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Viewpoint: Let’s change how we farm and eat to stop ‘climate breakdown’

My spirits have been lifted by Greta Thunberg, the school climate strikers, Extinction Rebellion, and – perhaps most strikingly – ...
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Viewpoint: Regulators should embrace the Vatican’s decade-old endorsement of GMOs

If only legislators and regulators would “get religion" and take the Pontifical Academy’s decade-old recommendations to heart ...
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Ghana farmer groups demand accelerated approval of GMO crops

Farmer groups in Ghana are asking the government to speed up the process of commercializing genetically modified (GM) crops as ...
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Reduced pesticide use in organic farming boosts manual labor as much as 35%

Gleaming organic products have come to occupy an increasingly large portion of grocery store shelves. Many may think that compared to traditional ...
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Viewpoint: Lab-grown meat may hinder effort to develop a ‘just food future’

At the 2019 Milken Global Conference, which brings together business and public policy leaders to explore how market-based solutions could ...
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Toxic chemicals in your food? How regulation, technological innovation protect consumers from pesticides

Understanding the magnitude and impact of dietary pesticide exposures is a concern for some consumers. However, the ability of consumers ...
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Viewpoint: Modern farming, economic growth don’t cause biodiversity decline—they prevent it

Driven perhaps by envy at the attention that climate change is getting, and ambition to set up a great new ...
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Microbial biofertilizer could boost sustainable farming as food demand booms

Agriculture is facing tough challenges in the years ahead, including a rising world population and arable land and water becoming ...
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Crop biotech industry fears ‘mistrust of science’ stifling farming innovation in Europe

For several weeks last fall I spent much of my time traveling across Europe, visiting with many of the representatives ...
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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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Podcast: Plant geneticist Kevin Folta explains how to combat consumer fear of GMOs

Dr. Kevin Folta discusses science communication (the communication of science-related topics to non-experts). Part of his work is helping people ...
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Viewpoint: Conventional, organic farming advocates should stop fighting and focus on feeding world’s growing population

For years, discussions about the future of the agricultural industry have converged on the arbitrary yet consequential date of 2050, ...
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Viewpoint: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal wants to make agriculture sustainable—but farmers beat her to it

The Green New Deal puts forth a lot of idealistic proposals without much specificity, strategic planning, or research ...
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Viewpoint: Agroecology is a ‘dead end’ for African farmers trying to achieve food security

For the past 50 years, Daisy Namusoke has grown crops on her small plot of land in the Buikwe District ...
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Organic producers battle over food labeling standards as industry nears $50 billion in sales

As organic food shifts from utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul. Record organic ...
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Viewpoint: Many organic farmers aren’t anti-GMO, and they’re tired of ‘meaningless’ food labels

[In February], I attended the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest such gathering in the U.S., with thousands of people in ...
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Video: Think ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ foods are GMO free? Think again

Did you ever wonder why products with the Non-GMO Project label don’t say “contains zero GMOs” or “GMO-free”? It’s because ...
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Egypt poised to again lead Africa in agricultural biotechnology innovation

When will Egypt again lead Africa in agricultural biotech innovation? That question kept running through my mind when I visited ...
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Is the anti-GMO movement following PETA’s animal rights activist playbook?

From drenching fields in chemicals to factory farming, there is so much misinformation out there about what happens on today’s ...
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Nonprofit farmer coalition launches chocolate brand Ethos hyping GMO ingredients to ‘demystify’ biotechnology

What claims to be the first pro-GMO chocolate....was launched in February by A Fresh Look, a nonprofit coalition of some ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 5: Soil health―When synthetic pesticides are more sustainable than ‘natural’ organics

Most consumers believe organic farming avoids pesticides and prioritizes the health of the environment more than conventional farming. However, this is ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 4: How do organic pesticides compare to synthetic pesticides?

Many consumers choose to buy higher-priced organic produce because they believe organic foods are not grown using pesticides and therefore ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall, many consumers are still worried about pesticides. They are especially concerned with ...
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This farmer says more food producers should stand up for agriculture—here’s 5 reasons why

....An advocate for agriculture, sometimes referred to as an AGvocate, can be anyone who works to tell the inclusive story ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
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Viewpoint: New book “A Matter of Taste” cuts through fog of ‘misinformation’ around GMOs and modern farming

The foodie ecosystem is dominated by polarizing movies....Typically containing stale feelings and claims of folks like Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva (who was ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

What is the truth about crop pesticides and their residues in food in 2018? ...