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Deep dive into the science and history of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killer

The science behind the product, the fight over glyphosate, and the research behind the formulations ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 5: Soil health―When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this is ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall, many consumers are still worried about pesticides. They are especially concerned with ...
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Infographic: How do urban environments drive genetic change?

Air pollution may favor the adaptation of organisms to become more stress-resistant than their rural counterparts. There is some evidence ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

What is the truth about crop pesticides and their residues in food in 2018? ...
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Humans mated with the mysterious Denisovans more than once, as well as with Neanderthals

We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic...But to mock Neanderthals is to mock ourselves: Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply ...
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Infographic: Gene editing and CRISPR in action

Much of the excitement around gene editing is fueled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases. There are ...
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Can CRISPR really save lives? People with beta thalassemia blood disease likely first human trial subjects

For those who have no idea what CRISPR is all about, the abbreviation means “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.” ...
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Dozens of ‘mysterious’ chemicals lurking in our ‘all natural’ fruits and vegetables?

Rutin, glycine, and beta carophyllene: if you saw these words on an ingredients list, you'd probably presume the food was ...
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Infographic: Why single out GMOs—one of many forms of crop modification—for labeling?

[Editor's note: Layla Katiraee is a scientist at Integrated DNA Technologies. She has a PhD in molecular genetics with a ...
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Infographic: How crops are genetically modified to resist plant viruses

Plant viruses can be serious pathogens in crops as they can cause anywhere from minor losses to total crop failure ...
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Y DNA: Redrawing map of Europe, North Africa and Middle East based on male lineages

The map [below] shows what the borders of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa might look like if they were ...
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Infographic: Understanding ‘hazard vs risk’ illustrates lack of science behind IARC’s glyphosate cancer designation

Lately in the news of agriculture there has been a lot of controversy over the popular herbicide glyphosate being labeled ...
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Infographic: India poised to dramatically increase its global GMO footprint

GM crop footprint in India is all set to grow once the government gives its final nod to GM Mustard, ...
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Infographic: Who to trust—and who not to trust—about food and farming

With conflicting claims about scientific topics everywhere on the internet, it’s hard to know who to trust. This is especially ...
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Infographic: 6 ‘snake oil salesmen’ who profit from food fears

Several activists opposed to genetic engineering run small media empires, including websites, TV and radio programs. Scientists say they are ...
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Infographic: Global GM crops reduced farm chemical usage and CO2 emissions in 2016 boom year

[T]he International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report showcasing the 110-fold increase in adoption ...
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Infographic: The history of modern crop breeding — And how biotech seeds fit in

Biotech crops are an important milestone for agriculture as it continually improves to keep pace with the growing demand for ...
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Herbicide glyphosate now labeled ‘carcinogenic’ under CA’s Prop 65—Law that some say ‘only benefits lawyers’

The state of California can now require Roundup to have a label on it stating that it is a possible ...
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Infographic: Explore the future of genetic engineering and food

The first genetically engineered apple, Arctic Apple, a modified variety of Golden Delicious, hit stores in test markets in the ...
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Infographic: 5 popular foods genetically modified by humans–before GMOs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat a completely "natural" diet? Well, for starters, you wouldn't ...
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Infographic: Higher toxicity pesticides used in developing world pose environmental, health problems

Surveys of farm worker health are scarce, but it's clear that pesticides cause more harm in the developing world. More ...
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Infographic: Pesticides getting safer, developed countries using less

Developed countries have phased out the more dangerous chemicals, such as parathion and other organophosphates. After the US Food Quality ...
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Infographic: Enhancing yields, preventing disease

Long-term research plots have shown increases in wheat yield from controlling weeds and disease. Gains from plowing fallow fields were ...
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Infographic: More demand, many uses of pesticides worldwide

Pesticide sales are increasing in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In addition, companies often charge lower prices for older ...