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Plant scientists: Anti-GMO activism has warped the public’s understanding of biotechnology

Public perception  of genetically engineered (GE) crops is being manipulated by organizations that purport to represent the interests of consumers ...
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Is the anti-GMO movement following PETA’s animal rights activist playbook?

From drenching fields in chemicals to factory farming, there is so much misinformation out there about what happens on today’s ...
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Nonprofit farmer coalition launches chocolate brand Ethos hyping GMO ingredients to ‘demystify’ biotechnology

What claims to be the first pro-GMO chocolate....was launched in February by A Fresh Look, a nonprofit coalition of some ...
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Viewpoint: Bernie Sanders’ views on alternative medicine and GMOs highlight troubling embrace of pseudoscience

At 76 years old many assumed that 2016 would be the last time Bernie Sanders would run for office. The ...
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Confused about the USDA’s bioengineered food labels? Here’s everything you need to know

In December 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized the standards for mandatory “GMO” labeling by releasing the ...
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Viewpoint: Why we must be wary of grandiose claims about a low-cost, universal cancer cure

An Israeli company claims they will likely perfect a cure for all cancer in the next year. There are many ...
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Viewpoint: Michelob’s ‘Pure Gold’ organic beer won’t preserve your health or the environment

Beer companies often use sex to sell their beers, but Michelob Ultra is reinventing the beer commercial by advertising something ...
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‘Good enough to eat?’ Australian plant scientist battles ‘fake news’ about GMOs with new book

Scientists must speak out about the benefits of new genetic technologies such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and gene editing, ...
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AAAS fiasco just got messier—After member revolt, data-less news release linking glyphosate to kidney disease pulled, Freedom and Responsibility award will not be presented, for now

Editor's note: After this blog was posted, on February 6, the American Association for the Advancement of Science tweeted that ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s bioengineered food rules will confuse consumers and could cost $200 million per year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created what may be the most bewildering, least cost-effective regulation ever. In July 2016, ...
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Non-GMO vegetable seeds? Capitalizing on consumer fears to sell overpriced seeds

Niki Jabbour....recently shook a hornet’s nest. The talented gardener, book author, and radio host said on Facebook that she’d been ...
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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 ...