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Proposed 2018 Farm Bill includes amendments aimed at streamlining regulation of genetic engineering

The House Agriculture Committee approved a group of 15 Republican amendments to the panel’s farm bill that would modify a ...
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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Biotech livestock: USDA, FDA diverge over how to regulate genetically engineered animals

A disease that kills millions of pigs a year may soon meet its match — if two federal agencies can ...
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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 ...
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Viewpoint: Food companies’ ‘meaningless’ non-GMO labels insult farmers, threaten food sustainability

The conditions that will befall our food system require innovative solutions like those offered by biotechnology to ensure food security ...
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Plant ‘vaccines’, CRISPR gene editing could increase crop yields and reduce pesticide use

When European researchers recently announced a new technique that could potentially replace chemical pesticides with a natural “vaccine” for crops, ...
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Video: How GMO bananas could help Ugandan farmers overcome bacterial wilt disease

Uganda's political system holds the key to helping farmers who are struggling with the devastating banana bacterial wilt disease. Read ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO groups’ crusade against Golden Rice not backed by science

Golden Rice was declared safe for consumption by Canada recently. This has huge implications for the rest of the world, ...
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Regenerative agriculture: Can ‘carbon farming’ help battle climate change by improving soil health?

[Regenerative agriculture's] guiding principle is not just to farm sustainably — that implies mere maintenance of what might, after all, ...
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Arkansas battle over dicamba: Farmers don’t have to obey state ban on spraying herbicide, local courts say

The wild battle in Arkansas over dicamba, the controversial and drift-prone herbicide, just got even crazier. Local courts have told ...
How ‘regulatory lag’ in approving GMO crops hurts international trade

How ‘regulatory lag’ in approving GMO crops hurts international trade

Time is money. This time-worn axiom of business school courses and the corporate world is also particularly applicable to the ...
First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

First gene drive developed for crop pest targets invasive fruit fly that damages berries

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest ...
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Germany planning ‘massive restrictions’ on glyphosate herbicide use in agriculture

German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on [April 17] said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the ...
Viewpoint: Challenging the belief that GMOs are key to feeding the world's hungry

Viewpoint: Challenging the belief that GMOs are key to feeding the world’s hungry

Industrial agriculture and biotech interests have built entire campaigns saying that we “need” genetically engineered organisms to “feed the world” ...
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Mystery source of orange GMO petunias identified

A recall campaign for commercial, orange flowering petunia varieties in spring 2017 caused economic losses worldwide. The orange varieties were ...
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Viewpoint: Organic Consumers Association promotes conspiracy theory blaming farm pesticides for school shootings

A crackpot named E. G. Vallianatos has written a blog post that links pesticides to school shootings. He says, "[Pesticides] may have ...
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How the European Court of Justice could open the door to gene editing and revive crop biotechnology in EU

A “landmark opinion” from the European Court of Justice on the definition of genetically modified organisms could pave the way ...
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Video: Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine on GMOs and ‘chemophobia’

In this episode of The Dissenter, Ricardo Lopes interviews Genetic Literacy Project founder Jon Entine about bioengineering, GMOs and "chemophobia." Ricardo ...
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‘Will people eat it?’: The public opinion battle over CRISPR gene-edited food is just beginning

Zachary Lippman, a plant biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, stood among 2 acres of his experimental crops, including some ...
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Agricultural tech startup Indigo uses microbes to improve crops

In humans, a healthy microbiome—the universe of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that lives inside all of us—is increasingly recognized as critical ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: ‘First World’ anti-GMO activists perpetuate starvation in developing countries

Needed GMO technology to help citizens in Third World countries is being thwarted by activist groups in First World countries ...
Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of ...
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Some in Germany’s Green Party reconsidering long-held opposition to GMOs and genetic engineering

Genetic engineering is the devil's tool of the agricultural industry, dangerous to health and the environment. Or so you could summarize the ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘organic’ should be redefined to include GMOs

The challenges of sustainable food production without damaging the environment for a growing human population have increased considerably. The current ...
Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Will public embrace CRISPR crops if they can help feed our growing population and protect the environment?

Experts estimate we’ll be eating the first CRISPR produce — likely strawberries or another type of fruit — within five ...
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Aftershock of Monsanto being stripped of its patent control over Indian Bt GMO cotton: It may doom domestic crop research, too

Sections of the government, egged on by powerful Andhra seed companies, are probably cheering the judgment of the Delhi high court’s ...
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Podcast: How anti-GMO activists used ‘fake news’ to attack University of Florida plant scientist Kevin Folta

In this episode, [Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter] talk to Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department ...