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US GMO crop cultivation accelerates as farmers gain access to more biotech seeds

[Editor's note: GMO crops were widely adopted by US farmers after their initial approval in 1996. According to a new ...
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Viewpoint: Irrational pesticide fears discourage produce consumption and increase cancer risk

Fostering fear doesn't help us eat healthier ...
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Waterhemp weed uses genetic ‘tricks’ to outsmart herbicides, threatening farmers’ crop yields

The weed that represents the biggest threat to Midwestern corn and soybean production, waterhemp, has outsmarted almost every kind of ...
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Africa needs pest-resistant crops and other biology-based solutions to crack down on fall armyworm

Most Malawians, 80 per cent of the population, are subsistence farmers, depending on agriculture for survival. After harvesting, many farmers ...
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Coffee of the future? Lab-made ‘molecular’ version might feed the world’s caffeine habit while sparing the environment

The coronavirus pandemic has led to many shifts in how we eat, but our collective coffee habit remains strong. As ...
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Cumulative pesticide exposure poses little risk to consumers, EU food safety officials find

Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number ...
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Pesticide-spraying drones accelerate sustainable farming as governments relax regulations

Move over dogs – drones are a farmer’s new best friend! In just a few years there’s been a huge ...
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This health writer used to fear the ‘Dirty Dozen.’ Here’s why she quit worrying about pesticides on food

I have a confession: My shopping and eating habits have been influenced by the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists ...
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95.5% of Europe’s produce below legal pesticide limits, posing little risk to consumers, food safety officials say

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based ...
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Podcast: With honeybees no longer abandoning their colonies, deadly Varroa destructor mite now biggest threat to bee health

University of Maryland entomologist Samuel Ramsey sits down with NPR's Maddie Sofia to discuss how America's honeybees are faring in ...
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Low-toxicity pesticide tricks fungi into ‘committing suicide’, safeguarding key food crops from disease

Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security. Currently, we protect our crops against fungal disease ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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Locust invasion has jeopardized the livelihoods of 20 million Africans—now a second wave is coming

Billions of desert locusts have swept across east Africa, threatening the livelihoods of more than 20 million people. Now a ...
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Fact checking COVID-19 Facebook posts: Philippines, Sri Lanka aren’t killing coronavirus with aerial pesticide spraying

Purported advisories urging residents to stay indoors while national air force helicopters spray disinfectant over homes to kill off the ...
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Ultraviolet irradiation could kill mold on strawberries, cutting fungicide use and food waste

How many times have you purchased a package of beautiful, red, ripe strawberries from the grocery store only to have ...
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Viewpoint: Can pesticides on produce harm you? Not even if you ate 3,624 strawberries in one day

I am a registered dietitian who believes that any form of fruits and vegetables are healthy – organic or conventional ...
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Viewpoint: Activist campaign against synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and GMOs a pending ‘disaster’ for our food supply

‘Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.’ Those were ...
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Next-generation insect-resistant crops could beat back pests farmers can’t control with chemicals

To compensate for plant’s reduced defenses, farmers have used insecticides or pesticides to control pests and kill those which attack ...
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No, we aren’t losing all of our honeybees. And neonicotinoid seed coatings aren’t driving their health problems—here’s why

The meme targeting neonics with the not-all-that vulnerable honeybee as their symbol is a powerful fund-raising tool for activists ...
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From hunger to profitable harvest: How GMO, CRISPR-edited plants can help curb $220 billion in annual crop losses

Innovations in plant genetics are inoculating vital food crops against devastating diseases ...
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Environmental groups say new EPA pesticide approval rules threaten endangered species

The US Environmental Protection Agency is changing how it evaluates the risks of pesticides to endangered species. Rather than rely ...
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EU neonic insecticide ban cut UK canola production from 1.8 million acres to 1.3 million annually

In 2012, U.K. farmers seeded about 1.8 million acres of oilseed rape [canola]. But over the last eight years, acreage ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Anti-insecticide crusade’ threatens food security of 20 million people as locusts swarm across East Africa

A plague of locusts has hit Africa. Massive swarms are devouring crops and other vegetation in their path, imperiling millions ...
As France phases out common pesticides, regulator says farmers still need crop chemicals to control new plant diseases

As France phases out common pesticides, regulator says farmers still need crop chemicals to control new plant diseases

France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it ...
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Viewpoint: We can sustainably feed 10 billion people. Here’s how CRISPR and GMO crops can help

If adopted widely, genetic engineering will bring us closer to meeting the EAT-Lancet dietary targets ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s paranoid fear of chemicals fueled by disinterest in learning

In a season of resolutions, a site like [European Scientist] has one hope: that the 2020s will be the decade ...
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Public views pesticides as ‘bad industrial chemicals’. Here’s how farmers can turn that fear into support for sustainable farming

The online conversation around pesticides is expected to explode by 212 percent over the next two years, despite the fact ...
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Podcast: ‘There’s no safe level of pesticides’? ‘Don’t eat what you can’t pronounce’? Food Science Babe takes on popular nutrition tropes

“Don’t eat what you can’t pronounce… Synthetic chemicals are more dangerous than natural chemicals… Chemicals in food are killing us… ...