Activists and 'celebrity figures' are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Activists and ‘celebrity figures’ are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Luis Ventura | 
On New Year’s Eve 2020, the Mexican government announced its plan to ban GMO corn and phase out GMO corn ...
Stirring disinformation: Once relegated to political fringes, vaccine bashing takes center stage with Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham

Stirring disinformation: Once relegated to political fringes, vaccine bashing takes center stage with Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham

Tiffany Hsu | 
Rupert Murdoch received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Afterward, he urged everyone else to get it, too. Since then, ...
Fact check: No, product codes do not identify genetically modified produce

Fact check: No, product codes do not identify genetically modified produce

Marisha Goldhamer | 
"Want to know where your food and/or products come from?" asks a June 22, 2021 Instagram post.  Identical posts, claiming ...
Vaccine rejectionism takes hold as a Republican litmus test

Vaccine rejectionism takes hold as a Republican litmus test

Dan Diamond, Hannah Knowles, Tyler Pager | 
What began as “vaccine hesitancy” has morphed into outright vaccine hostility, as conservatives increasingly attack the White House’s coronavirus message, ...
After the failed Capitol riot, far right militias regroup around anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

After the failed Capitol riot, far right militias regroup around anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

Tom Porter | 
In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, so-called militia groups such as the Three Percenters and Oath Keepers ...
Video: Good intentions aren't enough — Attempts to protect wild bees has gone awry and an influx of imported honeybees are doing more harm than good to native populations

Video: Good intentions aren’t enough — Attempts to protect wild bees has gone awry and an influx of imported honeybees are doing more harm than good to native populations

Sarah Moore | 
Ron Miksha, a bee ecologist and former commercial beekeeper, is doing research at the University of Calgary about competition between ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

David Zaruk | 
Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Andrew Porterfield | 
Europe is currently in a frenzy trying to drum up enough support to dramatically rollback approvals of targeted synthetic pesticides, ...
Viewpoint: How does the scientifically bankrupt claim glyphosate poses harm to humans remain popular? By dishonest ‘reporting,’ including from scientists who put ideology over evidence

Viewpoint: How does the scientifically bankrupt claim glyphosate poses harm to humans remain popular? By dishonest ‘reporting,’ including from scientists who put ideology over evidence

Cameron English | 
The Conversation bills itself as a website designed to “Unlock the knowledge of researchers and academics to provide the public with ...
Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Steven Novella | 
Glyphosate is a weed killer widely used by the agricultural industry and also available for consumer use in products like ...
Viewpoint: Concerned about biodiversity but wary of biotechnology innovation to achieve it? Your fears are misplaced

Viewpoint: Concerned about biodiversity but wary of biotechnology innovation to achieve it? Your fears are misplaced

Paul Robbins, Ryan Phelan | 
Some individuals worry about the unintended consequences of intervening with nature, including the use of genetic technology as well as ...
Vaccine rejectionism and disinformation spreading as fast in Asia as the virus itself

Vaccine rejectionism and disinformation spreading as fast in Asia as the virus itself

Andreo Calonzo | 
Microchips. Magnets. “Mark of the beast.” Those are just some of the things that U.S. anti-vaccine warriors have falsely claimed ...
Survey: Consumers are willing to embrace gene edited foods if they understand their sustainability and health benefits

Survey: Consumers are willing to embrace gene edited foods if they understand their sustainability and health benefits

Jayson Lusk | 
Consumer acceptance of gene edited foods. That’s the title of a research paper co-authored with Vicenzina Caputo and Valarie Kilders ...
‘Suicidal negationism’: Vatican launches global campaign to contain ‘myths and disinformation’ ciruclated by vaccine rejectionists

‘Suicidal negationism’: Vatican launches global campaign to contain ‘myths and disinformation’ ciruclated by vaccine rejectionists

Nicole Winfield | 
The Vatican’s bioethics academy and the World Medical Association on [July 2] called for an all-out effort to combat vaccine ...
Viewpoint: ‘It’s banned in Europe fallacy’ — How advocacy groups weaponize EU’s questionable ‘precautionary’ bans on genetic engineering and chemicals

Viewpoint: ‘It’s banned in Europe fallacy’ — How advocacy groups weaponize EU’s questionable ‘precautionary’ bans on genetic engineering and chemicals

The argument, in a nutshell, asserts that something is dangerous or likely dangerous simply because it is banned in some ...
Podcast: 'Disinformation feedback loop': GLP's Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

Podcast: ‘Disinformation feedback loop’: GLP’s Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

Jon Entine, Kevin Folta | 
The Genetic Literacy Project is a popular and respected science organization that promotes innovation and research using the cutting-edge tools ...
Viewpoint: ‘Lefty food and farm' group's implacable opposition to genetic engineering imperils life-saving virus research, writes Mother Jones

Viewpoint: ‘Lefty food and farm’ group’s implacable opposition to genetic engineering imperils life-saving virus research, writes Mother Jones

Kiera Butler | 
[Recently, the Center for Food Safety] sued the National Institutes of Health in an attempt to force the agency to ...
Don't believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Matthew Rees, Phil Harvey | 
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture starting to implement its organic food rules. They allow ...
Video: Why does genetic modification have such a bad reputation? A conversation with Bayer GMO scientist Larry Gilbertson

Video: Why does genetic modification have such a bad reputation? A conversation with Bayer GMO scientist Larry Gilbertson

Larry Gilberson, Stu McNish | 
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.  Otherwise known as CRISPR, it is a term many people know is associated with ...
Viewpoint: For decades, environmental NGOs have 'disseminated propaganda deliberately targeted at misinforming the public' — and there are real life consequences

Viewpoint: For decades, environmental NGOs have ‘disseminated propaganda deliberately targeted at misinforming the public’ — and there are real life consequences

Stuart Smyth | 
For over 20 years now, activist environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) like Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the Third ...
Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

Madison Dapcevich | 
A multi-year research project to genetically modify Aedes aegypti, a mosquito species that is known to carry and transmit infectious ...
GLP podcast: Mexico's activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

GLP podcast: Mexico’s activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Mexico seems determined to ban the weedkiller glyphosate and biotech crops, drawing intense opposition from the country's farmers. Twitter bots ...
Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

Jose Del Real | 
For months, anti-vaccine conspiracy theories had ripped across northern California’s wine country, invisible wildfires of untruth spreading through some of ...
Viewpoint: Dr. Joseph Mercola's war on mainstream medicine — 'His take on the pandemic is a lucrative conspiratorial dream'

Viewpoint: Dr. Joseph Mercola’s war on mainstream medicine — ‘His take on the pandemic is a lucrative conspiratorial dream’

Jonathan Jarry | 
Dr. Joe Mercola, an osteopathic physician who has made an impressive fortune selling supplements through his online store, has a ...
Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Sema Sgaier | 
After conducting a national survey of U.S. adults, we grouped people into distinct profiles based on their shared beliefs and ...
Viewpoint: Seeds of science denialism in Latin America — The most influential anti-crop biotech groups trace their disinformation network to North America and Europe

Viewpoint: Seeds of science denialism in Latin America — The most influential anti-crop biotech groups trace their disinformation network to North America and Europe

Luis Ventura | 
Earlier in this series on anti-GMO activism in Latin America, we talked about some of the most influential and active ...
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