Chemicals & Pesticides

Pesticides are substances that prevent, destroy, repel, or reduce the severity of pests. Pests are living things that occur where they are not wanted or that cause damage to humans, crops, or animals. Pests can be insects, rodents, unwanted plants, bacteria, viruses, or different types of fungus. Pesticides can vary in how toxic they are to humans and the environment. Some are persistent in the environment, animals, and birds, lasting for years; others break down soon after they are released. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants licenses, or registrations, to pesticides that it has found do not pose unreasonable risks to human health and the environment; it has registered at least 865 pesticides, which are used in thousands of pesticide products.

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Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Scientists in [Kenya] have successfully tested genetically modified maize samples that are resistant to stem borer and are drought tolerant ...
How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

If Paris and Rome carry through with their plans to ban glyphosate, a small group of French, Italian and Belgian ...
Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Consumers have been paying a lot to eat organic; foods with the certification sometimes costs twice as much as conventional products. The premium prices may not be ...
GMO sugar beets help farmers reduce herbicide, water and fuel use, improve soil

GMO sugar beets help farmers reduce herbicide, water and fuel use, improve soil

You could say sugar-beet sugar runs through the blood of Luke Adams. “I grew up a sugar beet farmer,” Adams ...
Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

[Editor's note: Cécile Philippe is an economist and Director-General of the Molinari Economic Institute.] In France, a glyphosate ban for ...
Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

European Union countries found themselves at odds on Monday [Nov. 27] over weed killer. After a long deadlock over renewing the ...
Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt's 'inexcusable' attack on orange growers betrays science

Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt’s ‘inexcusable’ attack on orange growers betrays science

Activist group Moms Across America, run by someone with zero scientific training, makes a living attacking farmers and scientists that ...
GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines' industry, reduce pesticide use

GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines’ industry, reduce pesticide use

Following a multi-year slump, the Philippine cotton industry is anticipating a renaissance through the help of an innovative, science-based crop that farmers ...
Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

[Jean-Daniel] Charrière oversees bee research at the Swiss government's agriculture institute, Agroscope. ... Currently, there is a big focus among scientists, activists ...
Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering 'only option' to improve food security

Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering ‘only option’ to improve food security

[Editor's note: Rajeev Varshney is Research Program Director for Genetic Gains, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups' master plan substitutes 'citizen science' for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups’ master plan substitutes ‘citizen science’ for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

The European Union resisted the lobbying of organic and anti-biotech groups to renew authorization of glyphosate, although only for five ...
French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

The European Union voted on Monday [Nov. 27] to extend its authorization for the world’s best-selling herbicide for an abbreviated ...
Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Scott Prentice, executive director of BioChecked, has been in the food certification business since 2010. However, he's made the most ...
EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending 'heated debate'

EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending ‘heated debate’

EU countries approved on Monday [Nov. 27] the use of weed-killer glyphosate for the next five years after a heated ...
EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

If the European Union eventually phases out all the popular glyphosate herbicide, the loss of farm productivity could cost Europe ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

An acronym that conjures specters like pesticides, cancer, obesity, the transformation of life forms into intellectual property, and corporate control ...
Argentina authorizes new herbicide-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Argentina authorizes new herbicide-resistant GMO soybean seeds

Argentina authorized on Friday [Nov. 24] the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as ...
French scientist calls for inquiry into IARC's 'misbehavior' on glyphosate cancer study

French scientist calls for inquiry into IARC’s ‘misbehavior’ on glyphosate cancer study

Following revelations that IARC withheld data showing the herbicide glyphosate does not cause cancer, French molecular geneticist Marcel Kuntz calls ...
France to vote against 5-year EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

France to vote against 5-year EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

France will vote against a five-year extension of the license for weed-killer glyphosate that the European Commission will propose on ...
Viewpoint: GMO crops are future of African farming—if anti-biotech activists get out of the way

Viewpoint: GMO crops are future of African farming—if anti-biotech activists get out of the way

[I]nfluenced by European environmentalists, most African countries forbid the growing of genetically modified crops. This is a pity, because unless ...
Anti-biotechnology fake news: 'Natural News' claims RNAi used to 'eliminate black people'

Anti-biotechnology fake news: ‘Natural News’ claims RNAi used to ‘eliminate black people’

Anti-GMO campaigners are promoting a new conspiracy theory conflating the pioneering genetics technology of RNAi with anti-vaxxer myths and a ...
Mexico revokes Monsanto permit to develop GMO soybean seeds in 7 states

Mexico revokes Monsanto permit to develop GMO soybean seeds in 7 states

Agriculture sanitation authority Senasica has revoked a permit held by Monsanto to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy? | Andrew Porterfield Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond ...
Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides, but these chemicals are rampant in nature and many natural ones are more ...
Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without ...
Promising GMO and gene-edited wheat varieties hindered by costly regulations, consumer concerns

Promising GMO and gene-edited wheat varieties hindered by costly regulations, consumer concerns

“Everything that my lab has produced is down in the basement.” That is how Peggy G. Lemaux, Ph.D., described the ...
Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

[Editor's note: Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The following is part of a letter ...
EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have cleared a genetically modified sugar beet developed by Monsanto and KWS for reauthorisation ...