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Judge dismisses activist lawsuit to block GMO crop, pesticide use in wildlife refuges

Conservation groups failed to show they would be harmed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s reversal of a previous ...
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Viewpoint: Court-enforced dicamba weedkiller ban is about eliminating GMOs, not protecting farmers

....[T]he U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit .... banned the use of Dicamba weed control products at the ...
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Activist-led lawsuit alleges EPA glyphosate weedkiller approval violated Endangered Species Act

EPA's interim registration approval of glyphosate in January now faces its first court challenge, as a number of food safety, ...
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Center for Food Safety sues USDA to block organic certification of soil-free hydroponic crops

Federal Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler .... will be reviewing USDA’s decision to permit the “indoor agricultural evolution” known as hydroponics ...
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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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How NPR, Washington Post, Bloomberg and other media botched reporting on EPA’s ‘ban’ of 12 ‘bee-killing’ neonicotinoid insecticides

If headlines are the measure, groups claiming bees are endangered by misuse of pesticides just scored a significant victory ...
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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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This gene gets blamed for migraines and a litany of other health issues. Reality is more complex

The story of the MTHFR gene shows that genetics is a probabilistic science ...
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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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Inside the battle to convince insurers that chronic fatigue syndrome is a legitimate illness

[Reporter Brian Vastag’s career] came to an end in July 2012, when he found himself afflicted by a mysterious and ...
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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 ...