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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 ...
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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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