Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

The latest numbers on honeybee colonies have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they show that the ...
French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

Condemned as "bee killers," [neonicotinoid pesticides] have been officially banned in France since 2018. However, faced with the jaundice crisis ...
Glyphosate on trial: In an 'unequal contest' between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Glyphosate on trial: In an ‘unequal contest’ between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Recently, I was asked to speak about the weedkiller glyphosate on Radio Colombia. As is often the case with media ...
Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Dramatic health benefits combined with low consumption figures underscore the need and importance of multiple efforts and resources to improve ...
EU ‘Green Deal’ could mandate 50% cut in pesticide use, include tax on ‘most dangerous’ chemicals

EU ‘Green Deal’ could mandate 50% cut in pesticide use, include tax on ‘most dangerous’ chemicals

The [European] Commission proposed a 50 percent cut in the risk and use of pesticides by 2030 as part of ...
Viewpoint: Glyphosate weedkiller is dangerous and should be banned, or the $11 billion Roundup settlement is a legal ‘shakedown'

Viewpoint: Glyphosate weedkiller is dangerous and should be banned, or the $11 billion Roundup settlement is a legal ‘shakedown’

Plaintiffs allege that glyphosate—a widely used herbicide—is carcinogenic. Though it looks like Bayer will end up paying nearly $11 billion ...
Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Facing tighter pesticide restrictions, Italian fruit growers hope biotechnology can help protect their orchards

Fruit growers are on the alert.  “Once again we fruit growers find ourselves facing .... the consequences of other people’s ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Within days of being sworn in, President Joe Biden elevated the science adviser to the president to Cabinet rank, with ...
GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

GM, drought-tolerant, insect-resistant corn could save Nigeria $168 million in pesticide imports annually

Nigeria could save $168 million worth of chemical import annually from the production of the new maize variety.  [TELA maize ...
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EPA blocks state-level attempts to ease restrictions on drift-prone dicamba weedkiller

EPA said it intends to deny an attempt by North Carolina to extend the cutoff dates for dicamba to accommodate ...
8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

Are you worried about the environment and the 'proliferation of unnecessary chemicals'? Concerned that CRISPR and other forms of genetic ...
‘Realistic’ exposure to insecticide sulfoxaflor poses no notable risk to honeybees, study shows

‘Realistic’ exposure to insecticide sulfoxaflor poses no notable risk to honeybees, study shows

Recent evidence suggests that one of the most prominent replacements of the banned neonicotinoids – the insecticide sulfoxaflor - harms ...
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Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they 'know' spread misinformation?

Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they ‘know’ spread misinformation?

In the face of climate change, the expectation for evidence is doubled because of the dramatic implications ...
Viewpoint: New York Times' Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof has shown an admirable commitment over the years towards highlighting under-reported stories. He fights ...
Viewpoint: Eco-hypocrisy—Mexico bans GM corn and glyphosate to promote sustainability while subsidizing fossil fuels

Viewpoint: Eco-hypocrisy—Mexico bans GM corn and glyphosate to promote sustainability while subsidizing fossil fuels

Imagine for a moment that the US government banned smart phones and tablets and forced everyone to use home telephones ...
Urine test to detect glyphosate weedkiller is a marketing 'hoax,' French farmers say

Urine test to detect glyphosate weedkiller is a marketing ‘hoax,’ French farmers say

Are the Elisa tests used by environmental associations to analyze the level of glyphosate present in urine .... reliable? No, ...
GMOs in Bangladesh: Insect-resistant eggplant a sustainability success. Here's how the country can safeguard its progress

GMOs in Bangladesh: Insect-resistant eggplant a sustainability success. Here’s how the country can safeguard its progress

In the seven years since Bangladesh approved its first genetically modified crop — insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) — the number ...
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25 years of GM crops: Biotechnology a blessing to many farmers, but not without costs

Brent Rendel, who started farming in the early 1990s, easily remembers how magical Roundup Ready crops seemed and the awe ...
New Zealand farmers experience 25% lower cancer rates than city dwellers, study shows, challenging misleading environmentalist claim they face higher pesticide cancer risks

New Zealand farmers experience 25% lower cancer rates than city dwellers, study shows, challenging misleading environmentalist claim they face higher pesticide cancer risks

The good news [in the 2020 New Zealand] State of Cancer report is that the overall incidence of cancer is ...
Spray-on viral treatment can ‘fine-tune’ crops as they grow, without genetic engineering

Spray-on viral treatment can ‘fine-tune’ crops as they grow, without genetic engineering

[W]ith climate change in action across the globe, forecasting temperature and rainfall is becoming more challenging. Hence during the crop ...
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Farmer lawsuits could block Mexico’s proposed glyphosate weedkiller and GMO crop bans

The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified (GMO) corn as well as the widely-used herbicide glyphosate will likely ...
Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Farmers in Germany will have to gradually reduce their use of glyphosate and stop using it completely from 2024 in ...
Glyphosate-tolerant sugarbeet: Case study of lower CO2 emissions, higher yields with GM crops

Glyphosate-tolerant sugarbeet: Case study of lower CO2 emissions, higher yields with GM crops

Western Sugar Cooperative is a co-op of beet producers who mainly farm in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.  [Chief scientist ...
Misleading glyphosate-cancer study Part 2: 'Symptom of a widespread problem'—Concerns about ideological activism in science research and communications

Misleading glyphosate-cancer study Part 2: ‘Symptom of a widespread problem’—Concerns about ideological activism in science research and communications

For the better part of five years, a coalition of environmental groups and tort lawyers (aided by the mainstream press) ...
The glyphosate debacle: How a misleading study about the alleged risks of the weedkiller Roundup and gullible reporters helped fuel a cancer scare

The glyphosate debacle: How a misleading study about the alleged risks of the weedkiller Roundup and gullible reporters helped fuel a cancer scare

As biotech giant Bayer prepares to spend $10 billion settling thousands of lawsuits alleging its weedkiller Roundup (and its active ...
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