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Oxford zoologists: Insect decline studies could erode confidence in science if not held to rigorous standards

Global rates of insect decline will be very hard to measure. Conclusions regarding drivers and rates of declines can be ...
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Research integrity and why bad science has become such a problem

Science depends on corroboration — that is, researchers verify others’ results, often making incremental advances as they do so.  The ...
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Video: How we fool ourselves into fearing our food—and how to stop

Pesticides, chemicals, cancer - the world is a scary place and our dinner plate even more so. Or so it ...
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Buy local; save the bees; avoid GMOs: Americans’ top food-related causes

For companies to successfully fulfill [consumer demand for transparency], they need to be in tune to what causes and concerns ...
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Viewpoint: Clif Bar is ‘concern trolling’ competition with its organic food propaganda

Clif Bar published an open letter [March 6] to their “largest competitor” in the New York Times. The letter asks the CEO ...
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USDA bioengineered labeling rules reignite GMO transparency debate

Farm groups and food companies are pleased with a new United States labeling law governing genetically modified organisms, but non-GMO ...
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FDA, USDA announce formal agreement to tag team lab-grown meat regulation

Two government agencies will team up to regulate the emerging market of lab-grown meat, the Trump administration announced [March 7]. The Food ...
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Viewpoint: Many organic farmers aren’t anti-GMO, and they’re tired of ‘meaningless’ food labels

[In February], I attended the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest such gathering in the U.S., with thousands of people in ...
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PR battle between biotech industry, anti-GMO activists could determine fate of CRISPR gene-edited crops

In the grocery store of the future, consumers might shop for tomatoes with the spiciness of a chili pepper....and bread ...
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What should we call lab-grown meat? Our decision could help or hinder food innovation

The Dirt: We need protein as part of a healthy diet— and many of us turn to meat as a ...
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Biotech experts say gene-edited plants will yield greater benefits than GMOs or conventional crops

Here we present the results of an expert survey on the added potential benefits of genome-edited crops compared to those ...
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Viewpoint: Sri Lanka’s glyphosate-kidney disease scare illustrates why science, not politics, should dictate public health policy

On Feb. 4, the [American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)] announced that “two public health researchers who battled powerful ...
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African biotech scientist challenges activist opposition to Bt pest-resistant cowpea, Nigeria’s first GMO crop

Cowpea is one of the most important indigenous African legumes in Nigeria due to its ability to grow in drought-prone ...
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UN report warning of ‘disappearing’ biodiversity raises unjustified alarms about food security, agronomist argues

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just published a voluminous report, The State of the World ‘s Biodiversity for ...
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Viewpoint: Naturopathic doctors, organic marketers take advantage of consumer desire for ‘authenticity’

Seeking 'authenticity' is fine -- unless it deprives you of something beneficial ...
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Dear Anheuser-Busch, stop scaring people about alleged dangers of corn products to sell Bud Light

Anheuser-Busch caused quite a farm controversy with its Bud Light Super Bowl commercials. Remember, Bud Light bragged in those commercials ...
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Food companies can boost public trust in GMOs by engaging consumers, marketing researcher says

Sixty-two percent of U.S. consumers say the fewer ingredients a food product contains the healthier it must be to eat ...
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Video: Think ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ foods are GMO free? Think again

Did you ever wonder why products with the Non-GMO Project label don’t say “contains zero GMOs” or “GMO-free”? It’s because ...
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Biotech industry, USDA hype CRISPR gene-editing benefits to avoid second GMO safety debate

The U.S. agriculture industry is trying to get ahead of any backlash over gene-edited foods and win over the public ...
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‘Factory farming’ poisons our food and harms animals?

Veterinarian Dr. Leah Dorman takes on popular myths about animal agriculture ...
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From pesticide scare stories to insect ‘extinction,’ reporters are addicted to ‘pseudoscience,’ says science writer Matt Ridley

Three times in [February 2019], pseudo-science flew around the world before the scientific truth had got its boots on (as ...
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Mississippi may ban use of ‘meat’ labels on lab-grown protein, citing need to maintain ‘truthful advertising’

Mississippi lawmakers have real fears about "fake meat," and the state could become the latest to ban food made from ...
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US ambassador urges British public to reject protectionist ‘smears’ against American agriculture

[The first week of March] the United States published our objectives for a future trade deal with the UK. We are ...
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Viewpoint: Monsanto’s Roundup is safe, but PR battle to defend weed killer may be lost cause

Let me state for the record. I believe glyphosate to be perfectly safe. There have been hundreds of studies by ...
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Judge dismisses plant geneticist Kevin Folta’s defamation lawsuit against New York Times

A University of Florida horticulture professor known for his scientific defense of genetically modified foods lost his defamation suit against ...
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Breaking down the ‘scientific and statistical sins’ behind reporting on marijuana science

A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies, and scientific errors ...
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Viewpoint: Controversy flares over activist ‘predatort lawyers’ who ‘massaged facts’ in the Monsanto-glyphosate case

Lawyers often use a certain breed of self-interested scientist to terrify a jury of vulnerable non-specialists ...
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Pro-farming social media campaigns haven’t changed consumer opinion on GMOs: Here’s why

It happens at almost every farm meeting in Canada. Someone gets up from their chair, walks over to the podium ...