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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 ...
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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 ...