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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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USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a ...
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Gene Drive Files ‘cabal’—and biotech rejectionist efforts to derail research on technology with potential to fight crop pests

The email came from Roylan Saah, coordinator of Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents at Island Conservation, a non-profit dedicated to ...
'Substantial equivalence': Are GMOs as safe as other conventional and organic foods?

‘Substantial equivalence’: Are GMOs as safe as other conventional and organic foods?

GMO critics claim that US regulations rely too much on the concept of “substantial equivalence” when evaluating if food is ...
Viewpoint: European organic industry's obsession with 'natural' threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

Viewpoint: European organic industry’s obsession with ‘natural’ threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

What is nature? What is natural? Philosophers have been arguing about this since antiquity. Supporters of organic farming seem to ...
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Ugandan farmers struggling with cassava viruses await GMO solution

Cassava is a major staple food for millions of people in the tropical regions of the world. In Uganda it ...
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Viewpoint: North American scientists, IARC officials conspired to misrepresent glyphosate health risks

On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the active substance ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming activists oppose New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

Viewpoint: Why organic farming activists oppose New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

There was a brief moment in 2015 where organic farming researchers were having an open discussion on adopting certain innovative ...
Is monoculture a bad thing? It's time to revise simplistic ideological narrative

Is monoculture a bad thing? It’s time to revise simplistic ideological narrative

Biotech critics frequently claim that conventional agriculture and GMOs promote monoculture farming, which is harmful to biodiversity. A closer look ...
How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

The EU has announced a near-total ban on three insecticides that we now know are harmful to bees and other pollinators. And yet for ...
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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Let’s recognize Roundup Ready and Bt crops as major contributions to sustainable farming

This is the first in a three-part series making the case that the development of biotech traits for insect resistance ...
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Ugandan legislator on why his nation needs to ‘wake up’ on GMOs

Robert Kafeero Sekitoleko is an engineer, legislator and chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Science and Technology in Uganda’s Parliament ...
Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

One of the more intriguing subplots in the melodramatic debate over neonicotinoids and the ‘future of bees’ is the apparent ...
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Viewpoint: Examining the science denial behind IFOAM—Organics International

The true-believers in organic agriculture, such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM—Organics International), are as deluded as ...
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‘Superweeds’: How the pigweed Palmer amaranth developed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate, and why the news isn’t all bad

Earlier this spring, researchers at Kansas State University released new findings on the evolution of glyphosate resistance in Palmer amaranth ...
Managed well, cattle feedlots can be the environmental and ethical smart choice

Managed well, cattle feedlots can be the environmental and ethical smart choice

Although grass-fed is touted as the environmentally and ethically best choice for beef eaters, feedlots often outperform on both fronts ...
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Public health breakthrough: US and Indian scientists work together on genetic solutions to food toxins

Genetically engineered peanuts that are immune to aflatoxin contamination, which is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer, would ...
Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts: Uganda will remain trapped by food poverty if its leaders bow to anti-biotech activists

Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts: Uganda will remain trapped by food poverty if its leaders bow to anti-biotech activists

One of the main sources of nutrition for poor Ugandans, bananas, is on the verge of being wiped out by ...
Genetically engineered AquaBounty salmon ready for US market, but caught in Congressional 'sausage grinder'

Genetically engineered AquaBounty salmon ready for US market, but caught in Congressional ‘sausage grinder’

“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” The true version of ...
Honeybee population isn't ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

Honeybee population isn’t ‘crashing’ and seed pesticides are not driving health problems—and here’s why

In recent years, articles on honeybees have often started with a sentence like this: “Populations of honeybees have crashed in ...
Can biotechnology defuse the looming 'bananapocalypse'?

Can biotechnology defuse the looming ‘bananapocalypse’?

Scientists have developed GMO bananas resistant to a destructive disease sweeping across the globe. But they may never reach the ...