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Consumer-focused biotech crops are here—but will the public embrace them?

It may sound like yet another gluten-free food start-up....but Crispr is a new molecular system that scientists can use to manipulate DNA ...
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Viewpoint: New York Times’ mixed record on science literacy—botched reporting on GMOs and chemicals while challenging anti-vaxxers

The New York Times has done something that it very rarely does: It wrote an editorial in support of biotechnology. The piece, ...
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Viewpoint: No, Whole Foods Magazine, there’s no plot to sneak GMOs into our food

....Last week, Whole Foods Magazine (yes, that's a thing) published an article written by a lawyer, Scott C. Tips, about an evil plan to ...
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Viewpoint: Cancer rates are falling, but ‘our work is not done’

While it can be tempting to celebrate cancer rate decline, it's important to see that cancer outcomes correlate with an ...
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If you want consumers to embrace biotech, take their concerns about GMOs seriously, plant scientist says

As people become more conscious about the food they put on the table, farmers are having to deal with a ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘Dangerous Idea’ of group differences is latest iteration of ‘left wing hysteria’ attack on evolutionary biology

Defending the veracity of racial biological differences are often, incorrectly, deemed to be justifications of social inequality ...
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What does ‘natural’ mean? New study probes consumers’ nuanced and inconsistent views on healthy food labels

In mid-December 2018, a nationwide survey of over 1,200 U.S. food shoppers was conducted to determine beliefs and preferences related ...
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Indiana state lawmaker introduces lab-grown meat labeling bill, citing need for food transparency

[Indiana] Rep. Terry Goodin, a Democrat from Austin, said he believes if someone grows meat in a laboratory petri dish, they ...
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In pursuit of higher profits, some US soybean farmers abandon GMO crops

For the first time in 15 years, Illinois farmer Steve Ruh will plant only old-school soybean seeds to boost profit ...
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Women are more skeptical of GMOs than men—but not because of their ‘maternal instincts’

Studies have found that women are more skeptical of genetically modified (GM) foods than men....Conventional wisdom has been that maternal ...
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6 common misconceptions about the ‘dangers’ of genetic engineering and GMOs

Why does the GMO debate have a bit of Groundhog Day aspect to it? The way the issues are framed ...
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This farmer says more food producers should stand up for agriculture—here’s 5 reasons why

....An advocate for agriculture, sometimes referred to as an AGvocate, can be anyone who works to tell the inclusive story ...
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Opposition to GMO crops is a first-world privilege, plant scientist says

Growing up in India, Devang Mehta thought of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, as an exciting new technology. “India is ...
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10 times science challenged ‘studies’ suggesting GMOs are harmful

The blog "10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health" is now a fixture on cyberspace. A ...
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Audio: Filmmaker behind ‘Food Evolution’ says GMO debate illustrates importance of embracing science

Are GMOs safe? What is the deal with organic food? On this week's episode of Serving Up Science, Science Writer ...
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Viewpoint: Evolution denialism is back. This time it’s coming from the left

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial, but new discussions about sex and gender have led to a resurgence in denial ...
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Teaching skeptical consumers the science of biotech crops may calm their fear of GMOs

Genetically modified (GM) foods are often met with harsh public opposition, though little research has attempted to understand why this ...
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Viewpoint: Psychology association’s new guidelines ‘demonize’ masculinity, ignore biology

In my practice as a psychotherapist , I’ve seen an increase of depression in young men who feel emasculated in ...
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Senator Chuck Grassley eats GMO corn to show EU that US biotech crop exports are safe

With a new Congress comes new lawmakers and new committee rosters, including new chairmen and ranking members. The Senate Finance ...
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Video: Are biotech crops safe? A brief history of the GMO debate

Recent studies show the general public and the scientific community are deeply divided on the perceived safety of GMOs. Ars ...
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Viewpoint: How monarch butterflies exposed the hypocrisy of anti-GMO Greenpeace

In the past, I have asked....two very silly sounding questions toward Greenpeace. Why do they like watermelons? And why do they like grapefruits? As ...
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Learning about modern genetics through the long-extinct aurochs

The world’s first reported instance of species extinction is also a good window on today’s genetic revolution ...
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Food marketing can change buying habits, but consumers may become ‘numb’ to unnecessary labels

A study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University said labeling has an effect on ...
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Viewpoint: New book “A Matter of Taste” cuts through fog of ‘misinformation’ around GMOs and modern farming

The foodie ecosystem is dominated by polarizing movies....Typically containing stale feelings and claims of folks like Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva (who was ...
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Talking Biotech: Extreme GMO skeptics know the least about genetics—how should science communicators respond?

People most opposed to GMOs know little about them. How does this impact science communication? ...
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Viewpoint: GMO crops are key to sustainable farming—why are some scientists afraid to talk about them?

A shallow piece in the journal Science downplaying the importance of GMO crops belongs in a New Age publication ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-glyphosate activists are ‘rich, organized, and powerful’—don’t underestimate them

The campaign against glyphosate started a few years ago. The fairly benign herbicide was so closely tied to Roundup Ready ...
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Viewpoint: Developing nations face onslaught of ‘fake news’ targeting GMOs

A recent article co-authored by a prominent Malaysian economist propagated several popular myths about GMOs. A Malaysian scientist and communicator ...