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Gene drives could revolutionize how we deal with pests—if the technology avoids the controversial fate of GMOs

In addition to research and laboratory ethics, gene drive proponents need to focus on public perception ...
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GMO sustainability advantage? Glyphosate spurs no-till farming, preserving soil carbon

Skeptics of GMOs decry the growing practice of no-till farming and its connection to herbicide-tolerant crops. Yet, agronomists say good ...
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CRISPR breathing new life into wheat and other crops—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
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Viewpoint: Activists hurt farmers by fueling public’s disconnect with modern agriculture

Farmers are increasingly frustrated and dispirited by the demands and unrealistic expectations of food advocacy groups and activists such as ...
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Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador mulled endorsing anti-GMO campaign in exchange for contributions, violating UCS’ ethics policy

In a response to anti-GMO campaigners requesting endorsement, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) promised to look into it in ...
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Viewpoint: Do organic farms really produce ‘chemical free, healthier food’?

The multi-billion-dollar organic industry is thriving in large part because of dishonesty ...
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How anti-GMO groups and ‘Russian trolls’ influence public perceptions of science

A new opinion poll suggests that Russian trolls, aided by anti-GMO groups such as the Center for Food Safety and ...
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Animal biotechnologist Alison Van Eenennaam questions FDA plan to classify CRISPR gene-edited animals as drugs

The [FDA in 2019]  will roll out several guidance documents meant to provide “intensive assistance” for navigating its guidelines for ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to replace our fear-based genetic engineering regulations

In the early 1970s a group of scientists -- none involved in agriculture or food -- raised concerns about the ...
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Anti-GMO group: ‘Bayer is now the new Monsanto’

Bayer’s decision to drop the name means Monsanto products like Roundup will still be Roundup, but now they will be ...
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Is monoculture a bad thing? It’s time to revise simplistic ideological narrative

Biotech critics frequently claim that conventional agriculture and GMOs promote monoculture farming, which is harmful to biodiversity. A closer look ...
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Ohio governor candidate Dennis Kucinich got $120,000 from anti-GMO group

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich received $122,000 in consulting fees in 2016 from a group that works for food sustainability ...
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Making sense of the patchwork US regulatory system for genetically engineered crops and animals

The faster-growing genetically engineered AquaAdvantage Salmon took 20 years of regulatory scrutiny to gain approval, while the non-browning gene-silenced Arctic ...
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Viewpoint: How politics pollutes the FDA’s genetically modified animal regulations and stifles innovation

AquaBounty's fast-growing salmon and Oxitec's disease-fighting mosquitos are two examples of why genetically modified animals should be regulated by the ...
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Could 2018 mark the end of the anti-GMO movement?

Editor's note: This article is part one of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...
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Animal breeders are blocked worldwide from using genetic engineering. Here’s why.

Stringent regulations have made it almost impossible for GE animals to be approved for sale in the US. It took ...
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Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

[Editor's note: Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The following is part of a letter ...
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GMO supporters and critics weigh in on FDA’s biotech education initiative

[Editor's note: Karl Haro von Mogel is a geneticist with a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with ...
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Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
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GMO that’s not all GMO: Monsanto’s rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

The EPA's relatively quick approval of a new Monsanto seed trait drew criticism from anti-GMO groups that complained about a ...
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Public education about QR codes important to success of proposed federal GMO label, study finds

The study, the release of which was the subject of a now-moot lawsuit from the Center for Food Safety last ...
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Center for Food Safety sues USDA to spur release of GMO QR code labeling study

One of the most controversial aspects of the mandatory GMO labeling law signed by President Obama last summer is the ...
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Viewpoint: California activists ‘gamed system’ to get glyphosate herbicide labeled as carcinogen

Environmental activists found the perfect targets to help them defame the popular herbicide glyphosate — widely-accepted as safe — in ...
Opinion: Anti-GMO documentaries on Hawaii farming warp reality

Opinion: Anti-GMO documentaries on Hawaii farming warp reality

A movement in Hawaii promotes the romanticized view that the world can be fed locally and without farm pesticides and ...
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How Berkeley-led academics conspired with anti-GMO groups to attack Food Evolution movie

Emails show the Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth helped write and promote a ...
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Opinion: GMO opponents in ‘frenzied heat’ trying to discredit Food Evolution movie

Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle and other anti-GMO activists have complained that the documentary Food Evolution is nothing more than a ...
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Plight of the monarch: Threatened by more than the loss of milkweed food supply

Anti-GMO critics often blame the herbicide glyphosate for monarch butterfly population declines, as it kills the insect's habitat--weeds. But a ...
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Opinion: Activists—not biotech companies—responsible for public backlash against GMOs

Biotech companies like Monsanto are often blamed for not doing enough to combat consumer skepticism of GM foods. But anti-GMO ...