How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

The Biden administration has a rare opportunity to accelerate agricultural innovation and spur broad and lasting economic growth by taking ...
Podcast: Nature makes 'GMO' fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Podcast: Nature makes ‘GMO’ fish; Biology and gender; Curing sickle cell with CRISPR

Anti-GMO groups have long warned about the dangers of AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon. But as it turns out, transgenic fish ...
International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

International science denial: Top-5 activist groups spreading anti-GMO myths in Latin America

The United States and Europe are home to some of the most influential anti-biotechnology advocacy groups in the world. They ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

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 ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 5: Soil health ― When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than 'natural' organics

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 ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

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 ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

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 during the last few decades, many consumers are still worried about pesticides ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

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 ...
Pesticides and Food: It's not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

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? ...
Viewpoint: Here's what 'whole grain' really means—and it's not the health claim you've been told it is

Viewpoint: Here’s what ‘whole grain’ really means—and it’s not the health claim you’ve been told it is

Consumers have been so saturated with vague marketing claims that nearly 50 percent can't correctly identify what is claimed to ...
Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s 'Dirty Dozen' list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Afraid of Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list? Here’s 12 reasons you shouldn’t be

Many regular food shoppers anxiously await the results of the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list. Even if you ...
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Podcast: This GMO ‘almost’ wiped out all life; Here comes AquaBounty salmon; Pregnancy, chemicals and junk science

Did you hear about the genetically engineered microbe that almost wiped out all life? It got widespread attention in the ...
Anti-GMO groups struggle to preserve Europe's stringent crop gene-editing rules in post-Brexit UK

Anti-GMO groups struggle to preserve Europe’s stringent crop gene-editing rules in post-Brexit UK

Following its political and economic divorce from the European Union, the UK has been forced to tackle an incendiary question: ...
Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

Anti-GMO activists launch final effort to block AquaBounty’s fast-growing, sustainable GM salmon as US sales loom

As biotech firm AquaBounty prepares to harvest its GE AquAdvantage salmon for sale in the US, activist groups have trotted ...
Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That's because you don't know what life is like without them

Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That’s because you don’t know what life is like without them

Our greatest public health challenge isn’t chemicals -- it's ignorance and fear-mongering about them ...
What is regenerative farming, and is it a solution to climate change?

What is regenerative farming, and is it a solution to climate change?

At a high level, Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming practices based on decades of science and applied research that ...
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Podcast: Save the earth—get a vasectomy? Glyphosate science vs emotion; Will Biden ban safe pesticides?

For the sake of women's rights and the environment, increasing numbers of men are getting vasectomies. How could this impact ...
Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement's future into doubt

Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime ...
Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary's opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary’s opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Deb Haaland’s nomination to head the Interior Department has advanced to the full Senate, but the New Mexico representative weathered ...
Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

An old myth has resurfaced that a GMO almost destroyed all life on Earth — but what's the real story? ...
Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Just how ‘green’ are biofuels? Why turning crops into energy might not be a worthwhile climate change solution

Biofuels are liquid fuels made from biomass (plant or animal organic materials) and used primarily in transportation, which is almost ...
Glyphosate on trial: In an 'unequal contest' between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Glyphosate on trial: In an ‘unequal contest’ between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Recently, I was asked to speak about the weedkiller glyphosate on Radio Colombia. As is often the case with media ...
Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies – ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Within days of being sworn in, President Joe Biden elevated the science adviser to the president to Cabinet rank, with ...
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Agriculture and climate change: Taking the best of all farming systems could tip the carbon scale in the right direction

Agriculture contributes a significant portion of the world's climate-changing greenhouse gases. In turn, changes in climate will reduce agricultural yields ...
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