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Viewpoint: Anti-Monsanto film ‘Percy’ promotes public confusion about crop biotech

Percy Schmeiser, a farmer from [Saskatchewan, Canada], has the real-life role of David in the movie adaptation of a reality ...
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Viewpoint: Europe can’t produce enough food if it cuts use of farm chemicals but opposes gene editing

Robert Arnason | 
Europe is asking its farmers to use fewer pesticides and less fertilizer, while still producing the same amount of food ...
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Canadian glyphosate-cancer lawsuits against Bayer may proceed regardless of US settlement

Robert Arnason | 
.... [T]he agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, ...
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As CRISPR crops become more common, don’t throw GMOs under the bus, scientists warn

Robert Arnason | 
Farmers and scientists may be tempted to throw transgenic crops in the trash. The technology, which has provided benefits to ...
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With consumers still fearful of synthetic chemicals, biotech firms spend billions on biopesticide development

Robert Arnason | 
Major players like Bayer and start-up companies are spending billions to identify fungi, bacteria and organic compounds in plants that ...
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EU neonic insecticide ban cut UK canola production from 1.8 million acres to 1.3 million annually

Robert Arnason | 
In 2012, U.K. farmers seeded about 1.8 million acres of oilseed rape [canola]. But over the last eight years, acreage ...
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Viewpoint: Science losing out to anti-glyphosate hysteria, farmers in a quandary as there are no alternative weedkillers as effective

Confirmation [in January] by the U.S. [EPA] that glyphosate is not carcinogenic is welcome, but .... it doesn’t matter. What ...
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GMO crops with enhanced carbon-storing ability could help slow climate change

Michael Robin | 
More than 10 percent of the Earth’s land-surface is cropped, about 3.7 billion acres of carbon sequestration Farmers’ toolkits for ...
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Glyphosate harms soil microbes? USDA research challenges common criticism of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide

Robert Arnason | 
There are dozens of conspiracy theories about glyphosate. One of those theories goes something like this: glyphosate, the active ingredient ...
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Losing glyphosate herbicides would be ‘major blow’ to sustainable farming, weed scientist argues

Barb Glen | 
Glyphosate, the herbicide that has revolutionized weed control since its introduction in 1974, faces steadily increasing restrictions and in some ...
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Viewpoint: Conventional, organic farmers risk alienating consumers by ‘trashing’ each other’s products

Ed White | 
I once rescued a car from a mechanic who was pushing much unnecessary “repair” work. The ethical mechanic I took ...
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Biotech industry fears Canada’s uncertain CRISPR crop rules will slow farming innovation

Sean Pratt | 
Canada is falling behind other jurisdictions in providing clarity on how it will regulate new crop varieties developed through gene ...
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General Mills urges suppliers to cut glyphosate use, citing growing consumer pesticide fears

Robert Arnason | 
General Mills, like all companies, needs happy and satisfied customers. That’s why it’s asking suppliers, farmers who produce oats, wheat, ...
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CRISPR gene editing speeds efforts to breed disease-resistant wheat, cut nitrogen pollution

Michael Robin | 
Researchers from around the globe gathered in Saskatoon [in August], focused on making wheat more efficient and sustainable using the ...
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Decoded small hive beetle genome could help control invasive honeybee parasite

Margaret Evans | 
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service have deciphered the genome of a serious threat to honeybees ...
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Canadian farmers anticipate access to new GMO crops as US-China trade deal nears completion

Sean Pratt | 
Canadian farmers may benefit from the trade dispute between the United States and China to the tune of hundreds of ...
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Vietnam’s glyphosate ban: Beginning of a dangerous global trend?

Vietnam’s decision to ban farmers from using glyphosate is troubling in three ways: it appears to rely on decisions set ...
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Drought, neonicotinoid insecticide ban cut EU’s canola yields 18 percent, USDA reports

Sean Pratt | 
The European Union is picking a good time to produce its second straight subpar rapeseed crop. The United States Department ...
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Consumer-focused CRISPR-edited crops may be key to building public trust in biotech

Robert Arnason | 
Gene editing has the potential to change agriculture, but only if consumers believe it’s a beneficial technology....The best way and ...
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Booming sales suggest non-browning Arctic apple could be breakthrough product, overcoming anti-GMO fears

Robert Arnason | 
Jack Bobo doesn’t hold back when talking about the Arctic Apple. He believes the non-browning apple could change how people ...
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USDA bioengineered labeling rules reignite GMO transparency debate

Sean Pratt | 
Farm groups and food companies are pleased with a new United States labeling law governing genetically modified organisms, but non-GMO ...
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Pro-farming social media campaigns haven’t changed consumer opinion on GMOs: Here’s why

Robert Arnason | 
It happens at almost every farm meeting in Canada. Someone gets up from their chair, walks over to the podium ...
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Will Canada rethink its proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides?

Robert Arnason | 
Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may ...
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Forget Old McDonald, farmers must communicate consumer benefits of modern agriculture

Cam Dahl | 
Most farmers are reluctant to talk about modern agriculture. Our own industry advertisements promote the image of a farm with ...
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Viewpoint: Biotech industry must invest more in public outreach, or risk losing GMO debate to activists

Robert Arnason | 
Agri-food is a $110 billion industry in Canada. Canola, just canola, supports 250,000 jobs and has a $26 billion impact ...
Viewpoint: USMCA North American trade deal sets precedent for sensible worldwide biotech crop regulations

Viewpoint: USMCA North American trade deal sets precedent for sensible worldwide biotech crop regulations

Robert Arnason | 
In the crop science industry, China has a reputation for taking a long, long time to approve new genetically modified ...
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Conflicting pesticide regulations may fuel needless food safety disputes

Paul Pryce | 
Since 1961, the Codex Alimentarius has provided a common set of standards for food safety, ranging from nutrition labeling to ...
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Did Canada overestimate the risks of neonicotinoid pesticides?

Robert Arnason | 
On Aug. 16, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency proposed to ban all outdoor uses of [the neonicotinoids] clothianidin and ...
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