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Agriculture’s Big Data revolution increases efficiency, reduces food waste from farm to table

[A]bout a third of food produced is lost or wasted every year. Globally, that’s a $940 billion economic hit. Inefficiencies ...
'Refuge planting': How farmers could help slow developing insect resistance to GMO Bt crops

‘Refuge planting’: How farmers could help slow developing insect resistance to GMO Bt crops

To date ... Bt crops have been remarkably successful. However, insect pests have shown the ability to evolve resistance to ...
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Ayman Jallad: Mysterious Syrian-Lebanese businessman funds anti-GMO activist network in Europe

Ayman Jallad has two battles on his hands. The Syrian-Lebanese businessman is in the challenging business of selling imported Caterpillar ...
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California v EPA: Legal challenge possible over Prop 65 labeling of herbicide glyphosate as carcinogenic

Monsanto officially lost its fight to avoid a Prop 65 warning label on its products containing glyphosate, a chemical used ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides in trace level parts per trillion detected in drinking water in Iowa

[A] team of chemists and engineers at the [U.S. Geological Survey] and University of Iowa reported that they found neonicotinoids ...
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Video: Genetic engineering could help African farmers increase yields without expensive fertilizers

In this video by Robert Hazen of the [Cornell] Alliance for Science, scientists from the Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa ...
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Inexperienced hobbyist beekeepers ‘major driver’ of honey bee colony losses in Europe

Reports of honey bee population decline has spurred many national efforts to understand the extent of the problem and to ...
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Chipotle fumbles science in attempt to justify its anti-GMO stance

[Editor's note: Stephan Neidenbach is a middle school teacher and blogger. He runs the popular We Loves GMO and Vaccines ...
What are natural flavors and scents? Biotechnology blurs the definition

What are natural flavors and scents? Biotechnology blurs the definition

A company in the United Kingdom can transform chemicals found in oranges into the coveted flavor of grapefruit. By mixing ...
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Fertilizer-making GE microbes could boost crop yields, fight malnutrition in developing world

Industrial fertilizers help feed billions of people every year, but they remain beyond the reach of many of the world’s ...
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Next generation insect-resistant GM cotton could be ‘game changer’ for Australian farmers

A new variety of genetically modified cotton is shaping up to be a game-changer for those looking to grow cotton ...
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Does National Institutes of Health fund ‘scientifically questionable’ European cancer groups?

The NIH and top official Linda Birnbaum face questions from a Congressional oversight committee about US funding of European cancer ...
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Was the EPA right not to ban the crop pesticide chlorpyrifos?

The EPA decision allowing farmers to continue using the popular pesticide chlorpyrifos has drawn both praise and scorn, each side ...
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Bangladesh announces release of 3 more GMO pest-resistant eggplant varieties

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) will release three more varieties of the country's first genetically modified (GM) crop--Bt Brinjal [eggplant], ...
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Greenpeace’s ‘double standard’ on lab-created seedless watermelons and GMOs

[Editor's note: Myles Power is a chemist in Manchester, England. Read the GLP profile of Greenpeace here.] Last year [2016], I ...
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What is synthetic biology?

[Synthetic biology is] a discipline that brings together the insights and methodologies of computer science; engineering; and, of course, biology ...
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ChemChina takeover of Syngenta approved by US, EU regulators in China’s biggest foreign acquisition ever

U.S. and European regulators have cleared a Chinese conglomerate's proposed $43 billion acquisition of Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta on condition ...
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Bee-apocalypse update: Honeybee deaths linked to gut microbe-altering antibiotic

[Editor's note: Kasie Raymann, Zach Shaffer, and Nancy Moran are researchers in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University ...
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Non-GMO Wild Turkey whiskey? Latest absurd food label illustrates hypocritical anti-GMO cancer fears

[Editor’s note: Kevin Folta is a molecular biologist and chair of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida.] [April 2, ...
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Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming wild bees near extinction

An environmental group's report grabbed headlines for claiming 1 in 4 wild bee species is at risk of extinction. Many ...
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Putting cancer risk in perspective: Random errors in DNA replication bigger factor than diet, lifestyle choices

[Editor's note: Jayson Lusk is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.] [E]ven if you eat ...
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How we can preserve biodiversity while maintaining agricultural yields, meet nutritional demands

[Editor's note: Claire Kremen is a professor of conservation biology at University of California, Berkeley, where she also co-directs the Center for Diversified ...
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Video: Facts, fears and future of GMOs—in a nutshell

GMOs are one of the most controversial areas of science. Genetic engineering is used in many fields, but even though ...
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Opposition to Dow-DuPont merger emerges among major farmer group

[Editor's note: The National Farmer's Union is the second largest general farm organization in the country. It represents more than 200,000 ...
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Oregon considers new restrictions, labels for neonicotinoid insecticides over bee health concerns

Neonicotinoid pesticides, which critics blame for death and illness among pollinators, would be subject to new restrictions and labeling rules ...
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Talking Biotech: What environmental hazards remain from accidental release of GMO grass seeds?

Oregon State's Carol Mallory-Smith says transgene flow from Roundup Ready bentgrass to non-GMO grass species offers lessons for regulators ...
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Non-GMO movement plagued by ‘rampant sexism’, critic says

It’s no secret that [moms are] among the most coveted demographics of the non-GMO marketing machine. Jeffrey Smith, one of ...
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