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Want consumers to embrace CRISPR? Don’t call it a gene-editing ‘revolution,’ explain its agricultural benefits

How can you talk to consumers about gene editing when most have little understanding of how plants are bred? The ...
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Podcast: Agricultural economist Stuart Smyth explains the risks and benefits of GMOs and the future of crop biotechnology

Few academics eagerly engage the public on controversial scientific topics, content to quietly focus on their research. Agricultural economist and ...
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AquaBounty aims to win over consumers before its GMO salmon hits US markets in 2020

Only in the past five years has it become possible to raise thousands of healthy fish so far from the ...
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Skepticism of GMOs, CRISPR won’t slow crop biotech innovation, biologist predicts

Genetically modified crops have the potential, if widely adopted, to help feed the world and vastly change the crop input ...
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Viewpoint: Debunking bizarre conspiracy theory about western billionaires using GMOs to depopulate Africa

The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
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Neurologist Steven Novella: Greenpeace opposition to Golden Rice approval will be ‘enduring stain’ on activist group’s reputation

[T]he Philippines have just approved Golden Rice as safe for human and animal consumption .... The Philippines is the first ...
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Viewpoint: Confused about GMOs and pesticides? Here’s a science-based handbook for combating anti-biotech fallacies

The risk posed by junk science meant to skew our perception of food safety and biotechnology cannot be overstated ...
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Anti-GMO groups in the Philippines launch campaign challenging Golden Rice approval

The Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) condemned [Dec. 19] the approval of the genetically-modified crop [Golden ...
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Public will accept CRISPR if they trust scientists who develop the technology, sociologist says

As a sociologist who studies food and agriculture, I’m frequently asked whether the public is going to accept gene-edited foods ...
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Podcast: Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit explains the ‘dos and dont’s’ of battling scientific misinformation

Paul Offit has forged a second career as an influential spokesman for scientific thinking ...
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Consumers love technology, survey shows—but not when it comes to GMOs and farming

Technology in agriculture is how we’ll feed a growing population, make farming more sustainable and improve the lives of farm ...
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Lab-grown burgers? Cell-based steaks? Alternative meat industry scrambles to find consumer-friendly product names

The debate over what to call cell-cultured meat remains unresolved—and it could soon develop into a headache for the global ...
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‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
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Viewpoint: How the glyphosate-cancer controversy became a moral crusade—and a threat to scientific progress

Sometimes the clear weight of evidence coupled with a dose of common sense is enough to show what’s right ...
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Consumer skepticism of plant-based meat could slow Impossible Foods’ expansion into Asia

If the American fake-meat darlings Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have their way, chef Raymond Xie will soon be able ...
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‘Natural health’ and conspiracy sites exploit social media to fester opposition to GMO crops. Here’s a study about what can be done to stop it

The unsatisfactory answer to 'How do we control the spread of disinformation?" may be, "We don't know yet." ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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Viewpoint: Conventional, organic farmers risk alienating consumers by ‘trashing’ each other’s products

I once rescued a car from a mechanic who was pushing much unnecessary “repair” work. The ethical mechanic I took ...
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Viewpoint: USDA bioengineered food labels could clear up GMO confusion—if consumers educate themselves

In this day of ready-to-eat, highly processed food, it is understandable that consumers want to know what is in their ...
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Viewpoint: How a small group of scientists and pliable media created a ‘catastrophe narrative’ that hurts bees and farmers

The scientists who glommed onto the “bee-pocalypse” narrative never bothered to go back and correct the record ...
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Is there a place for CRISPR gene editing in organic farming? Many farmers say ‘yes’

Denying ourselves these benefits to protect distorted ideas about what's 'natural' is nonsensical ...
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Zambian food makers directed to label GMO products

Zambia’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has directed food producers to clearly label products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) so that ...
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Viewpoint: How international anti-biotech activists manipulate year-old Mexican government to block crop GMO innovations

Mexico's leadership should not restrict crop biotechnology based on personal beliefs or scientific misinformation ...
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EU Health Commissioner defends GMOs, warns against ‘regulation by public opinion’

Outgoing EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has hit out at regulation by public opinion rather than science-based ...
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US meat industry goes to ‘war’ against Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat

On a rainy September morning, a pair of cattle ranchers browsed the refrigerated meat cases at a Walmart Inc. store ...
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Has modern agriculture ‘tainted’ your Thanksgiving dinner?

The Environmental Working Group knows how to grab headlines with ominous claims about America's food supply. In 2018, the Washington, ...
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Viewpoint: Federal government doles out millions of dollars to ‘children’s health centers’ that promote junk science

For more than two decades, the federal government has doled out millions of dollars to fund university-based “children’s environmental health ...