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Viewpoint: North American scientists, IARC officials conspired to misrepresent glyphosate health risks

On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the active substance ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming activists oppose New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

Viewpoint: Why organic farming activists oppose New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

There was a brief moment in 2015 where organic farming researchers were having an open discussion on adopting certain innovative ...
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‘Ecomodern Eating’: Why agricultural productivity and innovation are key to sustainable food and farming

Sunday, April 22nd, marked nearly 50 years since millions of people gathered for the first Earth Day. Their celebration raised awareness ...
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Genetic engineering has ‘enormous potential’ to solve environmental problems in Africa, scientists say

[S]cientists and government officials, in a series of exclusive interviews with the Alliance for Science, opined that biotechnology is one ...
Viewpoint: Why is the Guardian publishing anti-GMO activist Carey Gillam's glyphosate lies?

Viewpoint: Why is the Guardian publishing anti-GMO activist Carey Gillam’s glyphosate lies?

Carey Gillam is an anti-GMO activist who once wrote for Reuters, but no longer does. An e-mail obtained from a FOIA ...
How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

The EU has announced a near-total ban on three insecticides that we now know are harmful to bees and other pollinators. And yet for ...
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Viewpoint: David Suzuki’s views on GMOs ‘well outside the scientific mainstream’

Mr. Suzuki is known by most as a twinkly-eyed old sage with a harmless message about living in tune with ...
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What’s behind public’s fear of glyphosate?

As cases in federal court and several state courts delve into whether there is evidence that glyphosate causes cancer, a ...
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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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How does the science of Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ stand up more than 50 years later?

Carson’s detractors accuse her of misrepresenting the science. Wrong: Carson wrote that pesticides and herbicides disorder ecosystems because they kill ...
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Scientists worry EU’s neonicotinoid ban could lead to increase in spraying of other insecticides

Dr Bill Parker, Director of Research, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said: “While this decision is not unexpected given ...
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Insect-resistant GMO corn could help fend off fall armyworm invasion in Ghana, scientists say

Mr Eric Amaning Okoree, Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Authority (NBA) says genetically modified (GM) crops have a high potential ...
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Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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EU health commissioner: Neonicotinoid, glyphosate decisions show European regulations consistent, science-based

No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate ...
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Organic foods have less pesticide residue—but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthier

The available evidence supports consumers’ belief that organic food production and consumption result in lower pesticide exposure, are more environmentally ...
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UK National Farmers Union: Neonicotinoid ban could compromise crop protection

The NFU has called the decision to ban the use of neonicotinoids to all outdoor crops as a "regrettable decision ...
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Let’s recognize Roundup Ready and Bt crops as major contributions to sustainable farming

This is the first in a three-part series making the case that the development of biotech traits for insect resistance ...
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EU approves total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides due to bee health concerns

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they ...
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Why do farmers use GMOs and pesticides?

Chemicals changed the course of agriculture. They became available. Then they became affordable. And then they started to keep their ...
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Can ‘gene drives’ for crop pests work in the real world?

The spotted wing fruit fly is one of the world’s major crop destroyers. Scientifically known as Drosophila suzukii, this peppercorn-size insect ...
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Monsanto launches product that deactivates dicamba herbicide in spraying equipment

Monsanto Co is launching the first product that deactivates a controversial weed killer inside spraying equipment after it is used, ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticide soaked strawberries? Why you shouldn’t pay attention to Environmental Working Group’s ‘fear-mongering’

It’s springtime which means it is time for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to send the media into a frenzy ...
Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

One of the more intriguing subplots in the melodramatic debate over neonicotinoids and the ‘future of bees’ is the apparent ...
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How synthetic biology can help world meet UN sustainable development goals

The agenda of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges the synthetic biology community—and the life sciences as a whole—to develop transformative ...
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‘Superweeds’: How the pigweed Palmer amaranth developed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate, and why the news isn’t all bad

Earlier this spring, researchers at Kansas State University released new findings on the evolution of glyphosate resistance in Palmer amaranth ...
Viewpoint: Friends of the Earth ignores organic pesticides harmful to bees

Viewpoint: Friends of the Earth ignores organic pesticides harmful to bees

Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the sale of ...
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California court rejects challenge of state’s decision to label glyphosate herbicide as possible carcinogen

A state appeals court on [April 19] backed California’s listing of the widely used herbicide glyphosate as a possible cause ...
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‘Kenya’s silver bullet’? How GMO insect resistant Bt corn could help farmers fight fall armyworm outbreak

Genetically modified maize, Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) could be Kenya’s silver bullet in the fight against Fall Armyworm which has so ...