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In a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumblebee queens. Led by Hollis Woodard, an assistant professor of entomology, the team found that exposure to a widely used...
Some politicians spoke “loudly” against glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, before their elections but came back to reality later on, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Some politicians spoke loudly before the election proposing to immediately ban glyphosate, but after the election,...
| | June 11, 2018
Welp, this is the end of Monsanto. Not the end of the seed company, mind you, but the end of its name. The scientists, marketers, and lawyers who work there will keep doing their jobs, they’ll just be employed by Bayer, the big German chemical and pharmaceuticals company that’s slowly...
The fate of two neonicotinoid seed treatments, applied to almost all of the canola and corn seeds in Canada and a portion of the soybean seeds, will be decided this summer. For the last 18 months Health Canada has been studying neonicotinoid insecticides and assessing the risk to aquatic insects....
Following the partial neonicotinoid ban on flowering crops in 2013, the latest restriction which was voted on earlier this year, will prevent the use of three neonicotoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – on all outdoor crops. ... In 2018, 99 per cent of UK sugar beet crops were protected...
Apart from the inherent scientific complexity, the glyphosate case illustrates a fundamental societal issue. The mere fact that the European Citizens' Initiative attracted so many adherents is indicative of a wide societal aversion to the massive increase in the production of chemicals and their use in pesticide-based agricultural mass production....
| | June 5, 2018
Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly argued letter published in the journal Science. The scientists, led by Davie Goulson from the University of Sussex in the UK, say that neonicotinoids – a family of neuro-active insecticides first developed...
| | June 4, 2018
Health Canada is sticking with its proposal to phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of a common pesticide, even though a recent study found bees are only affected by the substance in certain circumstances. The recommendation comes the same day as more than 200 scientists published an open letter in...
Much to the dismay of anti-GMO activists, courts around the world including SCOTUS have consistently upheld the rights of companies to patent seeds--a practice going back to the first half of the 20th century when hybrid seeds were pioneered. Should that legal position be reconsidered?
Like my younger self, most Canadians are unaware of the vast diversity of bee species we have in Canada and are mostly familiar with the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), a non-native species introduced to Canada to provide a sweetener for early settlers. In fact, Canada has more than 800 species...
| | May 25, 2018
Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the scientist leading an annual survey on the insects. U.S. beekeepers said 40 percent of their hives, also called colonies, died...
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.
This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms. In this installment, we look at the common claim that organic farms actually use more pesticides and more dangerous pesticides through the lens of a few simple observations and talking...
| | May 18, 2018
A top European Union court upheld on Thursday (17 May) the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, dismissing cases brought by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta. “The General Court confirms the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 against the insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam...
A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed by Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants on grounds that more field trials are needed to ascertain its impact on honey bees, soil microbial diversity and honey....
| | May 15, 2018
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 evidence of harm to bees exposed to the chemicals, entrenches a temporary moratorium the EU placed on them back in 2013. Here in the United States, use of neonicotinoids continues...
he US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a game changer for a sector long dominated by a handful of companies armed with massive research and development budgets. High regulatory hurdles imposed on GMO crops – those developed through...
New pesticides are typically licensed for use based on the guidance written on the label of the container. This guidance is constructed from efficacy and safety testing conducted in specific circumstances, but which cannot simulate all the conditions encountered by users. As demand for a new pesticide increases, growers develop...
In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of fertilization and instead only serve to block or attack sperm from rival males potentially present inside the female. These "kamikaze" sperm probably also exist in other primates as well as...

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Activists, farmers link GMOs to use of neonic pesticide, claim bees endangered

Activists, farmers link GMOs to use of neonic pesticide, claim bees endangered

Today, genetically engineered crops dominate agriculture, and two-thirds of the world’s cropland gets a regular dose of neonicotinoids, including 90 ...
Making friends with Frankenfood: What critics, supporters miss in conversation over GMOs

Making friends with Frankenfood: What critics, supporters miss in conversation over GMOs

What does a left-leaning, holistic food embracing American woman think about the increasingly rancorous debate over GMOs? Maybe there is ...
Whole Foods GMO labeling support designed to pump profits, not inform

Whole Foods GMO labeling support designed to pump profits, not inform

A label like that of the Non-GMO Project is uniquely effective at making GMOs seem scary. It highlights—and exaggerates—the prevalence of ...
National Academy of Sciences convenes panel to re-evaluate GMOs

National Academy of Sciences convenes panel to re-evaluate GMOs

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is embarking on a comprehensive study of genetically engineered (GE) crops. It will examine the historic development of ...

NaturalNews endorses GMOs as solution to bee crisis

Here we go again, folks. Recently Natural News published an article titled “New, all-natural pesticide unveiled by scientists – and ...
Activists seek endangered status for monarch butterflies, blame pesticides and GMOs

Activists seek endangered status for monarch butterflies, blame pesticides and GMOs

As monarch butterfly populations dwindle to unprecedented low levels, activists say the colorful and far-ranging insects need protection of the ...

My garden is organic and I grow GMOs

Enter by the wooden gate, you'll find a lush vegetable garden with red veined chard, green cabbages, spicy arugula, bright ...

Activists blame GMOs and pesticides for monarch butterfly decline in west

As monarch butterfly populations dwindle to unprecedented low levels, activists say the colorful and far-ranging insects need protection of the ...

GMOs cannot be contained, endanger bees

When you boil them down, fights over what we eat — whether it's the antibiotics in livestock, or taxes on soda ...

No shortage of food globally, but inequity in distribution

I don’t think there is a food shortage at all. There is food inequity, but no shortage. The problem is not ...
Does Nicholas Wade's 'A Troublesome Inheritance' focus on 'race' inaccurately portray human differences?

Does Nicholas Wade’s ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ focus on ‘race’ inaccurately portray human differences?

A new book by Nicholas Wade is being condemned by scientists, who claim that it paints a false picture of ...
Wildlife refuges to phase out GM crops and neonicotinoid pesticides by Jan 2016

Wildlife refuges to phase out GM crops and neonicotinoid pesticides by Jan 2016

National wildlife refuges around the country are phasing out genetically modified crops and a class of pesticides related to nicotine ...

Butterflies evolve at amazingly fast rate to adapt to environment

A team of researchers who bred a species of brown African butterfly in the lab were shocked to discover that ...
GMOs could save honeybees by eliminating virus and mites

GMOs could save honeybees by eliminating virus and mites

President Obama has made saving pollinators a top priority, announcing the assembly of a task force designated to saving the ...
Organic farmer: Don’t ban neonics but put aside simplistic view of harmless of pesticides

Organic farmer: Don’t ban neonics but put aside simplistic view of harmless of pesticides

While neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) may have some dire potential for health problems, there's little evidence to suggest that a neonic ...
Transgenic, sex-swapped algae reveal potential genetic 'master switch' in evolution of the sexes

Transgenic, sex-swapped algae reveal potential genetic ‘master switch’ in evolution of the sexes

An experiment in making sex-swapped algae has unveiled a genetic "master switch" in the evolution of sex differences, one of ...

Widespread GM crop adoption created ‘agricultural desert,’ starving honeybees

The life of honeybees in the United States used to be much simpler, but now beekeepers are navigating a gauntlet ...
Strawberries and lawsuits: Future of favorite fruit hinges on intellectual property

Strawberries and lawsuits: Future of favorite fruit hinges on intellectual property

When one of the world's foremost strawberry breeders decided to leave UC Davis, it sparked a controversy culminating in a ...

Dietician’s concerns over GMOs prompt embrace of organic foods

As a dietitian, I rarely recommend anything to a client that I wouldn't do myself. So when it came to ...

Genetics of sex get some special attention

Sex is everywhere in nature. Whether it’s a male bird singing to mark his territory or a tiny yeast cell ...

Scientific articles counter common misconceptions on Internet condemning GMOs

A member of Skepti-Forum, Ethan Kessler, provides links to several scientific studies countering many of the common misconceptions we often ...

Monarch butterfly decline linked loss of milkweed: Are GMO crops to blame?

The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S ...
There is no 'bee armageddon': Misguided neonics ban threatens honeybees and farming

There is no ‘bee armageddon’: Misguided neonics ban threatens honeybees and farming

European Union instituted a precautionary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides before actually examining beehives. European farmers, faced with the ban, are ...

First avian pollinator discovered: 47 million years old

The discovery, uncovered in Germany's fossil-rich Messel Pit, reveals a three-inch-long (eight-centimeter) bird—about the size of a hummingbird you see ...

Gene variations cause spiny sea bass to look dramatically different as babies and adults

Among divers and marine biologists, it’s common knowledge that ocean fish lead double lives. Like birds and butterflies, their young ...

Organic apple growers not threatened by GE apples but impractical re-defining of genetic ‘contamination’ in organic standards

There is an interesting new "GMO" apple nearing approval in the US and in Canada called the "Arctic Apple." Certain ...

Honeybees and monarch butterflies on decline but GMOs are not to blame

Both honeybees and monarch butterflies are on the decline, and scientists have yet to figure out exactly why. Many critics are ...
Should consumers be concerned about the healthfulness of the non-browning GMO Arctic Apple?

Should consumers be concerned about the healthfulness of the non-browning GMO Arctic Apple?

Non-browning apples are likely to be the next genetically modified food approved for sale--which has some people jittery. What's the ...

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