Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

Articles written for the GLP list the source as Genetic Literacy Project. All other articles were written for the sources noted with excerpts provided by the GLP.
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23andMe and weight loss: Can consumer DNA-testing company deliver?

Kristen Brown | 
Consumer DNA-testing giant 23andMe Inc. plans to add new wellness offerings it hopes will help its customers shed a few pounds, but ...
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Monsanto retains patent on GMO Bt cotton in India, nation’s Supreme Court rules

Upmanyu Trivedi, Vrishti Beniwal | 
Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit won a legal battle to own patents on genetically-modified cotton seeds in India, the world’s biggest producer of ...

‘Less expected’: China condemns research yielding gene-edited babies

Matthew Campbell | 
On Nov. 26, U.S.-trained, Shenzhen-based He Jiankui announced that he’d altered the genes of a human embryo to create the ...
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Edible vaccine may protect honey bees from deadly microbial infections

Kati Pohjanpalo | 
A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with ...
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Meat industry may back its cell-based competitors to gain foothold in health food market

Deena Shanker, Lydia Mulvany | 
According to Andrew Noyes, the head of communications for Just Inc., meat companies are discussing the possibility of helping cell-based meat ...

Cell-based, synthetic, cultured? Debate intensifies over what to call lab-grown meat

Deena Shanker, Lydia Mulvany, Teaganne Finn | 
Lab-grown. Cell-based. Clean. In vitro. Cultured. Fake. Artificial. Synthetic. Meat 2.0. These are all terms that refer to the same kind ...
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Legal challenges expected after EPA re-authorizes controversial weed-killing herbicide dicamba

Tiffany Stecker, Susan Bruninga | 
Farmers can use the pesticide dicamba to clear fields of stubborn weeds for two more growing seasons after the EPA ...

China struggling with consumer skepticism in push to introduce GMO corn

Michael Standaert | 
China’s central government set a goal two years ago for commercializing genetically modified corn by the end of 2020, but ...
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Edible cotton? USDA approves biotech seeds that can be spread like peanut butter

Americans may soon be eating cotton for the first time — not just wearing it — as a new edible ...

Glyphosate-cancer case appeal: Judge inclined to set aside $250 million of damages, order new trial

Joel Rosenblatt | 
Bayer AG won a tentative ruling slashing the lion’s share of a $289 million verdict in the first trial over claims ...
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Asians finally have drugs ‘perfectly tailored’ to their genetics

Ari Altstedter | 
For decades, much of the pipeline of medical innovation has flowed from West to East. Now a string of companies ...
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Monsanto ‘didn’t fully disclose’ involvement in 2016 glyphosate review, publisher says

Lydia Mulvany, Peter Waldman, Joel Rosenblatt | 
Bayer AG’s defense of Roundup weed killer may take a hit after an academic journal [Critical Reviews in Toxicology] said ...
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CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna: Clinical human gene editing 5 to 10 years away

Tatiana Darie | 
A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years ...
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Viewpoint: US, Europe taking ‘equally misguided’ approaches toward gene-edited crops

Crispr is coming to the farm. The gene-editing tool, best known for its potential to prevent disease and fight cancer, ...
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Following lawsuit by organic food group, Nature Valley bars will lose ‘100% natural’ label

Deena Shanker | 
General Mills Inc.’s Nature Valley bars will no longer bear the “Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats” label, after ...
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Viewpoint: Jury’s glyphosate cancer ruling doesn’t change fact that all farmers need pesticides to grow food

Lydia Mulvany | 
It may seem like Judgment Day has come for glyphosate, with a California jury slapping $289 million in damages on Monsanto Co ...
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Climate change threatens champagne production, but wineries use ‘smart genetics’ to stave off problems

Elin McCoy | 
In the cold, chalky cellars deep underground at boutique Champagne house A.R. Lenoble, co-owner Antoine Malassagne shares his worries about ...
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Video: Inside the quest to improve farm animal welfare by tweaking their genes

Aki Ito | 
For nine nerve-racking months beginning in the summer of 2014, Dan Carlson waited for his lab experiments to be born ...

USDA, World Health Organization butt heads over use of antibiotics in agriculture

Andrew Martin, Jared Hopkins | 
The Trump administration is resisting the World Health Organization’s effort to sharply limit antibiotic use in farm animals... ... The WHO ...
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Kazakhstan ‘goes organic’ to compete in $90 billion non-GMO food market

Agnieszka De Sousa | 
Kazakhstan is tapping growing consumer demand for organic crops to help it better compete in the food-export market. The country ...
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As USDA pushes deregulation, organic food producers invent their own quality standards to protect profits

Andrew Martin, Shruti Singh | 
Stringent regulations are crucial to maintaining consumer confidence in the organic label that the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees, according ...
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Viewpoint: Simple disclosure—not fancy logo—is what GMO labeling needs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has come up with cheerful new labels for genetically modified foods. The bright green and ...

Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein: USDA’s GMO labeling proposal provides no benefits, high cost to consumers

Cass Sunstein | 
Should a federal agency issue a regulation that will impose up to $3.5 billion in costs next year and billions ...
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Putin’s organic empire: How billionaires are remaking Russian agriculture

Deep in the Caucasus, downriver from Europe’s highest peak, North Korean women roam Soviet-era hothouses growing what tycoon Vladimir Evtushenkov is betting ...
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Bad weather to blame for recent uptick in US honeybee loses

Alan Bjerga | 
Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather ...

Impossible Burger will have to wait another 90 days for voluntary FDA safety review

Lydia Mulvany | 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has pushed back the deadline of a safety review of Impossible Foods Inc.’s “magic” ingredient ...
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GMO crop pioneer Robb Fraley to leave Monsanto after Bayer takeover

Lydia Mulvany | 
It’s the end of an era at Monsanto Co. after executives including the seed giant’s scientific leader Robb Fraley announced ...

Agricultural tech startup Indigo uses microbes to improve crops

Elizabeth Dunn | 
In humans, a healthy microbiome—the universe of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that lives inside all of us—is increasingly recognized as critical ...