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Pesticides just one tool in the modern farmer’s pest management toolbox

Modern farming involves much more than just spraying pesticides to keep pests at bay. Farmers must employ a broad array ...
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Search for targeted pesticides leads scientists to eavesdrop on crosstalk between plants and fungi

In this conversation between plants and fungi, the organisms rely on a well-worn mechanism of gene-expression regulation that has stood ...
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Were ‘activist scientists’ behind European Union neonicotinoids ban?

[Editor's note: Henry Miller is a physician and molecular biologist who was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.]  ...
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New GMO book shifts debate from science to fears of ‘corporate control’ of food and farming

The Pew Research Center recently polled Americans on their concerns about genetically modified foods. Predictably, given the popular consternation around ...
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Iowa farmer debunks 8 popular myths about GMOs

[Editor's note: Michelle Miller, known on social media as the Farm Babe, raises lamb and beef cattle, and grows almost ...
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UK farmers apply for emergency use of neonicotinoids to protect rapeseed crop

The National Farmers Union (NFU) ... announced [February 7] that it has applied for emergency use of neonicotinoid seed treatments ...
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Are pest fighting GMO insects coming to a farm near you, impacting organic farmers?

Genetic modification of insects is used to create a self-limiting population. It’s a technological successor to the Sterile Insect Technique, in ...
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Will Biotechnology Regulations Squelch Food and Farming Innovation?

The GLP's 18-part 5-week series -- GMO: Beyond the Science -- begins with a look at the regulatory web that ...
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Review of neonicotinoids’ effects on human health finds few studies, ‘methodologically weak findings’

Prior to 2000, neonicotinoid chemicals were virtually unknown, by farmers or anyone else. They have since become the most widely ...
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Sustainability: ‘Organic farming should embrace blight–resistant genetically engineered potato’

[Editor's note: This journal article is written by Godelieve Gheysenat, molecular geneticist, Ghent University in Belgium, and René Custers, regulatory and responsible research ...
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How will CRISPR, gene editing be regulated?

[Editor's note: University of Virginia professor Randall Lutter talks about CRISPR and its regulation.] Now a member of the faculty at UVA’s ...
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How to stem farmer suicides in India? Help farmers expand farm size

Editor's note: GMO critics, most notably philosopher Vandana Shiva (Read her GLP profile here), have long contended that the introduction of Bt ...
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Friends of the Earth activist campaigner calls for increased regulation of ‘GMO 2.0’ gene edited food

Editor's note: Dana Perls is the senior food and technology campaigner for Friends of the Earth, you can read GLP's profile ...
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UK votes support for first GMO crop since 1998, breaking with EU

A UK vote to approve EU proposals to authorise the first new GM crops for cultivation since 1998 suggests the ...
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Cheaper blue jeans that are better for the environment? Genetic engineering can make it happen

Editor's note: This piece is written by Dr. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, who was the founding director of the ...
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Monoculture: Is it really the problem ‘intensive agriculture’ critics make it out to be?

Editor's note: The author of this piece is Andrew Kniss, associate professor of weed biology & ecology at the University of Wyoming ...
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Wisconsin farm couple to Rachel Ray: Stop spreading pseudo-science about antibiotics in milk

Scientists are increasingly alarmed about the junk science passed along in America's talk shows. Here, a celebrity nutritionist, encouraged by ...
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Former US agriculture secretaries: Dow-Dupont merger would encourage innovation, help secure America’s food supply

Editor's note: This article was written by Mike Johanns, former agriculture secretary under President George W. Bush, and Dan Glickman, former ...
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Did life start with the simple division of droplets in Earth’s primordial soup?

A collaboration of physicists and biologists in Germany has found a simple mechanism that might have enabled liquid droplets to ...
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Chemical companies: Reform WHO’s ‘rogue’ IARC cancer-designating agency

Launching what it called a campaign for accuracy in public health research, the American Chemistry Council, which represents U.S. chemical ...
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GMO opponents turn to Hawaii legislature following repeal of local pesticide bans

Following court rulings that overturned GMO/pesticide laws passed by three Hawaii counties — the Kauai County Council formally rescinded its ...
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Glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide linked to liver disease in rats? Researcher Séralini under fire again

Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam walks us through a new study by controversial researcher Giles-Eric Séralini, who once again links ...
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Environmental activists sue EPA in challenge of approved Monsanto glyphosate-dicamaba Xtend herbicide mix

Environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on January 27th in attempt to force the agency to take another look ...
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California can place cancer warning label on the herbicide glyphosate, judge ‘tentatively’ rules

California can require Monsanto [and other manufacturers of glyphosate] to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat ...
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Improved herbicides only a ‘temporary fix’ for herbicide-resistant weeds

Editor's note: This article was authored by Nathan Donley is a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, a group ...
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Economists, in ‘predatory’ journal, challenge Syngenta study finding neonics pose ‘low risk’ to bees

Editor's Note: This article discusses the attack on a Syngenta study by economists published in the Environmental Sciences Europe titled "An experiment ...
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GMO mustard approval in India stalled by lawsuit alleging scientists deceived public on crop’s benefits

India’s long-standing push to approve genetically modified (GM) food crops has been controversially delayed, after an environmental campaigner launched a ...
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How GMO crops can help feed world’s growing population in time of climate change

Editor's Note: This article was written by Stuart Thompson, a senior lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Westminster ...