Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

Special 6-part series, Jan 22 - Feb 6

FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

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‘Planetary health diet’ aims to feed 10 billion people without causing ‘catastrophic’ environmental damage

A diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage ...
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From salt to hand sanitizer, corn is in everything. What would life without it look like?

When Christine Robinson was first diagnosed with a corn allergy 17 years ago, she remembers thinking, “No more popcorn, no ...
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Scientists breeding new disease-resistant soybeans to crack down on parasitic nematode

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) [a common soybean pest] has overcome the main source of genetic resistance – PI 88788 – ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-glyphosate activists are ‘rich, organized, and powerful’—don’t underestimate them

The campaign against glyphosate started a few years ago. The fairly benign herbicide was so closely tied to Roundup Ready ...
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Video: Organic food—marketing ‘scam’ or healthier option? Here’s what science says

Organic food is a huge trend: it promises a healthier and better life. But can Organic food really live up ...
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UK’s John Innes Centre seeks approval to test gene-edited wheat designed to combat anemia

Researchers at the John Innes Centre have applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for consent ...
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‘Conversion messages’: Ex-GMO skeptics may be best advocates for crop biotech

When a strong advocate for one side of a science controversy now believes the opposite, it can have a big ...
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‘Landmark’ progress in 2018 expected to fuel more growth in Nigeria’s crop biotech sector

Building on landmark events from the past year, Nigeria’s biotechnology sector is expecting significant progress on two key food and ...
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4 states may outlaw ‘meat’ labels for lab-grown protein

Missouri has already made it a crime to label something like a veggie burger or tissue grown in a lab as “meat.” ...
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French regulator ANSES defends 2017 approval of Monsanto’s recently banned Roundup Pro 360 weedkiller

The National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES) “disputes any error of assessment” after the ban on the glyphosate-based ...
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USDA wants to use drones to keep E. coli out of our food supply

When the new Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011, it required farmers to test for E. coli and other bacteria ...
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60 percent of wild coffee species at risk of ‘extinction’

More than half of the world’s 124 wild coffee plant species meet the criteria for inclusion on the International Union ...
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Viewpoint: Bipartisan opposition to GMOs driven more by activist ‘propaganda’ than politics

I have written extensively about GMOs....because it is the subject about which the difference between public opinion and the opinion of ...
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Forests can slow global warming, but growing evidence suggests they aren’t ‘climate saviors’

When it comes to fighting global warming, trees have emerged as one of the most popular weapons. With nations making ...
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India’s agriculture and biotech agencies announce plan to promote crop biotech research

[India's] Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has undertaken several activities and programs to promote biotechnology research and development [R&D] in the ...
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Heated legal battle over Monsanto’s controversial herbicide dicamba likely to continue in 2019

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against dicamba [the week of January 7], but left open ...
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Researchers aim to develop heartier potatoes, but ‘generations of inbreeding’ may pose a challenge

Scientists are trying to revolutionize potatoes and....cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding. ....Potatoes reproduce through cloning, ...
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China is growing crops on the moon in preparation for its proposed lunar base

There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a ...
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French court bans Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup Pro 360 weedkiller, citing ‘potential health risks’

A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on [January 15] over safety concerns, placing an ...
Why GMO advocates are failing in convincing the public that biotech crops are safe and beneficial

Why GMO advocates are failing in convincing the public that biotech crops are safe and beneficial

I have complained often about the lack of horizontal polling for public acceptance of genetically modified food – where the ...
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Video: What are GMO crops—and are they natural? Pioneering plant scientist Mary-Dell Chilton explains

I write about GMOs on a somewhat regular basis, but sometimes it’s a topic worth revisiting on a very basic ...
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Viewpoint: As most of Africa ‘dilly-dallied,’ Sudan, South Africa boosted food production with biotech crops

Why are South Africa and Sudan ahead of every other country on the continent when it comes to biotech?....The nations ...
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4 expanding technologies that could help boost crop yields and preserve the environment

The scope of [agricultural] advances during the past three years is nothing short of astonishing. Today’s growers now have at ...
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Peach-flavored strawberries, disease-resistant bananas? How genetic engineering is shaking up our fruit supply

New [fruit] varieties created through genetic editing and engineering promise to beat disease, and offer enticing new flavors. ... Genetically ...
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Here’s everything you need to know about GMO crops

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs or GMs) are one of the most well-studied areas of biological and agricultural research. However, one ...
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Canola farmers push back against Canada’s attempt to ban neonicotinoids

Health Canada is following in the European Union’s footsteps as it moves to ban the use of neonic pesticides due ...
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Viewpoint: How the Organic Trade Association flunked Science 101—No, organics are not ‘chemical free’

I recently had an encounter on Twitter with the CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Laura Batcha. The OTA ...
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Video: EU Parliament member calls for ‘pragmatic’ debate about crop gene editing in Europe

Dutch MEP Jan Huitema spoke before the Agriculture Committee of the EU Parliament on January 7. He called for a ...