a ...
Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Loss and humiliation do not make bad ideas go away. Rather, they can take on wilder and more outrageous forms ...
Fact check: 8 common COVID misconceptions

Fact check: 8 common COVID misconceptions

To help you out, we rounded up eight facts about the coronavirus to keep in mind if you see claims to ...
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USDA: ‘Fear mongering’ keeps EU scared of growing GMOs, while it relies on US biotech grain imports

Commercial cultivation of GE crops in the EU is limited to one percent of the EU’s total corn area (102 ...
Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Viewpoint: GMO ‘opposition based on emotion and dogma must be stopped’

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have featured heavily in this presidential campaign and are without question two of the ...
Who are the most notorious (and most dangerous) anti-vaccination activists?

Who are the most notorious (and most dangerous) anti-vaccination activists?

I decided to bring to you the people behind the [anti-vax series The Truth About Vaccines].  It is quite a ...
Viewpoint: ‘Celebrate pesticides!’ Why farmers should defend technology that produces our abundant food supply

Viewpoint: ‘Celebrate pesticides!’ Why farmers should defend technology that produces our abundant food supply

Social media is really one of the best ways to reach people nowadays. As much as we might hate to ...
PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

Global publics take a cautious stance toward scientific research on gene editing, according to an international survey from Pew Research ...
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Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren’t using GMOs to control Africa’s food supply

The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
Voter fraud truthers add vaccine conspiracies to their social media disinformation efforts

Voter fraud truthers add vaccine conspiracies to their social media disinformation efforts

As Mr. Trump’s challenges to the election’s results have been knocked down and the Electoral College has affirmed President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s ...
Viewpoint: Most consumers are ignorant of farming—and ‘easy targets’ for peddlers of organic food misinformation

Viewpoint: Most consumers are ignorant of farming—and ‘easy targets’ for peddlers of organic food misinformation

For the last 15 years, I have taught an introductory nutrition course at a local junior college. On the opening ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Green neo-colonialism’— Utopian visions of organic farming promote starvation in Africa

Across Africa, farmers and governments are struggling to feed growing populations. Ongoing and deadly locusts and Fall Armyworm infestations, cancer-causing ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

As much as we hate to acknowledge it, many of the once-viable ideas that are swimming around in the memory ...
Viewpoint: Health risks of GMOs never materialized, so activist groups now misinform about biodiversity impact of GM crops

Viewpoint: Health risks of GMOs never materialized, so activist groups now misinform about biodiversity impact of GM crops

[A]fter 20 years without presenting a single proven case of harm from biotech crops, [the anti-GMO activists'] argument has collapsed ...
Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Should trans women be allowed to compete in female-only sports? It's a polarizing question with no easy answer in a ...
Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

In [a] large, randomized study published [November 18] in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers observed more than 6,000 people in Denmark ...
Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

The year is coming to an end, and 2020 has popped a balloon filled with myths, untruths and lies deliberately ...
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Viewpoint: Why we shouldn’t be scared of human gene editing

[G]ene editing is not something to be scared of, and we must spread the word. It is a tool that ...
Antioxidants: Magic bullets for health and longevity—or marketing gimmick?

Antioxidants: Magic bullets for health and longevity—or marketing gimmick?

Antioxidants are chemical compounds that can be a vitamin, mineral, enzyme, or one of thousands of other naturally occurring plant ...
Viewpoint: Chinese scientists push unsupported claim that COVID originated in India

Viewpoint: Chinese scientists push unsupported claim that COVID originated in India

[A] recent preprint by Chinese scientists Libing Shen, Funan He and Zhao Zhang titled ‘The early cryptic transmission and evolution of ...