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Are bees disappearing due to ‘climate chaos’? Out of 250 bumblebee species around the world, only a few species are in danger

Are bees disappearing due to ‘climate chaos’? Out of 250 bumblebee species around the world, only a few species are in danger

Robert Arnason | 
It’s easy to find... articles on the internet which claim that bumblebees and wild bees will be extinct in 20 ...
Changing course, Health Canada finds neonicotinoid pesticides ‘not a threat’ to aquatic insects

Changing course, Health Canada finds neonicotinoid pesticides ‘not a threat’ to aquatic insects

Robert Arnason | 
In 2018, Health Canada proposed to phase out all agricultural uses of thiamethoxam, a Syngenta product, and clothianidin, a Bayer ...
Gene-edited crops ‘safe for human consumption and the environment,’ Health Canada finds

Gene-edited crops ‘safe for human consumption and the environment,’ Health Canada finds

Robert Arnason | 
Health Canada is proposing new rules to deal with plant breeding innovation, including gene-edited crops. To develop the new guidelines, ...
Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide

Robert Arnason | 
Burnt bread contains a compound known as acrylamide, a chemical that can cause cancer.  The darker the toast, the more ...
Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

Margaret Evans | 
In 2009, the genome editing tool CRISPR was introduced, which allows scientists to edit the DNA of organisms such as ...
Gene editing immunizes canola against nasty fungal disease, and may cut farmer dependence on fungicides

Gene editing immunizes canola against nasty fungal disease, and may cut farmer dependence on fungicides

Robin Booker | 
Field trials confirmed greenhouse trial results of a new canola trait that’s sclerotinia resistant.  Cibus is an independent trait developer ...
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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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