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CRISPR-edited wheat could cut China’s toxic weed killer use

Chinese farmers are facing worsening problems with jointed goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii) – a close relative to wheat – growing in ...
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Pakistan announces field trials of 85 GMO pest-resistant Bt cotton varieties

The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has announced that 93 new cotton varieties will undergo National Coordinated Varietal Trials (NCVT) in four ...
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Viewpoint: Roundup on trial—speculative glyphosate-cancer lawsuits based on ‘junk science’

“The art of junk science is to brush away just enough detail to reach desired conclusions, while preserving enough to ...
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Will glyphosate residue in beer and wine raise your cancer risk? If you drink 8 gallons a day

How much should we be worried? Not at all ...
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Engineered ‘self-limiting’ insect could suppress soybean looper, ‘exponential’ threat to US crops

Oxitec Ltd., a UK-based biotechnology company that pioneered the use of biologically-engineered insects to control disease-spreading mosquitoes and crop-destroying agricultural ...
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Podcast: 7 modern pest control tools that protect our food from hungry bugs

Need to manage a pest problem? Luckily, there are many ways to do that! From physical to biological and chemical ...
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Glyphosate trial: Text messages, emails reveal Monsanto’s ‘cozy’ relationship with EPA, plaintiffs’ lawyer argues

As the trial over the world’s most widely used herbicide and its connection to a California couple’s cancer stretches into ...
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‘Bee safe’ pesticides that replaced neonicotinoids may harm pollinators, activist-funded study finds

New pesticides regarded as “bee safe” could actually be causing harm to these vital pollinators when combined with other chemicals ...
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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban spurs farmers to abandon canola crops, important resource for bees

When neonicotinoid seed treatments were first banned in flowering crops, control of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape [OSR] ...
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State officials urge EPA to permit additional restrictions on controversial herbicide dicamba

The nation's state pesticide regulators are fighting back after EPA's recent announcement that it is considering limiting states' ability to ...
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Facing 10,000 plus glyphosate-cancer lawsuits, Bayer enters court-ordered mediation with next plaintiff

Bayer said on [April 12] it would comply with a U.S. federal judge’s order to enter mediation with a plaintiff ...
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Why do we need GMOs if we already grow enough food to feed the world?

The world produces enough food to feed everyone, but what does that really mean, considering abundant food in the west ...
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Canada codifies new neonicotinoid insecticide rules, allows key agricultural use to continue

Health Canada will restrict some uses of neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impact on honeybees and other pollinators, but the ...
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Viewpoint: Do pesticides boost autism risk? New report says ‘possibly’ but correlations are ‘weak’ and ‘misleading’

Recently a study titled “Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study” ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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USDA: Vietnam’s glyphosate ban ‘devastating’ to global agricultural production

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on [April 11] criticized Vietnam’s move to ban imports of glyphosate herbicide [Bayer's Roundup], ...
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New CDC glyphosate report: “Most studies found no association between exposure to glyphosate-based products and risk of cancer”

A new [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] report on glyphosate’s toxicological effects likely will play a role in the ongoing ...
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Podcast: Farmers divided over controversial weed killer dicamba as legal battle against Bayer heats up

The herbicide dicamba's job is to kill weeds, and many farmers say it's a lifesaver. But the chemical has also damaged ...
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Plant hormones help battle purple witchweed, major threat to sub-Saharan Africa’s staple crops

Striga hermonthica, also known as purple witchweed, is an invasive parasitic plant threatening sub-Saharan Africa's food production. Striga infects the region's staple ...
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Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging Bayer tried to monopolize dicamba-resistant seed market

A federal court has granted Monsanto's move to dismiss a complaint filed by a Missouri farmer alleging a conspiracy to ...
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Bayer lawsuits: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defends glyphosate before House appropriations subcommittee

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue....defended the use of the weedkiller Roundup after two cases resulted in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against Bayer ...
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Viewpoint: Politico veers again into pseudoscience and politics with another misleading glyphosate infographic

Once again, a website known for its political coverage proves itself unable to report on science-related issues ...
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Bayer releases 107 Roundup safety studies as glyphosate-cancer legal battle continues

With recent legal battles, Bayer [has released]....all 107 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety study reports that were submitted to the European Food Safety ...
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Neurologist Steven Novella: Here’s what latest science says about glyphosate-cancer link

Glyphosate has been in the news recently because of the recent court case in which a jury awarded DeWayne Johnson ...
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Pesticides increase cancer risk for farmers? Rethinking the ‘irrefutable consensus’

Though it may seem otherwise, the term 'irrefutable' is not at all flattering ...
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Farm groups challenge petition for tighter EPA insecticide rules, saying restrictions could hamper sound conservation

Nearly 100 organizations recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency encouraging the agency to reject a petition related to seeds treated with ...
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Viewpoint: Bayer ‘open for looting’ as company battles 11,000 glyphosate-cancer lawsuits

The vagaries of American tort law were on display in San Francisco....as six jurors decided that Bayer AG is liable ...
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Avoiding fruits and vegetables because of pesticides is bad for your health, dietitian warns

I wonder why during National Nutrition Month, when we dietitians are encouraging everyone to increase nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits, ...