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Organic fungicide copper sulfate poses dangers to humans, animals, insects—how does it compare to conventional pesticides?

Organic fungicide copper sulfate poses dangers to humans, animals, insects—how does it compare to conventional pesticides?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
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Video: How accurate is Non-GMO Project’s butterfly label?

Make no mistake, the Non-GMO Project isn't here to sell you safer food, they're just here to make money on ...
Is organic produce hazardous to your health?

Is organic produce hazardous to your health?

We’ve all heard the reports. Toxic organic pesticides cause problems for the environment. Organic pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s Disease, mass bee deaths, and ...
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UK neonicotinoid ban invites spread of deadly virus yellows disease, sugar beet farmers warn

When I was elected to the role of NFU Sugar vice-chairman, it was foremost in my mind that every grower’s ...
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Replacing neonicotinoid pesticides is no easy task, Canadian farmers say

In 2015, the Canadian province [Ontario] instituted regulations requiring farmers to prove they have soil pest populations in corn and ...
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Viewpoint: Why we have to fight for what biotechnology can offer us

“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” That’s how fictional star ship captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek orders his tea, 300 years ...
Video: How 'turning down' gene expression in pests can help protect crops and bees

Video: How ‘turning down’ gene expression in pests can help protect crops and bees

In this video, CropLife International scientist Greg Heck discusses how researchers are using RNA interference (RNAi) to turn off or ...
Non-GMO Project logo not only deceives, it ironically features a genetically modified butterfly, scientist claims

Non-GMO Project logo not only deceives, it ironically features a genetically modified butterfly, scientist claims

Perhaps no group is more in the spotlight on the topic of labeling than The Non-GMO Project, whose monarch butterfly logo ...
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Optical illusions and why neural networks can’t seem to figure them out

[Optical illusions] are interesting because they provide insight into the nature of the visual system and perception. So ways of ...
Robot farmers: 'This is the revolution'

Robot farmers: ‘This is the revolution’

In a quiet corner of rural Hampshire, a robot called Rachel is pootling around an overgrown field. With bright orange ...
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Viewpoint: Europe has traded crop biotechnology for ‘faith-based’ agroecology

We are living in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming ...
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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 ...
New USDA research shows honey bee numbers stable—and probably growing

New USDA research shows honey bee numbers stable—and probably growing

In 2006, large and mysterious losses of honey bee colonies led entomologists to classify a set of diagnostic symptoms as ...
'Gold standard' assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues

‘Gold standard’ assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues

Some lab studies but almost no field ones suggest neonicotinoid pesticides are harming bee health. Why is there such a ...
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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 ...
Beet production drops, plant diseases threaten comeback following EU's neonicotinoid ban, farmers say

Beet production drops, plant diseases threaten comeback following EU’s neonicotinoid ban, farmers say

Two weeks after Acor started the new beet reception campaign at the milling plant in Olmedo (Valladolid), field inspections continue ...
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Environmental groups ‘hijack’ bee death narrative to push political agenda, citrus farmer says

As we enter the fall months, it is safe to say the 2017-18 California citrus crop year was a success ...
Mushrooms protect honey bee from disease-carrying Varroa mite, study shows

Mushrooms protect honey bee from disease-carrying Varroa mite, study shows

It’s not easy being a bee these days. Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee, is crucial to agriculture worldwide but faces ...
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Canada’s suspect move to phase out neonicotinoids to ‘protect bees’ sets stage for US regulatory battle

Canada’s PMRA—its environmental regulatory agency, part of HealthCanada—rolled out for public comment its tentative decision to phase out almost all ...
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Sunflower pollen may protect bees from deadly diseases

[A] new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees access to ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Viewpoint: New glyphosate study suggesting danger to honeybee microbiota is detailed, sophisticated—and wrong

Erick Motta and colleagues at the University of Hawaii just published a paper in PNAS entitled "Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees." ...
Non-GMO Project says proposed ban of its butterfly label violates First Amendment

Non-GMO Project says proposed ban of its butterfly label violates First Amendment

A citizen petition filed on September 24, 2018 by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) asked FDA to prohibit “non-GMO” food ...
What CRISPR gene editing has taught us about the GMO debate

What CRISPR gene editing has taught us about the GMO debate

After decades of special interest groups raising unwarranted fears and misrepresenting every aspect of so-called “GMOs”, opponents of innovation in ...
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Record-high yields suggest climate change no threat to coffee production

For roughly the last two years, the media has been warning us that climate change is threatening the world's supply ...
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Dogs trained to sniff out bacterial diseases could protect bee populations

A new approach in the fight against American foulbrood – a disease effecting beehives across the world – is the ...
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Biotech researchers petition FDA to ban ‘deceptive’ Non-GMO Project butterfly logo

The most authoritative science and technology think tank in the United States has filed a petition against the Non-GMO Project’s ...
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France’s neonicotinoid ban a ‘dead end’ for farmers who need to fight pests

The ban on the use of neonicotinoids as of September 1, 2018 is leading to agronomic dead ends for many ...