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Indian farmers’ union says illegal GMO herbicide-tolerant cotton cultivation continues, despite arrests

Under the new regulated cropping system, farmers in Telangana have grown cotton on 60 lakh acres, setting a new record ...
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Viewpoint: Court-ordered dicamba weedkiller ban could fuel new legal strategy to restrict Bayer’s Roundup

On June 3, 2020, a panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San ...
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Why grow GMOs? Over 23 years, biotech crops boosted farm income $225 billion, cut pesticide use and slashed carbon emissions

Farmers who grow biotech crops have earned an additional $225 billion and greatly reduced agriculture's contribution to climate change, according ...
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Colombia aims to restart aerial glyphosate spraying of coca crops under pressure from US

Alhough coca crop size fell 9% in 2019 to the lowest level in six years, the capacity to produce cocaine ...
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‘Eat them, poison them, drive them to cannibalism’: Kenyan scientists explore creative solutions to East Africa locust swarms

Eat them, poison them, and use scent to drive them to cannibalism - as a second wave of locusts threatens ...
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India floats glyphosate weedkiller restrictions to curb demand for illegal herbicide-tolerant cotton

The agriculture ministry, in a draft notification, has restricted the use of glyphosate only through Pest Control Operators (PCOs). “No ...
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Despite Europe’s strict GMO rules, biotechnology can still help farmers feed the continent

The EU has recently laid out a series of targets to dramatically reduce the amounts of chemicals used in European ...
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US GMO crop cultivation accelerates as farmers gain access to more biotech seeds

[Editor's note: GMO crops were widely adopted by US farmers after their initial approval in 1996. According to a new ...
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Natural pesticide claimed as replacement for antibiotics as treatment for citrus greening disease decimating US citrus industry

The new treatment effectively kills the bacterium causing the disease with a naturally occurring molecule found in wild citrus relatives ...
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Deal to limit future glyphosate suits against Bayer collapsing, but $10.9 billion settlement likely to hold

The plan concocted by Monsanto owner Bayer AG and a small group of lawyers was filed [in June] in U.S ...
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Will the Bayer glyphosate settlement fall apart? Judge says he may reject $10.9 billion Monsanto Roundup agreement, saying future plaintiffs might be hurt

[In June] Bayer agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits [alleging its ...
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GMO insect-resistant Bt prevents cancer and saves farmers up to $167 million per year, study shows

Previous field studies have reached no collective consensus on whether Bt corn, the most commonly planted transgenic crop worldwide, has ...
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Consumer pesticide fears spur chemical giant Syngenta to develop more eco-friendly farm technologies

Conventional pesticide makers including Syngenta and Bayer AG have been under pressure in recent years over their products’ impact on ...
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Podcast: Bayer’s $10.9 billion glyphosate settlement a mistake? Vaccines from mosquito spit; CRISPR cures sickle cell disease?

Chemical giant Bayer just settled roughly 95,000 lawsuits alleging its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Has the company given its anti-GMO ...
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GMO cotton that makes its own colors could eliminate need for chemical textile dyes

[Colored cotton plants] are the product of CSIRO plant breeders dedicated to producing better, sustainable natural fibers that will hopefully ...
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Viewpoint: Irrational pesticide fears discourage produce consumption and increase cancer risk

Fostering fear doesn't help us eat healthier ...
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We depend on bees for 1/3 of our food? Pesticides threaten bees? Farmer challenges pollinator myths

.... [W]ithout [bee] pollination efforts, the world would still have plenty of food .... The vegetables we eat don’t require ...
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Waterhemp weed uses genetic ‘tricks’ to outsmart herbicides, threatening farmers’ crop yields

The weed that represents the biggest threat to Midwestern corn and soybean production, waterhemp, has outsmarted almost every kind of ...
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Unless you eat 10 pounds of oatmeal daily, glyphosate in your cereal isn’t dangerous

Is there glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, hiding in your cereal? Even if there is, there’s some reliable ...
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Glyphosate contaminates food? Simple testing method could dispel exaggerated weedkiller risk claims

Researchers at Leipzig University in Germany say they have developed a quick and simple way of testing for glyphosate in ...
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Viewpoint: As COVID-19 boosts public trust in science, media promote myths about cancer and food

Thanks to COVID-19, the public has gotten a lot more skeptical about claims that chemicals, food, and medicine are corporate ...
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EPA green lights limited use of just-banned dicamba weedkillers until July 31

This notice announces the Agency's [EPA's] issuance of a final cancellation order for three pesticide products (Xtendimax with Vaporgrip Technology, ...
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Ban of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments pushes UK farmers to grow non-GMO disease-resistant wheat

Season-long protection against barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) without the use of insecticides is set to become a reality through ...
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Bayer, UK farmers appeal EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, citing lack of scientific evidence

Lawyers acting on behalf of the [National Farmers Union] are in court battling to overturn a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, ...
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With neonicotinoid insecticides banned, wasps might help UK canola growers combat cabbage stem flea beetle

Researchers have determined that the Microctonus brassicae wasp species, and genetically similar parasitic wasps, could be used in controlled conditions ...
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GMO and gene-edited biofortified crops weaken case for organic agriculture

A new lineup of GMO and gene-edited crops with nutrient content organic growers simply can't replicate ...
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Plant ‘probiotics’: Feeding crops good bacteria may prevent pest damage without chemicals

Scientists have developed plant ‘probiotics’ that help fight disease without the use of expensive pesticides. UK researchers say beneficial bacteria ...
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France reinstates ban on US cherry imports over pesticide safety fears

On April 8, 2020 France published its fifth emergency decree banning fresh cherry imports from countries where the use of ...