Food & Agriculture from around the Web

Every day, the staff of the Genetic Literacy Project scours the Web for stories on a range of agricultural and food issues, including the GMO debate, conventional and organic farming, regulations, new breeding technologies and sustainability. We publish excerpts of those stories and encourage our readers to visit the original publications for the complete stories.
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What's next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

What’s next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

[S]tudies showing real-world evidence of harm from pesticides in the field have been mounting — and environmental organizations have demanded ...
CRISPR wine and beer? Rose, honey flavor-producing yeast gene identified

CRISPR wine and beer? Rose, honey flavor-producing yeast gene identified

When you taste a wine or beer that calls up the flavor of rose or honey think phenylethyl acetate; it’s ...
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity may actually be caused by fructan

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity may actually be caused by fructan

Although only one percent of the population are affected by celiac disease, gluten-free diets have become a major food trend ...
US District Court dismisses lawsuit claiming GMO foods shouldn't carry 'natural' label

US District Court dismisses lawsuit claiming GMO foods shouldn’t carry ‘natural’ label

On October 25, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a consumer class action under Massachusetts law, ...
Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? 'The misinformation is staggering'

Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? ‘The misinformation is staggering’

It was the stuff of anti-GMO activists' dreams: A “peer-reviewed” paper, published in a scientific-looking journal with an impressive title, detailing ...
Monsanto v. Arkansas: Dispute over dicamba herbicide drift damage moves to the courtroom

Monsanto v. Arkansas: Dispute over dicamba herbicide drift damage moves to the courtroom

A fight over one of the most powerful new weapons against hard-to-kill weeds, developed by agricultural giant Monsanto Co., is spilling into the ...
Small artisanal farms might not be our environmental salvation

Small artisanal farms might not be our environmental salvation

[Cricket flour] was the first note of a dinner set up by the Breakthrough Institute, a pro-technology environmental think tank, in order ...
Trade disruption: Fears grow that EU glyphosate herbicide ban could upend global food markets

Trade disruption: Fears grow that EU glyphosate herbicide ban could upend global food markets

A possible glyphosate ban entails the risk of trade disruption to food imports from third countries, in case the EU ...
GMO tomato created with dramatically higher vitamin levels, antioxidant properties

GMO tomato created with dramatically higher vitamin levels, antioxidant properties

The School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with the Institut de ...
Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe

Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe

Does today’s fear of potential risks caused by GMO make us unable to carry out necessary actions for a better ...
How glyphosate became the world's most popular weedkiller

How glyphosate became the world’s most popular weedkiller

Since it was introduced in the United States in 1974 by pesticides and seed maker Monsanto as Roundup, the use ...
Indian farmers growing unapproved herbicide-resistant GMO soybeans, farmers union says

Indian farmers growing unapproved herbicide-resistant GMO soybeans, farmers union says

For the first time, illegal cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) food crop — GM Soyabean — which is herbicide ...
Partial ban of dicamba herbicide approved by Arkansas Plant Board

Partial ban of dicamba herbicide approved by Arkansas Plant Board

An Arkansas regulatory panel voted Wednesday [Nov. 8] to ban the use of an herbicide for part of next year ...
Neonicotinoid, chlorpyrifos insecticides impact bird migration, study finds

Neonicotinoid, chlorpyrifos insecticides impact bird migration, study finds

"Studies on the risks of neonicotinoids have often focused on bees that have been experiencing population declines. However, it is ...
Brazil farmers group asks court to cancel Monsanto GMO soybean seed patent

Brazil farmers group asks court to cancel Monsanto GMO soybean seed patent

Soybean growers in Mato Grosso, Brazil’s largest producing state, have asked a court to cancel Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO patent ...
Artificial selection: 10 non-GMO crops that don't look anything like their wild counterpart

Artificial selection: 10 non-GMO crops that don’t look anything like their wild counterpart

Genetically modified foods are a big source of debate these days. Some don’t want anything to do with modern GMOs, ...
NGO opposition to GMO, gene-edited crops not rooted in emotion and dogma, research suggests

NGO opposition to GMO, gene-edited crops not rooted in emotion and dogma, research suggests

In 2016, 107 Nobel Laureates signed an open letter calling on Greenpeace to desist from campaigning against agricultural biotechnology and ...
UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has ...
Stalemate continues: EU fails to agree on glyphosate herbicide renewal as deadline looms

Stalemate continues: EU fails to agree on glyphosate herbicide renewal as deadline looms

An EU vote has failed to resolve a controversy over the use of glyphosate, the world's biggest-selling weedkiller. ... The ...
IARC rejects US House science committee's request to testify on glyphosate cancer report scandals

IARC rejects US House science committee’s request to testify on glyphosate cancer report scandals

The International Agency for Research on Cancer will not comply with a House science committee's request related to the agency's conclusions on ...
'We are those farmers': Why you shouldn't villainize farmers who use GMOs—or the food they grow

‘We are those farmers’: Why you shouldn’t villainize farmers who use GMOs—or the food they grow

[Editor's note: Kate Lambert and her husband grow corn and soybeans in Brookfield, Mo.] We are those farmers they want you ...
Bernie Sanders, 10 Senate Democrats push USDA for 'consumer-friendly' GMO label

Bernie Sanders, 10 Senate Democrats push USDA for ‘consumer-friendly’ GMO label

Senate Democrats are pushing the Agriculture Department to create a labeling standard for products made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) that ...
Large long-term farm study finds no statistically significant cancer link to glyphosate herbicide

Large long-term farm study finds no statistically significant cancer link to glyphosate herbicide

A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has ...
Buying local, organic food won't shrink your carbon footprint—but here's what can

Buying local, organic food won’t shrink your carbon footprint—but here’s what can

If you're paying more for local and organic groceries because you care about the environment, here's some bad news: science ...
Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

A recent study showed a 75% decline in Germany’s insect population over a period of almost 30 years but the European Crop ...
Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

This month, bags of sliced apples will hit grocery-store shelves in the midwestern United States for the first time. Shoppers ...
France rejects 5-year renewal for glyphosate herbicide; wants 3-year license instead

France rejects 5-year renewal for glyphosate herbicide; wants 3-year license instead

France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, ...
Food fears: How anti-science myths—like 'clean eating' and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

Food fears: How anti-science myths—like ‘clean eating’ and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

[Editor's note: Aaron Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the author of ...