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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Viewpoint: With Conservative sweep of the ‘Brexit election’, Boris Johnson poised to steer the UK out of ‘outdated’ EU GMO, CRISPR regulations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Going to national media with unpublished sensationalist claims is not without consequences ...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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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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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 environmental advocates and the media get the science about the ‘bee-apocalypse’ 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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