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Viewpoint: Farmers turn to social media to educate public about exaggerated benefits of organic and non-GMO labeled foods

Years ago, before I fell in love with a farmer and became one myself, I was a big-city girl who ...
'Land sparing' or 'land sharing'? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

‘Land sparing’ or ‘land sharing’? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

Farmers face a growing dilemma .... How do you feed .... people without harming the environment? [G]rowing as much food ...
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Brazil’s public health agency will appeal judge’s nationwide suspension of glyphosate

Brazil-based agrochemical companies plan to appeal a ruling suspending the use of best-selling weed killer glyphosate .... an industry spokeswoman ...
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Counterfeit pesticides in Kenya threaten crop harvests and farmers’ health

[Kenya] is losing [millions of dollars] in revenue to unregistered agro-chemicals dealers and counterfeit pesticides, according to [the] Agrochemicals Association ...
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Protect your pets: Many agriculturally necessary plants are naturally toxic to animals

Not all plants are wholesome for foraging animals. Certain species of milkweed, for example, that are highly valued as host ...
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As honeybee population grows, scientists question link between neonicotinoids and bee health

Some argue that an increase in insecticide use and a much-publicized Colony Collapse Disorder [CCD] issue have caused honey bees ...
Viewpoint: Organic vs GMO debate distracts from real food security issues

Viewpoint: Organic vs GMO debate distracts from real food security issues

.... For several years now, GMOs and organic have consumed America’s attention. It isn’t our interest in these topics that is ...
Health benefits of hot dog water? Profitable prank illustrates problem with food labels

Health benefits of hot dog water? Profitable prank illustrates problem with food labels

Festival-goers in Canada recently got the opportunity to buy an innovative new health product: hot dog water. Boasting health benefits ...
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Monsanto Roundup trial: First lawsuit alleging glyphosate-cancer link goes to jury

A trial in which a school groundskeeper alleged that his use of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused his terminal cancer ...
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FDA approves sugar made from Brazil’s first Bt sugarcane variety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that it is safe to consume sugar produced from the genetically ...
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Success of insect resistant Bt eggplant in Bangladesh opened door to GMOs in the developing world

Bt brinjal is the first genetically engineered crop to be commercially released in Bangladesh, and other GE crops are in ...
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Biotech firm Pivot Bio beta testing ‘clean, alternative’ nitrogen fertilizer to spare farmland, protect waterways

Across the Corn Belt this summer, Pivot Bio and farmers in the company’s Intent to Pivot program are beta testing the first sustainable nitrogen ...
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13 African countries have biotech crops in different stages of development, but approvals are slow

A new report published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) shows that GM crop cultivation ...
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Grapes genetically resistant to mildew rot could cut pesticide use and French wine prices at the same time

French wineries have to use a lot of pesticide to keep their grapes healthy, and that's both expensive and costly ...
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Brazilian judge suspends glyphosate use, citing concerns about herbicide’s toxicity

A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, a widely employed herbicide for soy and ...
Viewpoint: FDA gives organic food marketers a pass on deceptive labeling—at consumer expense

Viewpoint: FDA gives organic food marketers a pass on deceptive labeling—at consumer expense

[W]hen it comes to the $47-billion-a-year organic industry, the FDA gives a complete pass to blatantly false and deceptive advertising ...
Agricultural firm Simplot receives first commercial license for CRISPR gene editing, focusing on cutting waste

Agricultural firm Simplot receives first commercial license for CRISPR gene editing, focusing on cutting waste

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to ...
Stopping gene flow: 'Containment genes' could prevent GMO seeds from spreading in the wild

Stopping gene flow: ‘Containment genes’ could prevent GMO seeds from spreading in the wild

The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings ...
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Agricultural innovation raises thorny ethical questions about overconsumption in the western world

Scientists at the Department of Agrobiotechnology research facility in the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Tulln, ...
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Ruling out natural causes, experts say ‘rogue breeder’ planted illegal GMO wheat in Canada

A handful of unwelcome plants growing on the side of a road in Alberta were all it took to stop ...
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Congressional committee cuts funding to IARC over WHO agency’s controversial glyphosate-cancer finding

The House Committee on Appropriations has withheld funding for the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer—which receives about $2 million from ...
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Ghanaian farmers enlist drones to combat fall armyworm invasion

Farmers at Janga in the West Mamprusi municipality of the Northern Region [in Ghana] are learning how to use drones ...
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Regulators reverse Obama-era ban on GMOs, neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife refuges

The Interior Department announced plans [August 3rd] to reverse a rule that banned the use of pesticides in national wildlife ...
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Indian farmers double yields with Bt cotton, but pest resistance issues complicate its advantages

Ever since India adopted genetically modified Bt cotton in 2002, a bitter battle has been raging to define the narrative ...
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Video: New education campaign gives ‘farmer moms’ a voice in the GMO debate

A Fresh Look is one of the newest efforts to give farmers a voice about GMOs and speak directly to the ...
Less harmful sugar? More efficient sweet silica could 'shake up' the food industry

Less harmful sugar? More efficient sweet silica could ‘shake up’ the food industry

The surprising truth about cake is that it’s astonishingly inefficient. So are lollipops, pies, sticks of gum, and cookies, each ...
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Ratooning: Nuclear technology helps Chinese rice farmers double their yields—and their incomes

Just as grass lawns regrow after they are mowed, rice fields can regrow after they are harvested. This second harvest ...
As 'GMO-free' food market booms, Nestlé  sued for mislabeling products containing GMOs

As ‘GMO-free’ food market booms, Nestlé sued for mislabeling products containing GMOs

Nestlé is facing a federal class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging it sold products labeled as having "No GMO Ingredients" ...