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Will Canada rethink its proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides?

Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may ...
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41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?

Among other lapses, The Zhang paper does not mention the serious science and ethical questions raised pertaining to IARC’s assessment ...
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Why neonicotinoid pesticides don’t deserve a ‘deadly to bees’ label

While some activists blame the popular class of pesticides for bee deaths, research suggests there are many contributing factors. And ...
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Video: How Bt insect-resistant eggplant helped farmers in Bangladesh beat back an invasive pest

A new study confirms that genetically modified, pest-resistant Bt eggplant (brinjal) has helped smallholder farmers in Bangladesh greatly reduce their ...
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Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer boosts cancer risk? New analysis challenges scientific consensus on glyphosate

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have published a new scientific analysis of glyphosate (PDF), the active ingredient in Monsanto’s ...
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Viewpoint: How ‘lazy journalists’ helped anti-pesticide biologist Tyrone Hayes needlessly scare the public

What do you do when....someone asks to see the raw data that your dubious claims are based on? This was ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we don’t have to worry about a world without insects

Recent headlines about the coming collapse of the insect world are another case of extrapolation from inadequate data ...
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Monsanto weed killer Roundup harms beneficial gut bacteria, lawsuit claims

Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup ...
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New Hampshire considers ban on pesticides some claim are toxic to bees

New Hampshire lawmakers on [February 12] will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic ...
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Another 2-year GMO corn and Roundup study finds no evidence of increased cancer, again repudiating Séralini’s retracted 2012 study

In 2012, a controversial study on the long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and the glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified (GM) maize ...
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Talking Biotech: How AAAS, world’s largest science organization, promoted ‘data-less conspiracy’ linking glyphosate to kidney disease

There is no evidence that glyphosate causes kidney disease. Why does the AAAS say otherwise? ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin unlikely to harm healthy honeybee colonies

Interactions between multiple stressors have been implicated in elevated honeybee colony losses. Here, we extend our landscape-scale study on the ...
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20 plus years of data show Bt insect-resistant crops to be ‘powerful,’ sustainable pest management tools

Genetically engineered (GE) crops producing insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) (mainly Cry proteins) have become a major control tactic for a ...
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Modern farming isn’t driving insect declines, agricultural industry says

A new piece of research, carried out by Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Kris Wyckhuys, reviewed 73 historical reports of insect declines from ...
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Deep dive into the science and history of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killer

The science behind the product, the fight over glyphosate, and the research behind the formulations ...
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Monsanto wins arbitration ruling against Indian seed company in dispute over GMO cotton patent

German drugmaker Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit has won proceedings against Indian seed maker Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) in a royalty ...
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Viewpoint: A closer look at Friends of the Earth’s study that found ‘toxic’ pesticides in food

Friends of the Earth....teased us in a media kit with the promise of a science study about finding various weedkillers ...
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Federal judge dismisses ‘key’ claims against Monsanto in dicamba drift lawsuit

A federal judge in Missouri dismissed several claims in a class action brought by farmers claiming agrochemical giant Monsanto sold ...
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Viewpoint: Do organic farms really produce ‘chemical free, healthier food’?

The multi-billion-dollar organic industry is thriving in large part because of dishonesty ...
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Brazilian case study highlights dramatic sustainability and economic benefits of GMO Bt insect-resistant cotton, corn and soybeans

Without access to insect resistance technology, inserted into Bt cotton, corn and soybean seeds, Brazilian farmers could lose [approximately $23 ...
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Monarch butterfly, milkweed declines not driven by GMO crops, study shows

To get a better understanding of the monarch butterfly’s future, Jack Boyle built a time machine. Boyle, a Mellon Postdoctoral ...
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Viewpoint: Michelob’s ‘Pure Gold’ organic beer won’t preserve your health or the environment

Beer companies often use sex to sell their beers, but Michelob Ultra is reinventing the beer commercial by advertising something ...
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AAAS fiasco just got messier—After member revolt, data-less news release linking glyphosate to kidney disease pulled, Freedom and Responsibility award will not be presented, for now

Editor's note: After this blog was posted, on February 6, the American Association for the Advancement of Science tweeted that ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 5: Soil health―When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this is ...
Russia threatens to restrict soy imports from Brazil over use of controversial weed killer glyphosate

Russia threatens to restrict soy imports from Brazil over use of controversial weed killer glyphosate

The Russian government has informed Brazil that it may adopt temporary import restrictions on soybeans if Brazilian producers do not ...
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AAAS fumble? Prestigious scientists’ organization endorses ‘data-less’ study suggesting links between glyphosate and kidney disease in Sri Lanka

I humbly ask this question.  What am I missing? I just read the press release from the AAAS about the 2019 Scientific ...
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Inside Nigeria’s efforts to protect its cowpea harvest with nation’s first genetically engineered seeds

The release of the GM cowpea will significantly improve livelihoods. But not everyone is happy ...