Gene-edited potato could allow farmers to use ‘less—or even no—insecticide’

Gene-edited potato could allow farmers to use ‘less—or even no—insecticide’

A PhD candidate at Michigan State University (MSU), Natalie [Kaiser] specializes in potatoes – in particular, looking at which genes ...
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Glyphosate: Deadly ‘poison,’ or biodiversity protection tool? Environmentalists split over controversial weedkiller

.... [A]way from lawsuits and petitions, there are concerns among some opponents of Australia’s invasive weeds that glyphosate – a ...
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Ninth Circuit Court refuses to reexamine lawsuit alleging Enlist Duo herbicide approval violated federal law

Enlist Duo’s registration has survived another legal challenge, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to ...
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UK extends license for glyphosate 5 years, will put in place post-Brexit review process

Speaking at the virtual British Crop Production Council (BCPC) 2020 congress, Darren Flynn, head of active substances delivery for the ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no such thing as a ‘toxic’ chemical (it’s all based on dose and exposure)—and 4 other common food marketing myths busted

[H]ere are five common “healthy halo” buzzwords to look out for. … 1) Clean Everything from “clean ingredients” to “clean ...
Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

A recent prospective study finds an inverse association between eating organic and the risk of type 2 diabetes. But the ...
Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Cry78Ba1 is Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bacillales: Bacillaceae) (Bt) protein found with high insecticidal activity against the piercing–sucking insect Laodelphax striatellus Fallén (Homoptera: ...
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Viewpoint: Plant biodiversity cuts pesticide use, but may slash crop yields needed to feed more people

Everyone recognizes that less less food means fewer pests but when you have to grow food to keep billions from ...
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Mexican biotech expert says his country’s proposed glyphosate weed killer ban ‘based on lies’

[A] researcher and specialist in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology in Plants, José Miguel Mulet, considered the arguments of supposed ecologists ...
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Bayer makes ‘substantial progress’ in settling more glyphosate-cancer suits, but other cases may go to trial

A court-appointed mediator on [Nov, 9] said Bayer AG has made "substantial progress" toward resolving tens of thousands of remaining ...
Viewpoint: GM cotton failed India's farmers? Another study says yes, but relies on false assumptions and misinterpreted data

Viewpoint: GM cotton failed India’s farmers? Another study says yes, but relies on false assumptions and misinterpreted data

Insect-resistant Bt cotton has been the subject of controversial debates for many years. Bt cotton is one of the few ...
France pledged to ban glyphosate, but regulators say phasing out weedkiller probably isn’t possible

France pledged to ban glyphosate, but regulators say phasing out weedkiller probably isn’t possible

The long-awaited publication of the latest report from the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) concerning ...
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99 percent of almost 10,000 foods below legal pesticide safety levels, USDA finds

The EPA sets “tolerances” to ensure that any potential residues resulting from strictly regulated pesticide use are safe for consumers ...
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Bayer close to resolving 88,500 glyphosate-cancer suits, but settlement costs rise by $2 billion

[Bayer’s legal bills] keep rising with costs to handle future [Roundup] lawsuits expected to surge to $2 billion. The German ...
Social media misled you about pesticides. A farmer explains what they are and how they protect our food

Social media misled you about pesticides. A farmer explains what they are and how they protect our food

It seems that too many people don’t realize that herbicides are considered a type of pesticide. All herbicides are pesticides, ...
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Don’t eat it if you can’t pronounce it? Avoiding ‘scary-sounding ingredients’ won’t make you healthier

"If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!” We are told that steering clear of scary-sounding ingredients is a simple, ...
US sugar industry flips the GMO script, hyping eco-benefits of glyphosate-tolerant crops

US sugar industry flips the GMO script, hyping eco-benefits of glyphosate-tolerant crops

[The US] sugar beet industry is flipping the narrative, capitalizing on what was once its Achilles heel — its universal ...
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EPA backs Bayer appeal in glyphosate-cancer case, arguing juries shouldn’t override expert scientific judgments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is backing the Monsanto Co.’s claim that federal law should have pre-empted a lawsuit alleging ...
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EPA re-registers drift-prone dicamba weedkiller, relieving some farmers and frustrating others who fear crop damage

Farmers can continue to use dicamba for five years, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said [October 27], offering certainty to cotton ...
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Epigenetic breeding could yield enhanced crops—and end run public’s fear of ‘GMOs’

Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe” it has been under stress — joined to an ...
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Bayer urges court to overturn $20M glyphosate-cancer verdict, objecting to ‘unreliable expert testimony’

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto urged three Ninth Circuit judges on [Ocotber 23] to overturn a jury’s verdict finding the weed killer ...
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Glyphosate on trial: California Supreme Court rejects request from Bayer to review first Roundup-cancer verdict

Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co. lost a bid for the California Supreme Court to review the first multimillion-dollar jury award to ...
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Replacing pesticides: Expected chlorpyrifos ban spurs development of more sustainable insecticides

A broad-spectrum insecticide that kills all arthropods in its path, chlorpyrifos was used for decades throughout the US .... But ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s pro-organic Farm to Fork policy will ‘cripple’ an already inefficient agriculture system

The EU’s “Farm to fork (F2F) strategy”  announced in May, is “the heart of the “Green Deal,” a kind of ...
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Podcast: Regulate all food chemicals? Gin and tonics going extinct; GMO pineapple is here!

There are thousands upon thousands of chemicals in food. Should we regulate them all, could we even do it? Gin ...
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‘Rethinking Monsanto’: Ex-GMO skeptic explains what he got wrong about Big Ag and the pitfalls of plant breeding

Beginning in 2010, I embarked on a slow-motion conversion from GMO skeptic to advocate as I began developing a more ...
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Despite federal court ruling, California may put Prop 65 cancer label on glyphosate weedkiller

On October 6, 2020, the California Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) announced it will be meeting on December 11, ...
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Another study finds glyphosate herbicide kills tumor cells. Is the much-maligned weedkiller a cancer fighter?

If Roundup or one of its ingredients turns out to be an effective cancer treatment, it would be a stunning ...