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ORGANIC FARM

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 ...
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Viewpoint: Criticism of GMO crops in India is ‘deeply flawed’

A review article, “Modern technologies for sustainable food and nutrition security,” which appeared in the November 25 issue of the ...
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French regulators launch re-evaluation of glyphosate products

The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) is tightening [its] grip around the herbicide king [glyphosate]. On December 15, it will withdraw ...
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Podcast: GLP’s Jon Entine on the spread of ‘chemophobia’

Chemicals are used to grow, process, preserve and package our food, and are ubiquitous in many products and in our ...
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How western organic food companies are threatening China’s farmers

As Chinese consumers have prioritized food quality, imported organic products have soared in popularity, with some supermarkets following in the ...
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Viewpoint: FDA pesticide report should alleviate public fears of chemicals in food, but no one is listening

The International Food Information Council Foundation’s (IFIC) 2018 Food & Health survey identified carcinogens or cancer-causing chemicals in food as ...
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There are literally no more studies we can do to show glyphosate is safe, expert says

Several days ago I wrote a column about the wrong-headed claim that glyphosate is a carcinogen and the huge number of tort ...
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Costs and benefits need to be assessed in weighing bans on glyphosate and neonicotinoids

The continuing debates over whether the herbicide glyphosate or the insecticide class of neonicotinoids (neonics) could—or should—remain available for farmers ...
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Talking Biotech: Does LaCroix sparking water really contain cockroach insecticide?

Join Kevin Folta as he tackles recent concerns that LaCroix sparkling water contains cockroach-killing insecticides ...
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Viewpoint: Link between bee death and glyphosate still a ‘far-fetched’ story

Glyphosate is a herbicide, in other words, it is toxic to plants. Its target enzyme is not found in insects ...
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Why organic apple farmers spray their trees with insecticides 32 times on average during each growing season

A lot of people buy organic foods because they believe organic means free from chemicals and pesticides. But the truth ...
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Controversy emerges over proposed bill blocking local preemption of federal pesticide regulations

In the past three years, Irvine went from treating its parks .... with more than .... 60 gallons of synthetic ...
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Conflicting pesticide regulations may fuel needless food safety disputes

Since 1961, the Codex Alimentarius has provided a common set of standards for food safety, ranging from nutrition labeling to ...
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Mushroom-based biopesticides could cut environmental damage from synthetic chemicals

.... In the year 2012 — the last time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) published a report on the subject — chemical ...
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Famous chemist Bruce Ames a chemical ‘industry apologist,’ anti-GMO group claims

[The] Ames test .... is literally textbook science that is taught to students all over the world. .... It was ...
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Organic farming’s positive impact on bees may be ‘overestimated,’ new study suggests

Intensive agricultural landscapes can be hostile for bees due to a lack of floral and nesting resources, and due to ...
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EU politician says Parliament ‘misrepresents’ its own pesticide safety data

A conservative agricultural spokesperson, has spoken out against a report on pesticides which she says “misrepresents” the findings of the ...
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Ontario study: Some good news about glyphosate

These days we are exposed to a great deal of negative, one-sided and inaccurate information in the media and online ...
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Farmers say Europe’s neonicotinoid pesticide bans put their crops at risk

In April [2018], the EU introduced a ban on outdoor use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – ...
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Agricultural drones offer high-tech relief for struggling farms

The next generation farmhand in Japan's aging rural heartland may be a drone. For several months, developers and farmers in ...
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Resignation of French environmental minister could be a win for glyphosate supporters

The surprise announcement of the resignation of Nicolas Hulot .... is part of .... a series of .... big differences ...
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Lab-grown microbes could reduce agriculture’s dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers

There's a potentially huge technology risk on the horizon [for] fertilizer companies  ....  next-generation biotech products called microbials .... Microbials ...
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As Bayer absorbs ‘much loathed’ Monsanto, will consumers aim their anger at the aspirin maker?

The public seems to loathe Monsanto. A recent poll ranked the company among the 20 most hated in America (nearly every other name ...