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Searching for biotech solutions to problems plaguing livestock in Africa

In Africa, scientific research involving biotechnology innovations in agriculture has largely focused on finding ways to produce better crops. But, ...
Viewpoint: US EPA rebuffs activist lobbying, finds neonicotinoids not key driver of bee health problems

Viewpoint: US EPA rebuffs activist lobbying, finds neonicotinoids not key driver of bee health problems

In The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law, I described the many elements of corruption that ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s neonicotinoid ban is a ‘scientific fraud’ and won’t protect bees

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states ...
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Viewpoint: Questioning Nature’s publication of anti-glyphosate letter

On March 21, 2018, Nature published a letter by French journalists Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel, “Risks associated with glyphosate ...
What's in the CRISPR drawer for farming and food?

What’s in the CRISPR drawer for farming and food?

Most of us have heard of the gene edited non-browning mushroom that passed through USDA review without the regulatory hurdles ...
Why glyphosate and herbicide-tolerant GMO seeds aren't threats to bees

Why glyphosate and herbicide-tolerant GMO seeds aren’t threats to bees

Glyphosate is a herbicide, in other words, it is toxic to plants. Its target enzyme is not found in insects ...
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Can new IARC director bridge gap between controversial cancer agency and rest of scientific community?

A look at IARC’s recent record suggests that skepticism is in order ...
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Wheat and celiac disease: Modern breeding not to blame for gluten—but gene editing could help

New research shows that the immune-reactive agents of modern wheat have been around a long time, and are not necessarily ...
Will Gene Editing and Other New Breeding Techniques Provide a ‘Second Chance’ for Worldwide Embrace of Genetically Engineered Crops?

Will Gene Editing and Other New Breeding Techniques Provide a ‘Second Chance’ for Worldwide Embrace of Genetically Engineered Crops?

Jon Entine, Executive Director of the Genetic Literacy Project | June 13, 2018Highlights: Anti-GMO activists, aided by Russian propaganda, have ...
What are the Challenges Facing Modern Farming Around the World?

What are the Challenges Facing Modern Farming Around the World?

Mary Boote, Chief Executive Officer of the GlobalFarmer Network | June 12, 2018Highlights: Agricultural biotech solutions are being denied to ...
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Anti-GMO groups draw FDA rebuke over misrepresentation of Golden Rice nutrition

Finally, the FDA weighed in on Golden Rice, with its May 24 announcement approving it for use in the United ...
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The future of meat: Can science replace animals?

All economic activities related to research, development, production, trade and consumption of plants, animals and all other living things are ...
Viewpoint: The faulty logic behind popular anti-GMO meme 'it just feels right'

Viewpoint: The faulty logic behind popular anti-GMO meme ‘it just feels right’

I don’t know about you, but I have never liked the sound the letters TO, TWO, and TOO makes. Maybe ...
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Viewpoint: French media’s ‘fake news’ on glyphosate herbicide endangers science in Europe

In Europe, technical matters which should be science-based, such as the authorization of marketing for chemicals or genetically engineered plants, ...
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Lessons learned from the GMO debate could pave way for public acceptance of gene drives

For people who watched the decades-old opposition to “GMO” unfold, headlines like this one from The Guardian look familiar: US military agency ...
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Viewpoint: How anti-glyphosate activists deny science when debating the herbicide’s safety

Anti-GMO activists argue with religious certainty that the weedkiller glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup) is dangerous, deadly even. But in the next ...
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Dissecting claims about Monsanto suing farmers for accidentally planting patented seeds

Much to the dismay of anti-GMO activists, courts around the world including SCOTUS have consistently upheld the rights of companies ...
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Uganda’s scientists strive to use biotechnology to solve agricultural, health and environmental challenges

It is morning time, we are in a hotel based at the center of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, ...
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‘Biofortification’: Super-nutritious crops could help millions of undernourished children

An incredible 155 million children around the world are chronically undernourished, despite dramatic improvements in recent decades. In view of this, the ...
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The real sustainability revolution in farming is New Breeding Techniques like CRISPR. Why are organic farmers blocked from using them?

How do we define 'organics'? From a legal perspective, the term can only be applied to foods that meet a ...
Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show ...
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Mythbusting gone wrong: How the ‘dangerous’ organic pesticide myth began

One of the things that surprised me in researching this story was that I could not find a single organic-approved ...
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A behind the scenes look at pesticide use in organic orchards, vineyards and fresh produce

This is part three of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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4 things that led to the myth that organic farmers use more pesticides than conventional farmers

This is part two of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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‘The Farm Project’: Actress Zooey Deschanel’s advice on organic food, pesticides is short on science

The actress Zooey Deschanel cites pesticide use in advising Facebook users to avoid certain non-organic produce. Is that scientifically sound ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what’s wrong with study suggesting glyphosate damages our gut health

Can glyphosate impact gut health? The Guardian reports on a team of scientists who claim to have demonstrated that it ...
Viewpoint: How the Environmental Working Group and 'Big Organic' manipulate pesticide data to scare people

Viewpoint: How the Environmental Working Group and ‘Big Organic’ manipulate pesticide data to scare people

Consumers have a legitimate desire for transparency when it comes to their food - particularly when it comes to the ...

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