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Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show. The criticism that pesticides are a central environmental problem misses the big picture in agricultural sustainability and distracts from tackling global food insecurity.

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Viewpoint: The 4 Ps threaten bee health—parasites, poor nutrition, pathogens and pesticides

Viewpoint: The 4 Ps threaten bee health—parasites, poor nutrition, pathogens and pesticides

Experts believe that multiple factors must be at play in the bees’ plight. The main suspects are referred to as ...
A UK Farmer's Perspective: What are the Consequences for Sustainability and the Public When Biotechnology Innovations are Withheld?

A UK Farmer’s Perspective: What are the Consequences for Sustainability and the Public When Biotechnology Innovations are Withheld?

Jake Freestone, Farm Manager at Overbury Farms, West Midlands, United Kingdom | July 10, 2018 Highlights: European politicians bows to ...
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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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Bumblebees do better in cities than on farms, study finds

Cities are filled with buildings, people and concrete — usually not seen as the ideal place for anything wild but ...
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Global abstention from pesticides will lead to food shortages, Syngenta says

The world is likely to face food shortages within 20 years if pesticides and genetically modified crops are shunned, according ...
Viewpoint: US EPA rebuffs activist lobbying, finds neonicotinoids not key driver of bee health problems

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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Viewpoint: Pesticide bans and restrictions can have unwanted side-effects

Glyphosate, neonicotinoids, drinking water initiative – renouncing pesticides is currently the subject of fierce discussion. For while on the one ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s neonicotinoid ban is a ‘scientific fraud’ and won’t protect bees

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states ...
Why glyphosate and herbicide-tolerant GMO seeds aren't threats to bees

Why glyphosate and herbicide-tolerant GMO seeds aren’t threats to bees

Glyphosate is a herbicide, in other words, it is toxic to plants. Its target enzyme is not found in insects ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides negatively impact bumblebee queen health, lab study finds

In a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that ...
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EU food safety chief: Reelection—not reality—motivated Europe’s anti-glyphosate politicians

Some politicians spoke “loudly” against glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, before their elections but came back to reality ...
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R.I.P. Monsanto. Our hates will go on.

Welp, this is the end of Monsanto. Not the end of the seed company, mind you, but the end of ...
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Canada to decide on neonicotinoid restrictions this summer

The fate of two neonicotinoid seed treatments, applied to almost all of the canola and corn seeds in Canada and ...
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EU neonicotinoid ban could leave UK sugar beet farmers with no defense against virus

Following the partial neonicotinoid ban on flowering crops in 2013, the latest restriction which was voted on earlier this year, ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticide regulations should assess societal context, not just safety

Apart from the inherent scientific complexity, the glyphosate case illustrates a fundamental societal issue. The mere fact that the European ...
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233 scientists call on world’s governments to ‘greatly restrict’ use of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect biodiversity

Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly ...
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Health Canada sticks with phase out of neonicotinoid insecticides although its study finds impact on bees is limited

Health Canada is sticking with its proposal to phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of a common pesticide, even ...
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Dissecting claims about Monsanto suing farmers for accidentally planting patented seeds

Much to the dismay of anti-GMO activists, courts around the world including SCOTUS have consistently upheld the rights of companies ...
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Viewpoint: Protecting wild bees is about more than just food pollination

Like my younger self, most Canadians are unaware of the vast diversity of bee species we have in Canada and ...
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Bad weather to blame for recent uptick in US honeybee loses

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather ...
Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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EU Court of Justice upholds ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, dismissing cases by Bayer and Syngenta

A top European Union court upheld on Thursday (17 May) the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee ...
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Indian government committee says more field trials needed before GMO mustard commercialization

A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed ...
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Viewpoint: Why does US still use neonicotinoid insecticides when they’re banned in Europe?

In late April, the European Union banned a blockbuster trio of neonicotinoid insecticides, marketed by chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer. The decision, motivated by mounting ...
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USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a ...
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UK science advisor: Neonicotinoid debate highlights need to reform cycle of pesticide approvals and bans

New pesticides are typically licensed for use based on the guidance written on the label of the container. This guidance ...
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Reproductive warfare: Do infertile ‘kamikaze sperm’ thwart rival males?

In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of ...