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Viewpoint: Scientific ignorance fuels skepticism of crop biotechnology

This one question is an effective test of scientific ignorance ...
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Bayer needs ‘Ph.D-type jurors’ to win upcoming glyphosate-cancer trials, expert says

In August, a San Francisco County Superior Court jury ordered Monsanto [now owned by Bayer] to pay former school groundskeeper ...
Viewpoint: Criticism of GMO crops in India is 'deeply flawed'

Viewpoint: Criticism of GMO crops in India is ‘deeply flawed’

A review article, “Modern technologies for sustainable food and nutrition security,” which appeared in the November 25 issue of the ...
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‘Overblown’ fear of biotech crops hinders scientific progress, Nobel laureates warn

Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from ...
PEW survey: Half of Americans believe GMOs pose health risks and are linked to use of food additives

PEW survey: Half of Americans believe GMOs pose health risks and are linked to use of food additives

A new Pew Research Center report shows an American public that is closely divided over [food] additives, and genetically modified (GM) crops ...
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Talking Biotech: How do we get consumers to think like scientists?

Thomas Zinnen and Kevin Folta tackle a perennial question: How do you communicate science to a hostile audience? ...
A farmer's 'naughty list': Activists, celebrities and lawyers who spread the most misinformation in 2018

A farmer’s ‘naughty list’: Activists, celebrities and lawyers who spread the most misinformation in 2018

That’s right: it’s almost time for the jolly old fat man to visit homes around the world to deliver presents ...
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USDA set to release final ‘bioengineered’ food labeling rule

After a contentious two-year comment period .... a rule requiring companies to label genetically modified foods is being finalized [the week ...
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Farmers, here’s what the public wants to know about food

Tyson Foods is the biggest U.S. food company .... [E]arlier this year it formed the Trendtellers Council and packed it ...
Podcast with Dr. Paul Offit: Striking similarities between anti-biotech and anti-vaccine activism

Podcast with Dr. Paul Offit: Striking similarities between anti-biotech and anti-vaccine activism

The anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements are increasingly overlapping in methods and outlook ...
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Will GMO food labels ease consumer fear and bring biotechnology ‘into the limelight’?

There is .... a debate amongst GMO supporters about whether GMO foods should be labeled. Some supporters believe GMO food ...
How do scientists counter 'fake news' in the era of InfoWars?

How do scientists counter ‘fake news’ in the era of InfoWars?

Within the scientific community, much attention has focused on improving communications between scientists, policy makers, and the public. ... [W]henever ...
Viewpoint: The public loses when a ‘prestigious’ journal such as Nature indulges in political activism

Viewpoint: The public loses when a ‘prestigious’ journal such as Nature indulges in political activism

Is this really about science, or is something else going on here? ...
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How anti-GMO groups and ‘Russian trolls’ influence public perceptions of science

A new opinion poll suggests that Russian trolls, aided by anti-GMO groups such as the Center for Food Safety and ...
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Magic and morality: Why some consumers are afraid of GMOs

In the eyes of Susan Schenck, GMOs are pretty much the worst thing going in food. As the author of ...
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Podcast: Countering the ‘culture of alarmism’ surrounding modern farming

The culture of alarmism is an unending and relentless drumbeat that everything sold in the grocery store, every piece of ...
This mom and gardener doesn't fear glyphosate—and says we shouldn't either

This mom and gardener doesn’t fear glyphosate—and says we shouldn’t either

One of the perpetual battles I’m fighting these days is countering the misinformation about pesticides that gardeners like me responsibly ...
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How will gene editing impact agriculture? Experts offer 10 predictions

In the U.S., it’s full speed ahead for gene editing in animal agriculture. In August, the biotech company Recombinetics, based in ...
Talking Biotech: Tough questions about genetic engineering—a listener interviews Dr. Kevin Folta

Talking Biotech: Tough questions about genetic engineering—a listener interviews Dr. Kevin Folta

Roles are reversed on this week's podcast. Science enthusiast and blogger Gary Nolan interviews Dr. Folta ...
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Will allergen-free milk revive New Zealand’s genetic engineering debate?

It is an irony of bioscience that a country that prohibits most genetically modified produce from the food chain is ...
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How the news of China’s gene-edited babies blew up

He Jiankui didn’t wake up on Sunday [November 25]  expecting his world to change. … He knew international attention was ...
Citizen scientists are tackling agriculture's toughest challenges

Citizen scientists are tackling agriculture’s toughest challenges

The power of citizen science to contribute to both science and society is gaining increased recognition, particularly in physics and ...
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Onto the grill: But are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the ...
Let's approach the GMO conversation with 'cooler heads' in 2019

Let’s approach the GMO conversation with ‘cooler heads’ in 2019

As consumers strive to become more aware of food-production terms and practices, they often bludgeon farmers with a body of ...
Time Magazine's coverage of glyphosate-cancer trial is 'crying out for balance,' biologist says

Time Magazine’s coverage of glyphosate-cancer trial is ‘crying out for balance,’ biologist says

TIME magazine has a story on DeWayne ‘Lee’ Johnston who took Monsanto to court claiming RoundUp caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma ...
'Misinformation' has fueled fear of GMO crops in India, expert says

‘Misinformation’ has fueled fear of GMO crops in India, expert says

Hundreds of research studies that have been reviewed showed no proof that genetically modified (GM) crops had side effects, according ...
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‘Have and have nots’: Future of biotech is human modification

[I]n the next decade, the phrase [“have and have nots”] might mean "modded or unmodded"—as in, "have you been modified?" ...
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GMO cotton not to blame for farmer suicides in India, expert reconfirms to UN panel

An expert on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) from India has told a UN conference on biodiversity that GMO cotton growing ...