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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 ...
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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 ...
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Frankenfoods? A ‘terrible word’ that could describe more foods than you might realize

What's a Frankenfood? If science matters, it's not food with ingredients whose genes have been precision modified ...
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Viewpoint: GMO critic Vandana Shiva’s anti-modernity crusade threatens world’s poor

The recently-published “Social Justice Warrior Handbook,” which satirizes people who promote liberal, multicultural, anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, politically correct views, could have ...
Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list highlights 'meaningless distinctions' between organic and conventional foods

Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list highlights ‘meaningless distinctions’ between organic and conventional foods

On April 10, the Environmental Working Group – an NGO funded by big organic marketers – released its annual “Dirty Dozen List” ...
Making sense of the patchwork US regulatory system for genetically engineered crops and animals

Making sense of the patchwork US regulatory system for genetically engineered crops and animals

The faster-growing genetically engineered AquaAdvantage Salmon took 20 years of regulatory scrutiny to gain approval, while the non-browning gene-silenced Arctic ...
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Strange bedfellows: American Academy of Pediatrics allies with Environmental Working Group, known for anti-science messages

On the subjects of organics and pesticides, the American Academy of Pediatrics finds itself supporting the Environmental Working Group, an ...
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25 years of GMO crops: Economic, environmental and human health benefits

Since the first GMO crop was developed in 1994, genetically modified foods have provided countries around the world with economic, ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA decided not to over-regulate CRISPR crops—and what it means for agriculture’s future

On 28 March, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that “USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could ...

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