Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides, but these chemicals are rampant in nature and many natural ones are more ...
CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
Viewpoint: FDA regulations 'a disaster' for genetically modified animal research

Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

Supermarket tomatoes have a sorry reputation for looking great but tasting like cardboard. Short of growing only heirloom tomatoes, the ...
Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Researchers are exploring the impact of using nanoscale nutrients––including copper––on eggplants and other crops. While early results have shown substantial ...
Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, 'fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

At what point does food labeling become less about transparency and more about marketing strategy? A new federal law mandating ...
European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

As European politicians move toward blocking the use of glyphosate, farmers there are facing the prospect of using less-effective replacements ...
Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

The distant relative of rapeseed could solve one of the problems faced by fish farms -- growing fish with the ...
Organic farmer's plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

Organic farmer’s plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

An organic farmer speaks out on the similarities between conventional and organic--and the benefits farmers can receive from using both ...
Viewpoint: Taxpayer-funded Canadian news agency promotes 'fake news' about glyphosate herbicide's health risks

Viewpoint: Taxpayer-funded Canadian news agency promotes ‘fake news’ about glyphosate herbicide’s health risks

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed anti-GMO activist scientist Theirry Vrain and published an article featuring several false and misleading claims ...
Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix 'beleaguered' agency

Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix ‘beleaguered’ agency

With the sudden departure of IARC head Christopher Wild, here's a wish list put together by David Zaruk, who offers ...
USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as 'unscientific'

USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The Trump administration withdrew a proposed USDA rule change made by the Obama administration that would have been the first ...
Viewpoint: Will Europe botch regulation of gene editing as it has GMOs?

Viewpoint: Will Europe botch regulation of gene editing as it has GMOs?

Plant biologist: Europe's precautionary stance toward agricultural biotechnology has all but blocked the introduction of GM crops and could provide ...
View from the farm: Why there is no advantage in saving seeds

View from the farm: Why there is no advantage in saving seeds

A common criticism of GMOs is that corporations force farmers to buy new seeds every year. But do farmers actually ...
South African saga: Anti-GMO activist groups' disinformation campaign against new disease-resistant corn

South African saga: Anti-GMO activist groups’ disinformation campaign against new disease-resistant corn

South Africa's corn is already more than 90 percent GMO. An application to introduce an improved, disease-fighting variety has revved ...
GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

A study examining the public's 2006 views on GMOs offers a glimpse into the evolution of the ongoing debate over ...
Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture

Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture

The political decision of how to regulate gene editing and other New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) will determine whether Europe becomes ...
Viewpoint: Why GMO crops are planet's best ecological choice

Viewpoint: Why GMO crops are planet’s best ecological choice

Future crops will need to withstand conditions like climate change, low water availability, rising soil salinity, and attacks by pathogens ...
Is organic farming sustainable? 5 carbon footprint challenges

Is organic farming sustainable? 5 carbon footprint challenges

Along with unsubstantiated claims of better nutrition and safety, supporters of organic farming often cite its lower carbon footprint as ...
Viewpoint: Former US journalist Carey Gillam should stay out of Europe's glyphosate debate

Viewpoint: Former US journalist Carey Gillam should stay out of Europe’s glyphosate debate

A former agricultural reporter at Reuters, Gillam now presents herself as "the Rachel Carson of the GMO debate." Belgian-based risk ...
Jon Entine podcast: Corruption and secrecy behind IARC's glyphosate cancer designation?

Jon Entine podcast: Corruption and secrecy behind IARC’s glyphosate cancer designation?

Glyphosate has been in the headlines for two weeks. Here's a background interview with the GLP's executive director explaining the ...
Glyphosate-gate: Policy and science implications of IARC's 'predetermined' cancer finding

Glyphosate-gate: Policy and science implications of IARC’s ‘predetermined’ cancer finding

Where high-stakes issues involve powerful beliefs, financial reward and opportunities for advancement, neither individuals nor agencies can be assumed to ...
Glyphosate, IARC and politics: 'We need a more honest debate'

Glyphosate, IARC and politics: ‘We need a more honest debate’

Glyphosate is one of the most hotly-debated herbicides of the modern era. Many of the arguments against the popular weed-killer ...
There's 'Big Ag' and 'Big Organic'—How much does 'big' matter when it comes to sustainability?

There’s ‘Big Ag’ and ‘Big Organic’—How much does ‘big’ matter when it comes to sustainability?

It's the way crops are farmed not the farm's size that matters when it comes to sustainability ...
'GMO' petunias: Ridiculousness exposed and explained

‘GMO’ petunias: Ridiculousness exposed and explained

Italian researcher offers satirical look at the story of the GMO petunias that were ordered destroyed. How would you explain ...
Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Aflatoxins are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses annually. Farmers have struggled to control the troublesome ...
Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Christopher Portier, special adviser to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is bringing down the reputation ...
Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Congress is considering tripling the budget for the USDA's organics program. Should we be asking for more answers from regulators ...