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Viewpoint: Activists hurt farmers by fueling public’s disconnect with modern agriculture

Farmers are increasingly frustrated and dispirited by the demands and unrealistic expectations of food advocacy groups and activists such as ...
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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren promises reversal of Bayer-Monsanto merger to end corporate ‘stranglehold’ on farmers

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren promised to break up big agricultural businesses to end their “stranglehold” over farmers and mount ...
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Podcast: Plant geneticist Kevin Folta explains how to combat consumer fear of GMOs

Dr. Kevin Folta discusses science communication (the communication of science-related topics to non-experts). Part of his work is helping people ...
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Podcast: ‘Just the wife’—how sexism in science obscured achievements of four groundbreaking researchers

Dr Kat Arney tells the stories of four women from the history of 20th century genetics, and explores how sexism ...
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5 organic food facts to consider before your next Whole Foods visit

[T]he affinity for buying and eating organic has spread like wildfire, especially in the last couple of years. People are ...
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Video: USDA GMO labeling rules favor agriculture industry over consumers, activist group says

New GMO food labels....are “provoking the ire of environmental groups who say the rules favor agriculture industry interests over environmental ...
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‘Insectageddon’? Biologists say we need better data before warning of impending insect extinction

As members of that subset of the human population who love insects, we have been alarmed by a recent publication ...
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5 farmer tips to avoid ‘fear-based’ food marketing at the grocery store

Whether you realize it or not, we are inundated with fear-based marketing labels every time we set foot in a ...
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Consumer-focused CRISPR-edited crops may be key to building public trust in biotech

Gene editing has the potential to change agriculture, but only if consumers believe it’s a beneficial technology....The best way and ...
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Viewpoint: Conventional, organic farming advocates should stop fighting and focus on feeding world’s growing population

For years, discussions about the future of the agricultural industry have converged on the arbitrary yet consequential date of 2050, ...
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‘Better safe than sorry’? Precautionary thinking stokes unjustified fear of GMOs, chemicals, biologist says

“Better safe than sorry.” That’s a great lesson for a child when a parent explains why she should wear a ...
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The promise of genetic engineering in medicine could be threatened by ‘bad press’

Because the disorder is caused by a single mutation in a single gene, sickle cell disease has long been seen ...
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African biotech group to critics: Where’s evidence GMOs are dangerous?

Mr Enoch Ilori, the Project Officer for Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), has said there is no ...
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Podcast: Anthony Warner, ‘The Angry Chef,’ debunks fad diets and popular food ‘pseudoscience’

Anthony Warner is known as The Angry Chef, achieving notoriety for critically analyzing the social movements that pop up around ...
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Uganda’s GMO bill could become law without President’s assent

After more than a decade of deliberations, a bill that governs the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Uganda ...
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Lab-grown, plant-based meats raise thorny ethical questions about animal welfare, sustainability

Meatless Monday. “Vegetable-forward” restaurants. Plant-based diets. Foregoing meat is more mainstream than ever before, and at the center of this ...
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Pseudo-science alert: For $9,500, Politico provides disinformation about crop biotechnology, GMOs and pesticides

When Politico strays from politics into agricultural biotech, its naiveté and lack of science expertise shows through ...
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Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador mulled endorsing anti-GMO campaign in exchange for contributions, violating UCS’ ethics policy

In a response to anti-GMO campaigners requesting endorsement, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) promised to look into it in ...
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Viewpoint: Agroecology is a ‘dead end’ for African farmers trying to achieve food security

For the past 50 years, Daisy Namusoke has grown crops on her small plot of land in the Buikwe District ...
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Organic companies drop ‘anti-establishment tilt,’ partner with global corporations to meet surging ‘natural’ food demand

Big Food and the organics industry are gaining an appetite for each other. With sales of conventional packaged staples lagging, ...
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Booming sales suggest non-browning Arctic apple could be breakthrough product, overcoming anti-GMO fears

Jack Bobo doesn’t hold back when talking about the Arctic Apple. He believes the non-browning apple could change how people ...
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Organic producers battle over food labeling standards as industry nears $50 billion in sales

As organic food shifts from utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul. Record organic ...
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Viewpoint: While Kind Bar debunks ‘healthy’ organic sugar claim, it promotes equally deceptive non-GMO labels

Dear Kind Bar: [On March 6] you delighted people in the agriculture and science communities. Clif Bar tried to shame ...
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How are anti-GMO groups influencing German school science curriculum?

Since 2010, the genetic engineering information service Genetic Engineering has been offering teaching materials and teaching suggestions to teachers and secondary ...
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African farmers want GMO seeds to help weather climate change

It’s an old proverb in these lands that since man has learned to shoot without missing, birds have learned to ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t ignore scientific evidence about male, female brain differences

It's obvious to just about anyone who is paying attention — and to most biologists, in particular — that there ...
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Tomorrow’s scientists developing CRISPR-edited crops to boost sustainable farming

Three graduate students highlight their efforts to breed disease-resistant crops and teach science to consumers ...
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Using genetics and social media to find answers for rare ‘undiagnosed’ diseases

Having a strange and little-known condition is increasingly becoming a regular part of life, bonding patients together with a common ...