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Podcast: Pesticides prevent cancer. Growing drugs in GMO plants; battling diabetes with CRISPR

Rapid advances in biotechnology could help prevent hundreds of thousands of diabetes deaths every year. Growing drugs in GMO plants ...
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Biotech rice cuts pesticide and energy use compared to non-GMO counterpart, study finds

The release of environmental emissions, which partly emanates from the application of chemical inputs, is a major global concern. Planting ...
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GMO and gene-edited biofortified crops weaken 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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Plant ‘probiotics’: Feeding crops good bacteria may prevent pest damage without chemicals

Scientists have developed plant ‘probiotics’ that help fight disease without the use of expensive pesticides. UK researchers say beneficial bacteria ...
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India battles locust infestation that could destroy enough food to feed 35,000 people—every day

Massive swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, spearing into Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab ...
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France reinstates ban on US cherry imports over pesticide safety fears

On April 8, 2020 France published its fifth emergency decree banning fresh cherry imports from countries where the use of ...
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Viewpoint: Greenpeace lobbies to ban fungicides that kill cancer-causing mycotoxins

A vast network of organizations, including known players such as Greenpeace, are throwing a myriad of unscientific publications at the ...
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Viewpoint: California pesticide regulation battle highlights influence of politically connected activist groups

[California] Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for strong regulatory enforcement to “protect children from pesticide exposure” in a new directive ...
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EU Food Safety Authority defends pesticide risk studies activists call ‘unfit for purpose’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of its two pilot assessments on the risks posed to ...
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Viewpoint: Modern ‘post-truth’ politics ignores sustainability benefits of GMOs and pesticides

As Africa shows, locust plagues can be devastating for food security, and climate science enables us to detect that certain ...
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US government launches GMO website, may allow GM crops in some wildlife refuges

While much of the United States government’s recent activity has focused on COVID-19, some agencies are continuing their work in ...
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Precision (plant) medicine: Biotech drug delivery system fights diseases pesticides can’t control

A new method developed by engineers at MIT may offer a starting point for delivering life-saving treatments to plants ravaged ...
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Can a novel ‘genetic’ pesticide knock out citrus greening disease before it devastates US orange groves?

[Citrus greening] disease has already decimated citrus groves in the other major citrus-producing states of Florida, California and Texas. According ...
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Without steady supply of pesticides, Africa faces food security ‘disaster’ caused by resurgent locust swarms

The locust is considered the most deadly migratory parasite and a single swarm covering a square kilometer can be made ...
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Woman charged for allegedly selling illegal pesticides on eBay she claimed would kill coronavirus

A Georgia woman made her initial appearance on federal charges of illegally importing and selling an unregistered pesticide, Toamit Virus ...
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Viewpoint: Africa’s battle against locust swarms exposes folly of fearing pesticides and GMOs

Europeans are panic-buying in the supermarkets around the continent .... The retailers are being overrun, but the only real shortage ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus and food safety; debunking the ‘Dirty Dozen’; COVID-19 cure worse than the disease?

As the world takes unprecedented measures to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, some commentators argue 'the cure is worse than the ...
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Can we immunize our food supply the same way we combat deadly diseases with vaccines?

In 16th century China, physicians found that inoculating healthy individuals with pus or dried scabs from someone infected with smallpox, ...
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Viewpoint: Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ produce list stokes pesticide fears in an ‘already anxiety-ridden world’

Each year, the pro-organic think tank Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its 'Dirty Dozen,' a list of fruits and vegetables ...
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Opposition to EPA re-approval of Bayer, BASF dicamba herbicides mounts as widespread crop damage continues

Decisions made in the next year will be critical for the future use of the herbicide dicamba, a weed killer ...
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As more states try to ban chlorpyrifos insecticides, small chemical firms boost production to meet farmer demand

Smaller players in the pesticide industry are angling to take advantage of a new and perhaps finite window to sell ...
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Viewpoint: Unprecedented abundance obscures the ‘profound’ public health benefits of pesticide use

Our greatest public health challenge isn’t chemicals -- it's ignorance and fear-mongering about them ...
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Podcast: How to build a coronavirus; alcohol doesn’t shrink your brain; and locusts threaten famine in East Africa

Kevin Folta and Cameron English break down four of the latest headlines from the world of genetics and biotech ...
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Agricultural effects of Coronavirus: China’s industry slowdown threatens US access to pesticides and fertilizers

The ripple effect of the Coronavirus in China is being reported in the supply of active ingredients and fertilizers. Exactly ...
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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 ...