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Anti-GMO movement merging with anti-vaccine groups, escalating threat to global coronavirus response

As scientists around the world work at an unprecedented pace to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, anti-vaccine proponents are planting ...
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Democratic strategists urge Joe Biden to take on Monsanto to win rural support

The Biden campaign wants to undercut President Donald Trump’s sweeping victory across rural America in 2016 by making its case ...
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CRISPR cows could boost sustainable meat production, but regulations and wary consumers stand in the way

When Ralph Fisher, a Texas cattle rancher, set eyes on one of the world’s first cloned calves in August 1999, he ...
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GMOs ‘pose no health risks,’ biotech experts say, but ‘bioengineered’ food labels coming anyway

Nearly 70 percent of processed foods at U.S. grocery stores contain at least one genetically engineered ingredient. Even though most scientists believe that genetically ...
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‘Steadily increasing’ GMO acceptance in Europe fuels efforts to revise biotech restrictions

Since 1996 till 2018, the global area cultivated with GM crops has increased 113-fold, making biotech crops one of the ...
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Viewpoint: GMO vs non-GMO foods? There’s no difference to your body or health

What exactly happens when you eat a GMO? ...
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Viewpoint: How prosperity and technology are defeating ‘environmental pessimism’

In 1980, the year that PERC was founded, I spent three months in the Himalayas working on a wildlife conservation ...
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Facebook, Twitter shut down sequel to viral COVID-19 misinformation video Plandemic

Major social-media platforms hindered the spread of a sequel to viral coronavirus conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” on [August 18], months ...
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Has ‘Big Tech’ replaced ‘Big Ag’ as America’s favorite corporate villain?

For years, large agricultural companies and farmers have felt the sting of public opinion. Seed and crop protection companies have ...
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Podcast: Covid conspiracies; Cuba embraces GMOs; biotech vs. nature’s ‘mindless dangers’

A fearful public accepts conspiracy theories because they offer a sense of control in an uncontrollable situation, says a young ...
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Bill Gates: ‘The majority of all US COVID-19 tests are completely garbage’

An early Cassandra who warned of our lack of preparedness for a global pandemic, [Bill Gates] became one of the most credible ...
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Pew survey: 80% of churchgoers, including most Republicans, support masks and social distancing during services

U.S. adults overwhelmingly say houses of worship should be required to follow the same rules about social distancing and large ...
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Top-10 myths about GMOs, pesticides and organic farming, according to biotechnology experts

Scientists who have conducted research on GM crops have attested to the safety of such crops and their contributions to ...
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Viewpoint: ‘All natural’ pet food is no better for Fido, and it’s terrible for the environment

Gone are the days when a proud new pet owner could waltz into the grocery store and pick up a ...
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Podcast: Bill Nye The Science Guy explains his transition from GMO skeptic to advocate

Back in 2014, Bill Nye The Science Guy was skeptical of genetically modified foods, or GMOs. It raised some eyebrows ...
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Scientists should consider public’s values when discussing GMOs, communication experts say

Scientists' inability to effectively engage with the public has partly contributed to public misunderstanding of gene technologies. This is according ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs a ‘corporate plot’ to control the food supply, and 9 other biotech myths, debunked

GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” It most commonly refers to organisms—often plants—that have been modified to achieve desired traits, ...
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Regenerative agriculture is a ‘nonsense’ solution to climate change, soil scientist warns

People need to "wake up" and realize regenerative agriculture is "just nonsense", says Dr Doug Edmeades. In fact, the Hamilton-based ...
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How the anti-GMO movement has merged with COVID conspiracists

The Organic Consumers Association, which promotes the organic industry and is a top funder of the anti-GMO conspiracy website U.S. Right to ...
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‘Humans often do dumb things’: ‘Unsettling similarities’ between responses to COVID-19 and the flea-driven 14th century black death

The flea-driven plague, also known as the “Great Mortality,” overran Eurasia and North Africa from 1347 to 1353, killing tens ...
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Podcast: Arguing with vaccine skeptics works; Ban GMO labels? Agroecology keeps Africa poor

Contrary to popular belief, arguing with anti-science activists on social media helps combat the spread of misinformation. Organic food groups ...
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35% of Americans say they will not get a FDA approved COVID vaccine even if free

With more indications that a vaccine could be close, the next question for health professionals, policymakers and political leaders will ...
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Organic food healthier? Nutritionist explains what the media get wrong time and again

For years, the organic versus conventional argument has fueled twitter wars, marketing schemes, and a hell of a lot of ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Onerous’ regulations exacerbate consumer fear of gene-edited crops

....[T]he use of genetic engineering and gene editing to develop new crop varieties is well understood by the scientific community ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate-tainted hummus? Environmental Working Group’s latest pesticide scare short on facts

In the wake of a highly publicized legal settlement between Bayer, owner of former glyphosate-maker Monsanto, and lawyers representing plaintiffs ...
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Vaccines will be in short supply when developed. Here’s a way to prioritize who gets one

A preliminary plan devised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this spring gives priority to health care workers, then ...
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Viewpoint: While ‘elitist academics’ praise local food ‘industrial farming’ feeds us during a pandemic

With the world COVID-19 pandemic in its sixth month, food activists are back to trumpeting locally grown, and even home ...
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Viewpoint: Pseudo-science alert—Zac Efron’s ‘Down to Earth’ Netflix series spreads anti-GMOs myths

Zac Efron doesn’t say much except “Dude” and “Wow” in his Netflix docu-series Down to Earth. It’s a mostly innocuous show. If you’re ...