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Which GM crops might be embraced by the organic movement — if sustainability matters

[Editor's note: Gerhart Ryffel is a professor at the Institute of Cell Biology, Essen University Hospital in Germany.] Several years ago, I ...
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Environmental Working Group’s ‘dirty’ marketing serves ‘big organic’ donors, not consumers

Environmental Working Group's list of 'chemically soaked' fruits and vegetables is unscientific and promotes the false idea that conventional foods ...
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‘Save the Bees?’ General Mills campaign perpetuates myths about GMOs, pesticides

Watch out – Buzz, the iconic mascot for General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios, is going to be missing in action ...
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Farms are not like Eden: The case for aggressive human intervention in agriculture

Farming is controlling nature for our own purposes. There is no utopian state. We should stop trying to restore, recover, ...
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Is your sperm being zapped by chemicals in the environment?

Nick Kristof is an accomplished reporter...[but] when he ventures into issues relating to environmental exposures and their putative health effects, ...
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‘Industrial’ corn: GM variety makes ethanol more energy efficient

Farmers in [North Dakota] will grow an industrial-quality corn specifically designed for the ethanol industry this summer. Corn with the ...
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Understanding innovation’s ‘enemies’: Calestous Juma explores how new technologies can overcome social opposition

[Editor's Note: The following is a review of the book, "Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies" by Harvard ...
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California can list glyphosate herbicide under Prop 65 as a carcinogen, following court win

[Editor's note: On March 15, 2017, it was announced that glyphosate was found "not carcinogenic" by a European safety agency ...
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Minnesota lawmakers block legislation to regulate neonicotinoid insecticides

Minnesota lawmakers have derailed legislation to give the state Department of Agriculture authority over seeds treated with insecticide. Seeds treated ...
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Glyphosate found ‘not carcinogenic’: Key European safety agency joins consensus view on herbicide’s safety

A key European safety agency says glyphosate does not cause cancer, paving the way for the herbicide to regain long-term ...
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With pesticide resistance rising, crop scientists look to CRISPR, bacteria for solutions

Resistance to conventional pesticides — among insects, weeds or microbial pathogens — is common on farms worldwide. CropLife International, an ...
Australian election results could spell bad news for GMO farmers

Australian election results could spell bad news for GMO farmers

Labor's comprehensive victory at the [March 2017] WA [Western Australia] election raises questions about the future status of plant biotechnology ...
Study challenges belief that milkweed is sole cause of monarch butterfly declines

Study challenges belief that milkweed is sole cause of monarch butterfly declines

Steep declines in the number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in Mexico are not fully explained by fewer ...
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EPA/Monsanto collusion alleged in lawsuit challenging safety of Roundup herbicide

[Editor's note: Read the GLP's coverage of glyphosate's cancer risk here and here. Read the American Council on Science and Health's ...
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Challenging Danny Hakim’s New York Times claim that Monsanto conspired to cover up glyphosate dangers

[Editor's note: Alex Berezow is a microbiologist and a senior fellow of biomedical science at the American Council on Science ...
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Glyphosate: Dangerous chemical or anti-GMO bogeyman?

Glyphosate has drawn scrutiny and criticism like no other chemical in agriculture since the controversy over DDT. But years of ...
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Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen pesticide-in-foods list confuses risk and hazard

It's that time of the year when the Environmental Working Group produces its "Dirty Dozen List" - foods they believe ...
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Toxin, glyphosate, carcinogen: Story behind 3 most misused words in conventional vs. organic farming debate

[Editor's note: Marthélize Tredoux is a former scientist and co-owner and editor at Incogvino, a website that covers wine. By day, ...
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To make farming more sustainable, don’t mimic nature — do it better

Behind many efforts to make agriculture more sustainable is the idea that our farming systems need to be more like ...
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Is organic farming ‘holy grail’ to environmental, food scarcity problems? Study says no

Many people choose organic thinking it’s better for humans and the planet, but a new UBC study published today in ...
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UN Commission report promoting organics, critical of pesticides challenged as biased

A recent UN report grabbed headlines for dismissing as ‘myth’ the notion that pesticides are necessary to feed the world ...
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Talking Biotech: Habitat loss, parasitic mites — not GMOs, pesticides — prime culprits in butterfly, bee losses

GMOs and pesticides are often blamed for pollinator losses. Recent research indicates that other factors are likely more important, says ...
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Quest for higher yields is enemy of biodiversity on farms — both conventional and organic

What kind of agriculture most benefits biodiversity? In recent years, few questions have animated conservationists and land-use scientists more than ...
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Fact check: South African political party misleads about glyphosate’s cancer risk

Calling for a probe into “a possible crime against humanity”, a South African political party wants to halt the use ...
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Honey bee defenses could be strengthened through genes linked to stress resilience

A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites ...
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Insect-resistant GMO cowpeas could be available to Ghanaian farmers in 2018

Ongoing field tests on genetically modified cowpea (Bt cowpea) have produced successful results and will be ready for commercialisation and ...
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Buying organic food to avoid pesticides? You may want to reconsider

Do you seek out organic fruits and vegetables to avoid those on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, fearful ...
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Mike Adams, Alex Jones and Joe Mercola: How the web turns quacks into science gurus

Welcome to the vast universe of self-built social media empires devoted to spreading false, misleading, and polarizing science and health ...