First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest ...
Germany glyphosate 43277

Germany planning ‘massive restrictions’ on glyphosate herbicide use in agriculture

German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on [April 17] said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the ...
Organic Consumers Association 323727

Viewpoint: Organic Consumers Association promotes conspiracy theory blaming farm pesticides for school shootings

A crackpot named E. G. Vallianatos has written a blog post that links pesticides to school shootings. He says, "[Pesticides] may have ...
Jon Entine 342732

Video: Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine on GMOs and ‘chemophobia’

In this episode of The Dissenter, Ricardo Lopes interviews Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine about bioengineering, GMOs and "chemophobia." Ricardo ...
Indigo Ag 32637

Agricultural tech startup Indigo uses microbes to improve crops

In humans, a healthy microbiome—the universe of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that lives inside all of us—is increasingly recognized as critical ...
Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of ...
organic food gmo 323799

Viewpoint: Why ‘organic’ should be redefined to include GMOs

The challenges of sustainable food production without damaging the environment for a growing human population have increased considerably. The current ...
Honeybee population isn't ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

Honeybee population isn’t ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

In recent years, articles on honeybees have often started with a sentence like this: “Populations of honeybees have crashed in ...
Video: John Franz invented the herbicide glyphosate—is he a farming hero or villain?

Video: John Franz invented the herbicide glyphosate—is he a farming hero or villain?

Who's the man behind Glyphosate, and why is he winning some of the highest honors in science if his invention ...
rice blast fungus genetic 28238

30% of the world’s rice supply is lost to rice blast fungus—this chemical genetic treatment could halt it

Scientists have found a way to stop the spread of rice blast, a fungus that destroys up to 30% of ...
Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen pesticides food 43727328

Viewpoint: 6 reasons to reject the Environmental Working Group’s misinformation on food and pesticides

1. It creates a false sense of food risk where next to none exists. They are not a testing organization. They ...
honeybees neonicotinoids glyphosate 43279055

Neonicotinoids, glyphosate may impact honeybees’ ability to taste and learn, ‘field realistic’ lab study claims

Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their foraging hive mates, ...
environmental working group dirty dozen pesticides 323299

Viewpoint: EWG’s Dirty Dozen foods and pesticides list scares people away from healthy eating

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on [April 10] released its 2018 “Dirty Dozen” list to showcase the top pesticide-riddled fruits and vegetables. But some argue ...
Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list highlights 'meaningless distinctions' between organic and conventional foods

Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list highlights ‘meaningless distinctions’ between organic and conventional foods

On April 10, the Environmental Working Group – an NGO funded by big organic marketers – released its annual “Dirty Dozen List” ...
organic environment 4327

Large-scale switch to organic farming would imperil natural habitats, study finds

Organic agriculture is not as good for the environment as commonly believed, according to a new scientific study reviewing multiple lines of ...
Well fed documentary 34827327

‘Well Fed’: Dutch documentary challenges rich countries’ anti-GMO views

A trip to Bangladesh with your friends might be a great idea, but that won’t be possible for everyone. But ...
US tentatively approves Bayer's $62.5 billion takeover of Monsanto

US tentatively approves Bayer’s $62.5 billion takeover of Monsanto

The Justice Department has decided to allow BayerAG’s megadeal to acquire Monsanto Co., valued at more than $60 billion, after the ...
plant vaccine rna rnai spray crop 432737

Vaccines for plants? RNA spray could help protect crops from pests and disease

Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals ...
California cancer coffee 43277

Viewpoint: Why California labels everything a carcinogen—and why it should stop

You may have heard that coffee gives you cancer. Or that everything gives you cancer—if you live in California. The reason: Proposition 65. It’s ...
organic gmo genetically modified 327732

Video: Does ‘organic’ mean GMO-free?

The definition of what "GMO" means is most important in the context of organic production, because they’ve been the champions ...
glyphosate urine jama 4327

Viewpoint: JAMA falls short in ‘correction’ of research letter reporting glyphosate in urine

In October 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) added to the weight of evidence they care more about media ...
academy 1 10 18 1.png

Strange bedfellows: American Academy of Pediatrics allies with Environmental Working Group, known for anti-science messages

On the subjects of organics and pesticides, the American Academy of Pediatrics finds itself supporting the Environmental Working Group, an ...
organic emulsifier carrageenan 3236

USDA says carrageenan emulsifier is ok for organics—despite opposition within the industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided that organic food companies can keep using an emulsifier called carrageenan in foods like ice ...
glyphosate cancer 34278

‘Junk science’? Judge and UCLA scientist square off in glyphosate-cancer lawsuit

Returning to the witness stand, a scientist on Wednesday [April 4] defended her opinion that Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup ...
glyphosate sri lanka 3554475734

Sri Lankan chemistry professor: Lift the glyphosate ban, which was based on pseudoscience

As a Professor of Chemistry and University President who in a small way pioneered environmental science and food technology in the 1970s ...
neonicotinoid thiacloprid bees 4327

Field study finds no negative impact on bees from neonicotinoid insecticide

In the last decade, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides increased significantly in the agricultural landscape and meanwhile considered a risk ...
chemical gardening organic 437223

Viewpoint: Chemical-free gardening is a myth

So-called “nature” is teeming with chemicals, in soil, in plants, in rain and not only in nettles. Chemical-free gardening is ...
dicamba 3 28 18 1

Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming monarch butterflies threatened by dicamba herbicide

Dicamba drifts. Apparently, more than expected by a lot of farmers, agriculture officials and manufacturers. But does that mean, as ...

Send this to a friend