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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 ...
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GMO corn could be key to controlling invasive fall armyworm pest in Asia

[T]he fall armyworm, an invasive crop pest .... has now been officially confirmed for the first time on the Asian ...
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Growing GMO soybeans in South America cut greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 3.3 million cars from the road

This study assesses the economic and environmental impacts that have arisen from the adoption and use of genetically modified (GM) ...
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Farmers consider a world without glyphosate—and it’s less than ideal

"More glufosinate, maybe more paraquat." "I would have to find a different burn down chemical, likely paraquat. Would use more ...
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No link between increased pesticide use and childhood cancer, study suggests

Like the word "chemical," the word "pesticide" has been hijacked and then unfairly demonized. Scientists use the word pesticide to refer to ...
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Organic Times: New satire site takes Onion-like look at crop biotechnology activists

Agriculture is a serious topic. While farmers in the developing world struggle to save their crops from pest invasions and ...
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Viewpoint: FDA gives organic food marketers a pass on deceptive labeling—at consumer expense

[W]hen it comes to the $47-billion-a-year organic industry, the FDA gives a complete pass to blatantly false and deceptive advertising ...
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Regulators reverse Obama-era ban on GMOs, neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife refuges

The Interior Department announced plans [August 3rd] to reverse a rule that banned the use of pesticides in national wildlife ...
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Chemical giant Bayer challenging Europe’s neonicotinoids ban

Bayer will appeal...the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union (EU) to ban neonicotinoids. [T]he German multinational pharmaceutical company ...
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Stubborn fall armyworm emerging as serious threat to African farms

The onset of the long rain season (March-June) in Kenya usually brings hope, especially to rural smallholder farmers who prepare their lands ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no one ‘butterfly-killing bogeyman’ to blame for declining monarch populations

“When you look at the 25-year trend, it seems quite dire,” [Anurag] Agrawal, a Cornell University professor of ecology and ...
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Viewpoint: Neonicotinoid use on field crops should be reined in

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating ...
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Viewpoint: US EPA rebuffs activist lobbying, finds neonicotinoids not key driver of bee health problems

In The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law, I described the many elements of corruption that ...
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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Far more toxic than glyphosate: Copper sulfate, used by organic and conventional farmers, cruises to European reauthorization

Over the past months, the European Union and several member nations have vigorously debated re-authorizing glyphosate, the herbicide maligned by ...
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Plagued by pest, African farmers may soon have access to insect-resistant GMO cowpeas—for free

US government funding and royalty-free Bt technology from Monsanto will enable West African countries to provide farmers with free cowpea ...
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Banning glyphosate: France may replace well-tested herbicide with pelargonic and other more toxic ‘natural’ chemicals

Activists say glyphosate can be replaced with natural herbicides—but "natural" doesn't necessarily mean that they're safer or better for the ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Many of the arguments made by organic supporters and GMO critics aren't supported by science. That combination can have harmful ...
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Conventional agriculture holds multiple ecological advantages over organic, analysis shows

Conventional farming outperforms organic in several key measures -- particularly crop yield, according to a meta analysis of 164 research ...
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GMO that’s not all GMO: Monsanto’s rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

The EPA's relatively quick approval of a new Monsanto seed trait drew criticism from anti-GMO groups that complained about a ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO online series promotes fear and ‘less sustainable’ farming

Works like the recently released "GMOs Revealed" are making it more difficult for new agricultural techniques to gain widespread acceptance ...
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Viewpoint: Activists push glyphosate cancer scare as proxy to limit use of genetically engineered crops

Monsanto pediatrician and toxicologist Dan Goldstein: As the glyphosate-cancer debate has grown louder, it's become less scientific ...
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Harmful, beneficial or no effect? Flawed European bees and neonicotinoids study could be misused to support ban

A widely-discussed 3-country study showed no clear impact of neonics on bees. Why did the authors appear to explain away ...
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