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With the ‘bee crisis’ fading and European farmers fearing an insect invasion, EU’s neonicotinoid ban fiasco stumbles into the New Year

The future of a controversial agricultural pesticide remains in limbo, thanks to scientific uncertainty and political malfeasance ...
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2018 biotech review: Second generation of GMOs arrives as US anti-GMO movement falters

A prediction that the anti-GMO movement would become increasingly irrelevant in 2018 comes to pass ...
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Viewpoint: Lab-grown meat isn’t as ‘clean’ as you might think

There are many polarizing false dichotomies around this emerging technology ...
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10 GMO memes backed up by science

Anti-GMO activists have churned out memes critical of GM crops and food. Now science enthusiasts are fighting back with fact-based ...
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Can we meet a growing need for food without destroying our environment?

'Sustainable intensification' takes the best ideas from conventional and organic farming ...
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Examining the EU’s contradictory treatment of glyphosate and copper sulfate pesticides

Of all the elements the EU considers in ag regulations, science gets the shortest shrift ...
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US regulators grapple with oversight of New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

In the first installment of this series, we looked at the regulatory framework in the US for the products of ...
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New biotech crop-breeding technologies struggle for traction across much of Africa

"Multinational companies from the developed world don’t want any scientific progress going on in Africa," says Ugandan researcher ...
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Evaluating claims GMOs and modern agriculture have led to a 75% drop in crop diversity

The conventional wisdom is wrong: crop diversity is not collapsing. Our changing diets indicate there are reasons for both concern ...
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Viewpoint: Scientific ignorance fuels skepticism of crop biotechnology

This one question is an effective test of scientific ignorance ...
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Fighting weeds: Can we reduce, or even eliminate, herbicides by utilizing robotics and AI?

A quick look at some of the technical strategies being pursued in farming robotics and AI ...
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Podcast: Jon Entine, Kevin Folta, Perry Hackett on how gene editing could dampen the partisan GMO divide

How do you win over people who view crop biotechnology and corporate influence as threats? One answer may be gene ...
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Viewpoint: With reasonable regulation, we can turn wild plants into food with gene editing

The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics. For example, sweetcorn ...
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Viewpoint: Parents’ anti-GMO fervor just might contribute to children’s allergies

Eating organic and avoiding GMOs has no effect on food allergies. But the mentality underlying GMO avoidance and overly-protective parenting ...
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Podcast with Dr. Paul Offit: Striking similarities between anti-biotech and anti-vaccine activism

The anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements are increasingly overlapping in methods and outlook ...
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Viewpoint: The public loses when a ‘prestigious’ journal such as Nature indulges in political activism

Is this really about science, or is something else going on here? ...
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Magic and morality: Why some consumers are afraid of GMOs

In the eyes of Susan Schenck, GMOs are pretty much the worst thing going in food. As the author of ...
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Ugandan researchers look to biotechnology to bolster food production in the face of climate change

As the impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide, farmers are likely to face new challenges in the form ...
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Whole Foods embraces slow-growing chickens: Why that’s not so environmentally sustainable

There is a movement, pushed by Whole Foods, to go back to slower-growing chickens. This is problematic from a sustainability ...
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Onto the grill: But are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the ...
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Why did Tanzania just pull the plug on its GMO crop trials?

When the Tanzanian government announced Friday [November 23] they were ending field trials of genetically engineered crops in the country ...
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Viewpoint: Science denialism threatens the potential of gene-edited crops

The genetic revolution being ushered in by gene-editing promises to markedly improve our crops by making them resistant to drought, ...
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Why fears in Nigeria over the safety of GMO cotton are misplaced

Nigeria is moving forward with plans to boost its textile industry through the approval of its first GM crop, BT ...
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Has modern agriculture ‘tainted’ your Thanksgiving dinner?

The Environmental Working Group knows how to grab headlines with ominous claims about America's food supply. In April, the Washington, ...
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Can genetic engineering deliver a natural microbial fertilizer for crops?

At the turn of the previous century, German scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch got all the credit for finding ...
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Podcast: GLP’s Jon Entine on the spread of ‘chemophobia’

Chemicals are used to grow, process, preserve and package our food, and are ubiquitous in many products and in our ...
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Organic fungicide copper sulfate poses dangers to humans, animals, insects—how does it compare to conventional pesticides?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
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How scientists are using CRISPR to create non-GMO crops

To feed the burgeoning human population, it is vital that the world figures out ways to boost food production. Increasing ...