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Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Bt insect toxin in GM crops ‘has no negative effects on honey bees,’ study confirms

Cry78Ba1 is Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bacillales: Bacillaceae) (Bt) protein found with high insecticidal activity against the piercing–sucking insect Laodelphax striatellus Fallén (Homoptera: ...
Viewpoint: ‘Misguided enthusiasm’ to save honeybees threatens wild pollinators

Viewpoint: ‘Misguided enthusiasm’ to save honeybees threatens wild pollinators

The rise in hobby beekeeping, now a trendy activity for hundreds of thousands of Americans, followed strong awareness campaigns to “save the bees.” ...
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Viewpoint: Swayed by anti-GMO groups, biotech pioneer Mexico lurches toward GM crop ban

“There is currently enough food in the world to feed 10 billion people,” writes the anti-GMO environmental group Green America ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s pro-organic Farm to Fork policy will ‘cripple’ an already inefficient agriculture system

The EU’s “Farm to fork (F2F) strategy”  announced in May, is “the heart of the “Green Deal,” a kind of ...
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European countries can ban pesticides even if approved by EU, continent’s highest court rules

Europe’s highest court [European Court of Justice, ECJ] has concluded that member states have the right to ban pesticides even ...
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France poised to suspend neonics pesticide ban to help farmers, over objections from Greenpeace

French lawmakers on Tuesday (6 October) approved a draft bill allowing sugar beet growers to use pesticides that are banned ...
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Neonicotinoids pesticide ban decimates UK canola yields—encouraging imports of neonics-treated canola

UK oilseed rape yields and crop area have declined dramatically after a year of extreme weather and uncontrollable crop decimation ...
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‘More harm than good’: How well-meaning urban beekeepers can jeopardize wild colonies

Urban beekeeping has grown so trendy that it may be doing more harm than good — with the practice becoming ...
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Dream Bank: Analysis of 38,000 dreams yield fresh insights

In the largest digital dream study so far, researchers at Cambridge University’s Nokia Bell Labs in the U.K. recently created ...
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Self-limiting ‘Friendly’ technology offers hope for controlling fall armyworm without pesticides

Oxitec, the Oxford University spinoff company that produces environmentally-friendly insect control solutions, [September 24] announced a collaboration with the life ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Toxic-free EU’? Why Europe’s naive Green Deal is scientifically illiterate and could cripple innovation for years to come

July is usually a good month for environmental activism in Europe. Many people are on holiday and nobody feels like ...
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Glyphosate-tainted honey? New Zealand honey industry rejects ‘sensationalized’ coverage of pesticide safety report

The New Zealand honey industry has refuted recent claims of its products being unsafe for consumption in the wake of ...
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Viewpoint: Mexican government undermining science and agriculture

Over the last two years, the Mexican government led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who goes by his initials, AMLO) ...
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Bees ‘scent trained’ to effectively pollinate sunflowers boost seed production up to 57%

Scientists in Argentina have trained honeybees to more effectively pollinate sunflowers — a method they believe can also be applied ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, dry weather threaten Europe’s ‘fragile’ sugar industry

The European Union is heading for a significant drop in sugar output this year after fields were devastated by pests ...
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Roundup glyphosate weedkiller responsible for the decline in Monarch butterflies? Media and advocacy groups badly misreport study

News reporting at its best should be nuanced. There are rarely 'black hats' and 'white hats' when it comes to ...
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Viewpoint: Research raises concerns about ‘ecosystem-wide impact’ of neonicotinoid pesticides

One of the main lessons that emerged from Silent Spring is that we overuse pesticides at our own peril because ...
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‘Ecocide’? Green groups blast France for lifting neonicotinoid pesticide ban to save sugar-beet growers

France has moved to reverse a ban on a class of pesticides only weeks after it came into force, reigniting ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides probably not driving monarch butterfly declines, study finds

The long-term decline of monarch butterflies has been attributed to loss of their milkweed (Asclepias sp.) host-plants after the introduction ...
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Monarch butterflies avoid pesticide-treated milkweed to limit chemical exposure

Hundreds of recent studies have voiced concern over the negative impacts of non‐target pesticides on pollinator health. However, pesticide loads ...
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Socialist EU Parliament member urges regulators to block neonicotinoid pesticide use in France

French Socialist MEP Eric Andrieu says he has written to the European Commission to ask for the suspension of a ...
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Study challenges prior research blaming decline of monarch butterflies on deaths during annual migration

A new study suggests that extensive agricultural use of glyphosate herbicide is to blame for the decades-long decline in North ...
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Viewpoint: When politics and emotion dictate pesticide safety rules, farmers lose

What happens when science is overwhelmed by politics, rhetoric, emotions, and the vessels now used to perpetuate it — social ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, drought could cut French sugar beet yields 30-50 percent, USDA finds

France is the largest producer of sugar beets in Europe growing just over 30 percent of EU27+UK's production in ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bird apocalypse’? Study wrongly blames neonicotinoid pesticides for declining bird biodiversity

Though periodic deaths of bees continue to happen, and have been documented for as long as records of bees have ...
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‘No change in insect population sizes’: Massive North American study challenges ‘insect apocalypse’ claims

In recent years, the notion of an insect apocalypse has become a hot topic in the conservation science community and has ...
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France poised to lift neonicotinoid insecticide ban to save pest-ravaged sugar beet industry

The French government is planning to lift a blanket ban on the use of neonicotinoids to help save its sugar ...