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This journalist once ‘detested’ GMOs. Here’s what changed her mind

I can actually relate to people being averse to agricultural biotechnology on the premise that it is not natural and ...
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Iowa farmer: I was duped by misleading ‘organic’ food labels. Learn from my mistakes

Years ago, I watched a “documentary” about the American food supply. While I’m not going to tell you the U.S ...
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Study: Bt eggplant wins market and farmer acceptance in Bangladesh

Farmers have achieved significantly higher yields and revenues by growing genetically engineered, insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal), which has gained market ...
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Misconceptions about GMOs in Ghana due to weak education, study reveals

Knowledge about genetically modified (GM) food and biotechnology is low among the Ghanaian public due to low levels of education ...
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Viewpoint: The Impossible Burger has sparked an ideological rift between anti-GMO critics

Redrawn battle lines expose a growing ideological rift in a once-cohesive anti-GMO movement and appear to signal a shift in ...
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Banning Aaron Ginn: Social media sites censoring coronavirus critics who claim lockdown strategy lacks a ‘scientific basis’

Does a pandemic demand the strong medicine of censorship? Social-media companies seem to think so. They’re taking steps to control ...
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Will relaxed USDA GMO, gene-edited crop regulation fuel consumer distrust of biotech?

Plants genetically modified to make changes that also have been made through conventional breeding will not need specific federal oversight, ...
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Conflict of Interest? Whistleblower alleges study by Stanford’s John Ioannidis critical of lockdown funded by wealthy corporate donor critical of lockdown

A highly influential coronavirus antibody study was funded in part by David Neeleman, the JetBlue Airways founder and a vocal ...
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‘Bad stuff is just easier to believe’: Why GMO disinformation captures consumer attention

A couple of years ago, a former company data scientist and I tapped into our common fascination with social networks ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vax conspiracy propaganda movement aiming to derail successful rollout of coronavirus vaccines

This war could pit public health officials and politicians against an anti-vaccination movement that floods social media with misinformation, conspiracy ...
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Book review: Activist-friendly ‘GMOs Decoded’ paints a misleading picture of crop biotech

Sheldon Krimsky’s latest book, GMOs Decoded, has a foreword by Marion Nestle, an emeritus professor at New York University and ...
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Science majors less skeptical of GMOs than other undergraduates? Yes, but not by much

For the past few years, I’ve been fortunate to supervise a number of students working on their undergraduate thesis in ...
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‘Plandemic’ viral video gives anti-vaccination conspiracy movement a booster shot

In a video posted to YouTube on [May 4], a woman animatedly described an unsubstantiated secret plot by global elites ...
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Viewpoint: Modern ‘post-truth’ politics ignores sustainability benefits of GMOs and pesticides

As Africa shows, locust plagues can be devastating for food security, and climate science enables us to detect that certain ...
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Book review: Sheldon Krimsky’s ‘GMOs Decoded’ cherry-picks data to spur fear of biotech crops

Judith Heimann reviews “GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic’s View of Genetically Modified Foods,” by Sheldon Krimsky ...
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‘Denial, blame, and conspiratorial thinking’: Anti-vaxxers’ dangerous rhetoric during coronavirus pandemic

So far, the responses from major players wear down a familiar path of conspiratorial thinking and government mistrust ...
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Anti-GMO Advocacy Funding Tracker: Vast network of donors and NGOs seed doubt about crop biotechnology

Who is David and who is Goliath when it comes to the GMO debate? Anti-biotech activists have long maintained that ...
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Africa’s smallholder farmers need support to build resiliency and sustainability

The world is at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the smallholder farmers who feed millions of Africans ...
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COVID-19, climate change may accelerate public acceptance of CRISPR-edited food

Gene editing, like genetic modification, is a technology that has attracted a fair amount of skepticism from European regulators and ...
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Podcast: ‘Food bullying’ fear of GMO insulin parallels skepticism of biotech crops

Our guest, Heather Barnes, tells parents, “You are doing great.” Having a child with different dietary needs opens the door ...
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Regulation and anti-GMO activism: Roadblocks on the way to saving the American chestnut tree

In traditional plant breeding .... farmers .... cross varieties with desired traits .... and select promising mixtures for sought-after qualities ...
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Anti-vaxxers and anti-GMO lobby double down on COVID China conspiracy theory

As the World Health Organization warns of a misinformation “infodemic,” anti-science groups around the world are doubling down on a ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Just plain bad science’: FOX News promotes C/19 fatality ‘study’ by 2 California ‘fake experts’

There’s a pandemic of more than just COVID-19 right now. There’s also a pandemic of pseudoscience, misinformation, disinformation, and just ...
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Viewpoint: Journalism or propaganda? Animal rights group pays UK newspaper The Guardian to bash agriculture

We grew up in an era when the mainstream media reported the news straightforwardly, but now much of it is ...
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Podcast: Why scientists have an obligation to teach the public about GMOs

Dr. Maha Arujanan is the global coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and also ...
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Viewpoint: Norman Borlaug saved millions of lives, would his critics prefer he hadn’t?

Norman Borlaug is perhaps the most important person in human history whose name and legacy remain largely unknown. A hero ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus pandemic has alerted consumers to the ‘silliness’ of organic food marketing

Remember when buying those “non-toxic” cleaning supplies made you feel like you were being a good person? Yeah, those were ...