Viewpoint: It’s time for a reassessment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)'s role in sabotaging glyphosate, one of the world’s most popular — and safest — herbicides

Viewpoint: It’s time for a reassessment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s role in sabotaging glyphosate, one of the world’s most popular — and safest — herbicides

As we’re in the midst of a reevaluation of whether the Virology Laboratory in Wuhan, China was the true source ...
Viewpoint — ‘Less food waste, lower carbon footprints and a socially sensitive food system’: Tech-enabled farming intensification is the only science-based path to sustainability

Viewpoint — ‘Less food waste, lower carbon footprints and a socially sensitive food system’: Tech-enabled farming intensification is the only science-based path to sustainability

Several trends become quickly apparent when we engage the public about agriculture. Consumers across the industrialized world reject concepts like ...
Podcast: By focusing on biotechnology breakthroughs, have scientists overlooked simpler solutions to our food security problems?

Podcast: By focusing on biotechnology breakthroughs, have scientists overlooked simpler solutions to our food security problems?

Gene editing could revolutionise agriculture, with some scientists promising healthier and more productive crops and animals, but will consumers want ...
An activist-based PR campaign is poised to claim that the Earth faces a Silent Spring-like ‘insect armageddon.’ Will The New York Times and other media fall for the 'hysteria con' once again?

An activist-based PR campaign is poised to claim that the Earth faces a Silent Spring-like ‘insect armageddon.’ Will The New York Times and other media fall for the ‘hysteria con’ once again?

For the past four years, journalists and environmental bloggers have been churning out story after story that insects are vanishing, ...
Viewpoint: Stanford is a world-class science institution … except when it comes to critical thinking about the ‘sustainability myth’ of organic agriculture

Viewpoint: Stanford is a world-class science institution … except when it comes to critical thinking about the ‘sustainability myth’ of organic agriculture

Stanford, which consistently ranks among the top U.S. colleges and universities, is one of the great research institutions in the ...
Viewpoint: How the anti-GMO movement devolved from dangerous to irksome to irrelevant

Viewpoint: How the anti-GMO movement devolved from dangerous to irksome to irrelevant

Introduced in the 1990s, crops genetically engineered (GE) to withstand exposure to the weed killer glyphosate (Roundup) were a game-changer ...
Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

We have two major problems. Vanilla is mostly produced in a narrow set of unstable economies and the supply chains ...
Viewpoint: How COVID has altered the future of US agriculture and the role of biotechnology

Viewpoint: How COVID has altered the future of US agriculture and the role of biotechnology

The past year has been a doozy. Being locked up for a year and watching half a million Americans die ...
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Re-examining 10 science-challenged ‘studies’ suggesting GMOs are harmful

The blog "10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health" is now a fixture on cyberspace. A ...
Activists and 'celebrity figures' are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Activists and ‘celebrity figures’ are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

On New Year’s Eve 2020, the Mexican government announced its plan to ban GMO corn and phase out GMO corn ...
Viewpoint: Why the federal government should subsidize high risk, early stage research into alternative meats and other proteins

Viewpoint: Why the federal government should subsidize high risk, early stage research into alternative meats and other proteins

A record-breaking $3.1 billion was invested in alternative proteins — plant-based and cultivated meat — in 2020. However, we and other ...
Lab-grown meat promises to cut water and land use by more than 96%. Why are US regulators dragging their feet in approving this ‘sustainable innovation’?

Lab-grown meat promises to cut water and land use by more than 96%. Why are US regulators dragging their feet in approving this ‘sustainable innovation’?

Future Meat Technologies announced [recently] that it can now produce 1,100 pounds of meat daily from animal cells grown in industrial-scale ...
Viewpoint: Warning to Sri Lanka — Tunnel vision embrace of an organic-only farming model sets country up for economic and environmental backwardness

Viewpoint: Warning to Sri Lanka — Tunnel vision embrace of an organic-only farming model sets country up for economic and environmental backwardness

An Open Letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Your recent endeavor to ‘rush’ the country from conventional farming to ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Europe is currently in a frenzy trying to drum up enough support to dramatically rollback approvals of targeted synthetic pesticides, ...
Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Glyphosate is a weed killer widely used by the agricultural industry and also available for consumer use in products like ...
Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impacts?

A Swedish Food Agency report compared environmental impacts of conventional farming against those of organic farming ...
Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Eric Lander—geneticist, mathematician, president and founding director of the Broad Institute— took the helm on June 2 as director of the Office of Science and ...
GLP Podcast: 'Lefty' anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

GLP Podcast: ‘Lefty’ anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

Anti-GMO groups have hitched their wagons to the COVID lab-leak hypothesis to keep their flagging agenda alive. Organic produce is ...
How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

After an arduous process that took more than 25 years from time of conception to commercialization, the GMO salmon was ...
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Another study finds glyphosate herbicide kills tumor cells. Is the much-maligned weedkiller a cancer fighter?

If Roundup or one of its ingredients turns out to be an effective cancer treatment, it would be a stunning ...
Not 23andMe but ‘3-million-and-me’: How to maximize dietary probiotics to improve our microbiomes and overall health

Not 23andMe but ‘3-million-and-me’: How to maximize dietary probiotics to improve our microbiomes and overall health

We may think of ourselves as ’23 and me’ based on our pair of chromosomes, but really, we are closer ...
Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Europe currently is heavily dependent on imports for food products as well as animal feed, particularly soy and corn. But ...
Don't believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture starting to implement its organic food rules. They allow ...
Viewpoint: For decades, environmental NGOs have 'disseminated propaganda deliberately targeted at misinforming the public' — and there are real life consequences

Viewpoint: For decades, environmental NGOs have ‘disseminated propaganda deliberately targeted at misinforming the public’ — and there are real life consequences

For over 20 years now, activist environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs) like Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, the Third ...
Humanity has tipped the Earth’s nitrogen cycle out of balance. Here’s how we can reduce the use of synthetic fertilizer and address climate change dislocations

Humanity has tipped the Earth’s nitrogen cycle out of balance. Here’s how we can reduce the use of synthetic fertilizer and address climate change dislocations

As nations and industries try to cut greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, agricultural practices are in the spotlight ...
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