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Viewpoint: As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for ‘bird-pocalypse’ that’s not happening

Are we in the midst of another bout of unfounded environmentalist-fueled exaggerations—this time about birds becoming extinct because of pesticide ...
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FDA reaffirms much-criticized plan to regulate genetically engineered animals as if they were a drug

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has doubled down on his agency’s failed policy for regulating an entire sector of biotechnology — the ...
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Why monocultures might be the most sustainable option when choosing cover crops

It's long been believed, without much empirical evidence, that biodiversity in crop cover mixtures increases crop productivity, improves soil ecosystems ...
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Are GMO critics more open to gene editing that targets plant and human diseases?

The early generations of transgenic plants focused primarily on increasing productivity, either by reducing pest damage or increasing yields by ...
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13 nations say it’s time to end ‘political posturing’ and embrace crop gene editing

 Agricultural scientists have been excited about gene editing since it debuted several years ago. The technology dramatically cuts the time ...
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Absolut failure: Kansas farm family takes stand against fear-based non-GMO vodka marketing

I don’t throw the word hero around very often, but in this case the cape fits. Out on the vast ...
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Viewpoint: Why a jury verdict against Monsanto doesn’t change anything regarding the safety of Roundup herbicide

The common weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) is back in the news after a US court ruled it contributed to a man’s terminal cancer (non-Hodgkin ...
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Cheese: The GMO food die-hard GMO opponents love, but don’t want to label

In cheese production, the need to use traditional rennet obtained from calf stomachs has largely been removed because of a ...
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Ugandan researchers hit the road to battle anti-GMO propaganda

As Uganda continues to grapple with its biotech future, scientists have launched an initiative to help local farmers better understand ...
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Climate change and rice: How some of the world’s poorest nations may suffer

Much of the world relies on rice. What happens when climate change threatens rice nutrition? ...
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Viewpoint: Why we have to fight for what biotechnology can offer us

“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” That’s how fictional star ship captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek orders his tea, 300 years ...
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Countering the impact of climate change through new breeding techniques

It is imperative that we breed new varieties of plants to make agriculture more sustainable, given increasing food demand and ...
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With GMO soybean market booming, is there a future for conventional varieties?

Almost all the world's soybean grown today is GMO, which it is very difficult to find non-GMO soybeans. Begging the ...
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Jumping genes: How Barbara McClintock won a Nobel Prize by crossbreeding corn

Through meticulous crossbreeding, she showed that DNA is far more complicated than scientists originally thought ...
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Viewpoint: Chemophobia epidemic—Fanning fears about trace chemicals obscures real risks and ‘damages public health’

When is a chemical dangerous? This is not a question we consciously ask ourselves much, but in fact, we interrogate ...
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Using gene editing to control forest fires? It could be a reality if anti-biotechnology activists don’t block it

The American west has experienced devastating wildfires in recent years; while the number of fires has decreased a little over ...
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Boosting crop yields by using genetic engineering to help plants discard natural toxins

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? ...
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Mother Nature? More like ‘Mad Scientist Mama’—creator of chemicals good and bad for humans

Nature is not some sort of cosmic mother figure. On the contrary, nature is composed of diverse biological and physical ...
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After successful demonization campaign against herbicide glyphosate, anti-GMO activists and environmental groups take aim at atrazine

In July, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued an extensive report that reviewed decades of science and declared that a ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to replace our fear-based genetic engineering regulations

In the early 1970s a group of scientists -- none involved in agriculture or food -- raised concerns about the ...
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Costs and benefits need to be assessed in weighing bans on glyphosate and neonicotinoids

The continuing debates over whether the herbicide glyphosate or the insecticide class of neonicotinoids (neonics) could—or should—remain available for farmers ...
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Viewpoint: How anti-GMO activist-journalist Carey Gillam primes the glyphosate litigation pump

The Guardian published an article by Sam Levin and Carey Gillam [on October 7] about the “new era of cancer lawsuits ...
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‘Gold standard’ assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues

Some lab studies but almost no field ones suggest neonicotinoid pesticides are harming bee health. Why is there such a ...
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Viewpoint: Link between bee death and glyphosate still a ‘far-fetched’ story

Glyphosate is a herbicide, in other words, it is toxic to plants. Its target enzyme is not found in insects ...
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Why Ugandan banana breeders say it’s critical to add genetic engineering to their toolbox

Ugandan researchers have been successful at developing robust hybrid bananas through conventional breeding techniques. Yet they see a strong need ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s anti-GMO activists copy smear tactics of extremist US organic lobbyists

Some bad ideas have originated in America. Reality television, spray-on cheese, pineapple pizza, and deep-fried Hostess Twinkies come to mind. But the ...
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Viewpoint: Activists promotion of ‘fog of misinformation’ about GMOs challenges science communicators

Activists spend all day peddling nonsense. If they spent that kind of time on constructive issues…sigh. [A] local radio station ...
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‘Chemical free’ organic industry’s unacknowledged ‘pesticide problem’

The organic label is often touted as meaning "pesticide free" and has become a rallying cry for anti-GMO activists. But ...