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‘Bee safe’ pesticides that replaced neonicotinoids may harm pollinators, activist-funded study finds

New pesticides regarded as “bee safe” could actually be causing harm to these vital pollinators when combined with other chemicals ...
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Belgium permits CRISPR-edited corn field trial, halted after landmark EU court decision, to continue

On April 12, 2019 [the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie in Belgium] was granted a permit for its field trial with ...
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Are bugs disappearing? A science-based ‘insect apocalypse’ Q&A

Q. Dear Umbra, Insects are disappearing at an alarming rate. This terrifies me! What actions can I take to mitigate ...
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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban spurs farmers to abandon canola crops, important resource for bees

When neonicotinoid seed treatments were first banned in flowering crops, control of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape [OSR] ...
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State officials urge EPA to permit additional restrictions on controversial herbicide dicamba

The nation's state pesticide regulators are fighting back after EPA's recent announcement that it is considering limiting states' ability to ...
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Video: Geneticist Pamela Ronald breaks down basics of GMO safety, labeling

Name a food preference and you can likely find items in the supermarket aisles to accommodate your wants and needs: ...
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Why scientific arguments won’t end Europe’s opposition to CRISPR-edited crops

John van der Oost....is a microbiologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His research in the late 1990s contributed to ...
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Facing 10,000 plus glyphosate-cancer lawsuits, Bayer enters court-ordered mediation with next plaintiff

Bayer said on [April 12] it would comply with a U.S. federal judge’s order to enter mediation with a plaintiff ...
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Canada codifies new neonicotinoid insecticide rules, allows key agricultural use to continue

Health Canada will restrict some uses of neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impact on honeybees and other pollinators, but the ...
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Viewpoint: Do pesticides boost autism risk? New report says ‘possibly’ but correlations are ‘weak’ and ‘misleading’

Recently a study titled “Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study” ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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CRISPR gene editing yields world’s smallest tomatoes to feed astronauts

Scientists at the National University of Colombia have bred the smallest tomato in the world using DNA from a cherry ...
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USDA: Vietnam’s glyphosate ban ‘devastating’ to global agricultural production

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on [April 11] criticized Vietnam’s move to ban imports of glyphosate herbicide [Bayer's Roundup], ...
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5 things to know about USDA bioengineered food labels, hitting stores in 2020

In July 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law (NBFDL), requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence ...
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New CDC glyphosate report: “Most studies found no association between exposure to glyphosate-based products and risk of cancer”

A new [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] report on glyphosate’s toxicological effects likely will play a role in the ongoing ...
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New bill would give USDA primary responsibility to regulate lab-grown meat

In an effort to codify an agreement regarding oversight of lab-grown meat between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety ...
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‘Organic halo effect’: Consumers underestimate calories in organic foods, studies claim

According to the results of a new French study, it's likely that similar foods will contain similar nutritional content, regardless of ...
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Food revolution: Will lab-grown meat, milk and eggs take over grocery stores?

It’s been 6 years since scientists grew the world’s first beef burger made without the cow in the lab. As ...
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Podcast: Farmers divided over controversial weed killer dicamba as legal battle against Bayer heats up

The herbicide dicamba's job is to kill weeds, and many farmers say it's a lifesaver. But the chemical has also damaged ...
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Plant hormones help battle purple witchweed, major threat to sub-Saharan Africa’s staple crops

Striga hermonthica, also known as purple witchweed, is an invasive parasitic plant threatening sub-Saharan Africa's food production. Striga infects the region's staple ...
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Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging Bayer tried to monopolize dicamba-resistant seed market

A federal court has granted Monsanto's move to dismiss a complaint filed by a Missouri farmer alleging a conspiracy to ...
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Declining diversity of sorghum, world’s fifth most important cereal crop, could threaten Africa’s food security

The diversity of the crop Sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to ...
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Fine tuning photosynthesis: Predictive model helps scientists breed higher yielding crops

In the next two decades, crop yields need to increase dramatically to feed the growing global population. Wouldn't it be ...
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Bayer lawsuits: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defends glyphosate before House appropriations subcommittee

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue....defended the use of the weedkiller Roundup after two cases resulted in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against Bayer ...
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CRISPR-edited crops could help avoid famine as global food demand grows

Just like human beings, plants get sick. Microorganisms such as fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses and nematodes (tiny worm like organisms) ...
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Sequenced durum wheat genome aids efforts to breed more nutritious, disease-resistant crops

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers say they have discovered how to significantly reduce cadmium levels in durum wheat, ensuring the ...
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Bayer releases 107 Roundup safety studies as glyphosate-cancer legal battle continues

With recent legal battles, Bayer [has released]....all 107 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety study reports that were submitted to the European Food Safety ...
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Pollution from corn farming linked to 4,300 premature deaths annually, study claims

A study published [April 8] in Nature Sustainability shows how deadly [corn] can be. And eating it isn’t the killer; ...