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Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they know spread misinformation?

In the face of climate change, the expectation for evidence is doubled because of the dramatic implications ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
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Microbes that treat parasitic infection could yield natural, safe insecticide

For hundreds of years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used an herb called Stemona sessilifolia as a remedy for ...
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Does organic mean ‘pesticide free’? 5 things to know about the USDA organic label

Here's what you're actually getting for that 'organic' premium price ...
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EU bans Bayer neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid, citing threat to human reproductive health, bees

The European Commission decided on [Jan. 13] not to renew approval for a pesticide linked to harming bees, effectively banning ...
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Viewpoint: Bill banning neonicotinoid insecticides from wildlife refuges based on bad science

The House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources recently approved HR 2854, the 2019 Protect Our Refuges Act, prohibiting the ...
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99% of tested food samples ‘well below’ EPA pesticide safety limits, new USDA report shows

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) [Dec. 10] published the 2018 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual ...
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Farm to Fork strategy: New EU Agriculture Commissioner wants to boost organic farming

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, highlighted the promotion of organic farming as a key aim for the new ...
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Viewpoint: With Conservative sweep of the ‘Brexit election’, Boris Johnson poised to steer the UK out of ‘outdated’ EU GMO, CRISPR regulations

If the UK replaces the EU's overly cautious biotech rules with a pro-innovation scheme, it could become a true global ...
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EU votes to ban insecticide chlorpyrifos, citing brain damage risk to children

A majority of EU countries voted to ban chlorpyrifos, an insecticide deemed unsafe for human health by the EU’s food ...
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Pesticide makers want EU chlorpyrifos insecticide ban halted for lack of ‘sound evidence’

Agri-chemical manufacturers are putting pressure on the EU to prevent a ban of two disputed pesticides that damage the brain ...
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Bayer’s Monsanto division pleads guilty to misdemeanor for spraying banned pesticide and storing hazardous waste in Hawaii in 2014, will pay $10.2 million fine

Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and agreed to pay $10.2 million ...
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Pesticide importers threaten lawsuit to block Thailand’s glyphosate ban, warning of serious economic impacts

Importers of three toxic farm chemicals, which are set to be officially banned from Dec 1, have vowed they will ...
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Viewpoint: Common pesticides unsafe at any dose? Here’s what’s wrong with Brazilian researcher’s ‘unsupported’ claims

Going to national media with unpublished sensationalist claims is not without consequences ...
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Environmental Working Group slams joint EPA-PETA effort to end pesticide testing on animals

Leaders from the Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals flanked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler ...
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Are neonicotinoid seed treatments critical for protecting crops—or unnecessary, with potential to harm bees?

If neonic seed treatments don’t increase yields, reducing their use to limit potential harm to bees would be an easier ...
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EU bans neonic insecticide thiacloprid after 2020, citing threats to human reproductive health, bees

EU countries [Ocotber 22] voted not to extend the license of the insecticide thiacloprid when it expires at the end ...
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Viewpoint: Arrival of GMO, gene-edited biofortified crops weakens case for organic agriculture

A new lineup of GMO and gene-edited crops with nutrient content organic growers simply can't replicate ...
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Synthesized ‘natural’ insecticide perseanol could cut use of harsher pesticides

First discovered back in the 1990s, perseanol exerts its insecticidal effects by paralyzing the muscular tissues of pests, in the ...
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Proposed New York chlorpyrifos insecticide ban pits farmers against environmental groups

With California .... agreeing to ban its sale, environmentalists in New York are renewing their call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...
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Viewpoint: Farmers need more than pro-GMO marketing campaigns to earn public trust

If farmers want to shed the stereotypes foisted on them and talk openly to consumers about the realities of agriculture ...
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Viewpoint: How organic industry opposition to CRISPR gene editing encourages pesticide use

The organic food movement has a bigger problem than the double standard it relies on to attack synthetic chemicals ...
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Higher yields, reduced pesticide use fueled by GMO crops boost farmer welfare in developing world

Up to 17 million smallholder farmers planted GM crops in 2018, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of ...
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Germany’s ‘save the bees’ anti-pesticide campaign ‘existential threat’ to local vineyards, wine industry says

In the vineyards of Oberrotweil and Oberbergen numerous green crosses were set up [over] the weekend. “They are meant as ...
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Viewpoint: GMO, CRISPR-edited crops can cut pesticide use—if environmental activists do not block them

Anti-GMO activists should take a step back and look closely at some of the benefits that new genetically modified crops ...
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Viewpoint: Organic industry anti-pesticide ‘propaganda’ threatens to cripple American agriculture

Misleading half-truths and outright misstatements offer a teaching moment about “advocacy research.” ...
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EPA plan to end animal testing by 2035 pits environmental groups against animal rights activists

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced .... that it will stop conducting or funding studies on ...
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Can indoor farming surmount agriculture’s biggest challenges?

A car park opposite the infamous New York City housing estate where rapper Jay-Z grew up seems an unlikely place ...
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