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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 ...
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Viewpoint: Absolute opposition to GMOs, gene edited crops and pesticides threatens food security and harms the environment

Every time an outspoken pundit calls GMOs categorically unsafe it undermines decades of past and in-progress scientific research and reminds ...
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Is ‘natural’ better than ‘artificial’? Skincare products underscore why that view is wrongheaded

Synthetic and 'chemical-sounding' preservatives in cosmetics are safer than the alternatives that are marketed as 'natural' ...
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Geneticist Pamela Ronald: Non GMO food label ‘dupes’ Americans into buying $26 billion worth of mostly misleadingly-labeled products

DESPITE broad scientific consensus that genetically modified (GMO) food is safe, there has been a proliferation of product labels seeking ...
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Viewpoint: Can we trust the research of scientists who work for corporations? Here’s what you should know

There is a pervasive bias in academia against scientists who work in industry. It is often said that such individuals ...
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Viewpoint: Generation Z to environmentalists: If you care about sustainability, embrace GMOs and gene edited crops

It is important that this new generation follow the facts, not just rigid environmental orthodoxy ...
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Can the ‘trendy’ microbiome diet ease consumer fear of GMOs?

The acceptance of the trendy microbiome diet among consumers has put wind in the sails of ag-biotech start up Joyn ...
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Viewpoint: Beef industry campaign against calling plant-based burgers ‘meat’ assaults consumer choice

Ranchers and their political allies want to brand plant-based foods like the Impossible Burger as inferior imitations, but consumers shouldn’t ...
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Europe’s rejection of GMO, CRISPR crops can teach scientists how to earn consumer trust

European regulators and consumers have been steadfast in their rejection of genetic modification in food. The idea of ‘Frankenfood’ has ...
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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggests regulators may crack down on ‘confusing’ non-GMO labels

If FDA ever enforces its own rules, they could stop lots of nonsense labels on food, and recent comments by ...
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Burger King sued for cooking plant-based Impossible Burger on grill used to fry beef

Burger King was sued on [Nov. 18] by a vegan customer who accused the fast-food chain of contaminating its meatless ...
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Podcast: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how junk science gets published—and how to spot it in the headlines

Bad research can put people's lives at risk, so addressing problems with peer review is essential ...
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5 things plant-based meat makers can do to win consumer acceptance

Kerry, after completing proprietary consumer research this year, has identified five key issues that food companies should address when formulating ...
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Anti-pesticide group As You Sow, food industry spar over glyphosate sustainability

San Francisco-based shareholder advocacy group As You Sow rated 14 major food companies on what—if anything—they’re doing to address the ...
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Marketing stunt? Some restaurants sell Impossible, Beyond Burgers without telling customers they’re meat free

How do you get die-hard meat eaters to try a plant-based burger? You trick them. The rise of meatless meat ...
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Podcast: How food bullying spreads unjustified fears about GMOs, animal welfare and food safety

We've heard a lot in recent years about the harmful impacts of bullying, especially cyber-bullying aimed at children. But rarely ...
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New investment rules would limit shareholder advocacy attempts to influence company stance on GMOs, climate change

The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission formally proposed a new rule on [November 6] that could make it harder for ...
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77% of Generation Z willing to eat CRISPR, GMO-derived foods, new report shows

Members of Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — are the most willing to try foods produced ...
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Podcast: CRISPR might save the banana from deadly disease. Will consumers get behind the technology?

Cavendish bananas seem to be abundant in grocery stores, but a fungus has been threatening its existence for years, and ...
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Fifth US retailer announces plan to ‘phase out’ neonic pesticides from supply chain

Another food retailer has announced a plan to minimize its use of pesticides in a bid to help protect pollinators, ...
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Ben & Jerry’s faces activist lawsuit alleging false advertising of sustainable farming practices

A Vermont clean water activist has filed a lawsuit claiming Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. and Unilever, its corporate parent, ...
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Viewpoint: World must embrace CRISPR, synthetic biology to boost food production in the face of climate change

New breeding technologies may hold the key to preventing a global “push into poverty.” ...
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USDA bioengineered food labels may discourage shoppers from buying GMO-derived foods, study shows

Consumers were more willing to buy unlabeled produce after being shown food tagged as “genetically modified” in a new Cornell ...
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Why the public’s limited understanding of science makes horror movies so terrifying

In a memorable scene from the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein stands over his sentient monster, a beast he created from ...
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Food scientist Marion Nestle: Meat industry hires ‘zombie’ lobbyist group to attack Beyond, Impossible Burgers

Just in time for Halloween, the zombie is back. I can hardly believe that the deeply discredited Center for Consumer ...