Viewpoint: Phase out neonicotinoids? Walmart’s new farmer mandates promote alarmist misinformation about bee health

Viewpoint: Phase out neonicotinoids? Walmart’s new farmer mandates promote alarmist misinformation about bee health

Walmart is making two big asks from its producers. First, it’s encouraging fresh produce suppliers to “protect, restore, or establish ...
Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

A Mexican judge has sided with Bayer AG in a legal challenge to a government plan to prohibit glyphosate, according ...
‘Tools for sustainable agriculture of the future’: Biopesticides will be able to control pests, diseases, and weeds — and make crops more resistant to climate change

‘Tools for sustainable agriculture of the future’: Biopesticides will be able to control pests, diseases, and weeds — and make crops more resistant to climate change

Biologicals are tools for the sustainable agriculture of the future... Biologicals are a class of agricultural products that include biopesticides, ...
Viewpoint: Is our western food system based on 'intensive agriculture' broken? Not if the environment and alleviating poverty and hunger matter

Viewpoint: Is our western food system based on ‘intensive agriculture’ broken? Not if the environment and alleviating poverty and hunger matter

In the popular bourgeois imagination, the idealized farm looks something like the ones that sell produce at local farmers markets ...
Worth the higher price tag? What benefits are you really getting when you garden using organic seeds?

Worth the higher price tag? What benefits are you really getting when you garden using organic seeds?

Whether a seed is labeled organic or not depends on the parent plant. If the parent plant was only treated ...
Former New Zealand EPA chief scientist says agrochemicals help 'provide safe and affordable food'

Former New Zealand EPA chief scientist says agrochemicals help ‘provide safe and affordable food’

The US Department of Agriculture has calculated that pesticides have become less toxic, more potent (leading to lower application rates), ...
Viewpoint — ‘Selective skepticism’ and media hypocrisy: Why are liberal news sites vigilant in challenging COVID misinformation but give anti-biotechnology and chemical scare-mongers a free pass?

Viewpoint — ‘Selective skepticism’ and media hypocrisy: Why are liberal news sites vigilant in challenging COVID misinformation but give anti-biotechnology and chemical scare-mongers a free pass?

In recent months, the mainstream press has been on a crusade against COVID vaccine skepticism, tenaciously promoting science-based medicine and ...
Fighting cancer in humans has opened doors to controlling chemical resistance in weeds

Fighting cancer in humans has opened doors to controlling chemical resistance in weeds

Glyphosate was first introduced into Australian broadacre cropping systems almost half a century ago as an effective way to kill ...
Viewpoint: Does glyphosate affect the gut microbiome? How modest findings snowball into 'shameless' sensational claims

Viewpoint: Does glyphosate affect the gut microbiome? How modest findings snowball into ‘shameless’ sensational claims

Here is a report from the Environmental Protection Agency of the Danish Ministry of the Environment: "Effects of glyphosate on ...
Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate

As the benefits of biotechnology come to fruition, people are letting go of the dated view that we should be ...
Viewpoint: A world without pollinators? Don’t fall for ‘lurid tales of bee Armageddon’

Viewpoint: A world without pollinators? Don’t fall for ‘lurid tales of bee Armageddon’

A torrent of media stories from 2013-2014 presented frightening tales of “unprecedented” colony collapse disorder (CCD) among honeybees, conjuring up ...
'In the Weeds': Answering the question—Do biotech crops increase pesticide use?

‘In the Weeds’: Answering the question—Do biotech crops increase pesticide use?

At CSPI, we set out to answer the question of whether GE crops increase the use of pesticides, and dove ...
Chemicals can no longer easily defeat weeds and insects. These genetic solutions might help farmers control voracious pests

Chemicals can no longer easily defeat weeds and insects. These genetic solutions might help farmers control voracious pests

’Resistance is leading to this problem where the control measures that we have relied on for decades are no longer ...
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Claiming pollinator declines are linked to pesticides, Walmart announces new policy encouraging produce suppliers to stop using chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids on crops

Pollinators include butterflies and moths, birds, bats, beetles and many more, and without them some of our favorite foods wouldn’t ...
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Viewpoint: Why is National Geographic embracing simplistic activist narratives on nuanced pesticide controversies?

For more than a century, National Geographic has produced a high-quality magazine that is well-grounded in science, history and culture ...
International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

The United States and Europe are home to some of the most influential anti-biotechnology advocacy groups in the world. They ...
Video: Vaccines are rescuing the world from COVID. Could they also protect food crops from deadly plant diseases and pandemics?

Video: Vaccines are rescuing the world from COVID. Could they also protect food crops from deadly plant diseases and pandemics?

Preventing plant-disease outbreaks is an urgent matter — as urgent as having a rapid response strategy for human viruses. The ...
Do pesticide residues on crops pose a hazard? Latest EU Food Safety Authority report says no

Do pesticide residues on crops pose a hazard? Latest EU Food Safety Authority report says no

The latest report on pesticide residues in food in the European Union is now available, giving a snapshot of residue ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Facing EPA skepticism and a slew of suits targeting Xtend cropping system, Corteva ends development of their dicamba-choline weedkiller

[Corteva Agriscience] opted to end the EPA registration process underway for a novel dicamba herbicide containing a dicamba choline salt ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than 'natural' organics

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this ...
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Viewpoint: Spend $83,000 on organic food to prevent cancer? Here’s why you should save your money

The alternative health advocates at Natural News recommend you spend an additional $83,000 on organic food to avoid cancer and ...
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‘Let the government arrest us’: India’s farmers will plant more illegal glyphosate-tolerant cotton to protest GM crop restrictions

It is illegal to grow [herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt)] cotton in India since the Government has not cleared it for commercial ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall during the last few decades, many consumers are still worried about pesticides ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
Changing course, Health Canada finds neonicotinoid pesticides ‘not a threat’ to aquatic insects

Changing course, Health Canada finds neonicotinoid pesticides ‘not a threat’ to aquatic insects

In 2018, Health Canada proposed to phase out all agricultural uses of thiamethoxam, a Syngenta product, and clothianidin, a Bayer ...
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