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CRISPR could yield herbicide-resistant, non-GMO soybeans to help combat stubborn weeds

It is often said that a soybean’s maximum yield potential is when it is still in the bag .... [E]verything ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO activists ignore science when debating glyphosate safety

There are encouraging signs that people are beginning to tune out the activist propaganda ...
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How the pigweed Palmer amaranth became a ‘super weed’—and what it tells us about preventing herbicide resistance

Bound up with the bad news of super weeds is good news for farmers -- a window of opportunity ...
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‘Monsanto on the attack’: How an aggressive defense contributed to the ‘dicamba debacle’

It's pretty clear that the ag industry has a problem. But what is the nature of it? ...
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Farmer vs farmer: After tens of thousands of acres of crop damage, what are we to make of the ‘dicamba debacle’?

For dicamba, even more than most ag issues in recent history, the devil is in the details ...
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Farmers may soon use drones to battle herbicide-resistant weeds

Remote sensing provides an alternative to ground-based manual scouting for weeds in agriculture fields. And, while many advances have been ...
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Can controlled burns crack down on herbicide-resistant weeds?

Weeds are thieves. They steal nutrients, sunlight and water from our food crops. In the case of sugarcane, yield refers ...
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Milkweed: Mother’s milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Can we encourage a resurgence in butterfly-friendly milkweed populations without making farming even more challenging? ...
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New herbicide controls hard-to-kill weeds, could be paired with resistant GMO crops

Purdue University researchers have developed a compound effective for controlling weeds that is also safe for people and the environment. They ...
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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 ...
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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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6 common misconceptions about the ‘dangers’ of genetic engineering and GMOs

Why does the GMO debate have a bit of Groundhog Day aspect to it? The way the issues are framed ...
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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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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? ...
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GMO crops and herbicides: A ‘win-win’ for farmers and the environment, plant scientist Wayne Parrott says

A fertile soil is a microbial wonderland .... a tiny ecosystem too small to see with our eyes. Yet, the ...
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Roundup on trial: Everything you need to know about the glyphosate herbicide controversy

[A] California jury awarded two hundred and eighty nine million dollars .... to a former groundskeeper for a California school ...
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European farmers already pondering what life without glyphosate might be like

In the aftermath of the European Parliament’s 355-204 vote opposing the renewal of the popular herbicide glyphosate in 2018 for households ...
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Could commercial herbicides made from fungi bridge sustainability gap between organic and conventional agriculture?

Nature is not just out to kill us, it is out to kill itself, in the interest of surviving over ...
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Why glyphosate and herbicide-tolerant GMO seeds aren’t threats to bees

Glyphosate is a herbicide, in other words, it is toxic to plants. Its target enzyme is not found in insects ...
Viewpoint: French media's 'fake news' on glyphosate herbicide endangers science in Europe

Viewpoint: French media’s ‘fake news’ on glyphosate herbicide endangers science in Europe

In Europe, technical matters which should be science-based, such as the authorization of marketing for chemicals or genetically engineered plants, ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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Did the EPA and Monsanto conspire to hide glyphosate’s health risks?

A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee repeated the debunked conspiracy theory that Monsanto manipulated the EPA to hide evidence ...
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Review of Whitewash (or Hogwash?): Carey Gillam’s glyphosate book betrays science, undermines our understanding of cancer

Last fall a new book hit the shelves, timed to coincide with public hearings on the European Union’s re-authorization of ...
Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

In January, the European Parliament announced that it will set up a Special Committee on the Union’s authorization procedure for ...
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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

While many studies show that genetically modified crops contribute to yield gains, GMO critics say that they don’t. Such claims, ...
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GMO labeling emerges as hot-button issue in organic and conventional food industry fights

Editor's note: This article is part three of a three-part series by Marc Brazeau on his 2018 predictions on food, ...