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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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Funnel web spider venom kills a human in an hour—can we use it to battle deadly honeybee pests?

A bite from a funnel web spider delivers neurotoxins that can kill an adult in hours, or a child in ...
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The world faces ‘pollinator collapse’? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again

With neither the facts nor the science on their side, environmental advocacy groups are simply pounding the table ...
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Why 3 countries planted GMO Bt cotton and got ‘wildly different results’

Three countries used the same tactic to fight the same pest on the same crop, but they had wildly different ...
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Bayer sues former employee for allegedly sharing pesticide trade secrets with competitor

A former scientist at Bayer CropScience shared confidential information with his new employer, which was used to develop commercial biopesticide ...
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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: Why grow GMO crops? Because they cut pesticide use 37%

The development and utilization of GMOs is not well understood by most consumers, causing them to be susceptible to misleading ...
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State officials urge EPA to permit additional restrictions on controversial herbicide dicamba

The nation's state pesticide regulators are fighting back after EPA's recent announcement that it is considering limiting states' ability to ...
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Plant hormones help battle purple witchweed, major threat to sub-Saharan Africa’s staple crops

Striga hermonthica, also known as purple witchweed, is an invasive parasitic plant threatening sub-Saharan Africa's food production. Striga infects the region's staple ...
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Controversial weed killer dicamba could have outsized negative impact on consumer perceptions of pesticide safety

For better or worse, the widespread use of dicamba is pushing an entire industry to scrutinize how herbicides behave, how ...
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EU bans popular fungicide chlorothalonil, citing ‘high risk’ to amphibians, fish and bumblebees

One of the world’s most common pesticides will soon be banned by the European Union after safety officials reported human health and ...
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Oregon’s proposed neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions spark debate over necessity of pesticides

Two bills restricting certain pesticides [got hearings on March 26] in the Oregon legislature. Marie Bowers is a fifth generation ...
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5 farmer tips to avoid ‘fear-based’ food marketing at the grocery store

Whether you realize it or not, we are inundated with fear-based marketing labels every time we set foot in a ...
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Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: If you eat 18,615 servings of kale daily, pesticides still won’t harm your health

[On March 20] the Environmental Working Group (EWG) [released] their so-called “dirty dozen” list. Before covering or using this “list,” ...
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Video: How we fool ourselves into fearing our food—and how to stop

Pesticides, chemicals, cancer - the world is a scary place and our dinner plate even more so. Or so it ...
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Viewpoint: Farmers’ crops are failing, and Europe’s precautionary assault on neonicotinoid insecticides is to blame

Farmers will never forget the last five years of incompetence from the European Commission ...
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RNA-based pesticides are coming, but how will they affect the ecosystem?

New research shows how a new kind of genetically engineered pesticide moves through and degrades in the soil. This new generation ...
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‘Eco-friendly’ fungus capsules could help potato farmers fight destructive wireworm pest

An EU-funded INBIOSOIL project has developed a new, eco-friendly method to control wireworm in potatoes that can be used in ...
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Will Canada rethink its proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides?

Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may ...
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New Hampshire considers ban on pesticides some claim are toxic to bees

New Hampshire lawmakers on [February 12] will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic ...
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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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When it comes to food, pesticides and drugs, does ‘natural’ mean safer or healthier?

From a scientific point of view, an evaluation is done on a case by case basis, whether it is a ...
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Audio: New FDA pesticide residue study confirms America’s food supply is safe

The FDA recently released its annual Pesticide Residue Report. As pesticides are one of the things people worry most about, I ...
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Viewpoint: How the Organic Trade Association flunked Science 101—No, organics are not ‘chemical free’

I recently had an encounter on Twitter with the CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Laura Batcha. The OTA ...
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Over 99% of tested produce ‘well below’ pesticide safety limits, USDA study shows

More than 99% of [fruits and vegetable] samples tested in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program had residue ...
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UK farming minister says neonicotinoid ban has boosted pesticide use

[UK] Farming Minister George Eustice has admitted the recent ban on neonicotinoids has actually increased overall pesticide use. Mr Eustice made ...