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Life as a corn plant is SCARY—Farmers and environmentalists embrace GM Bt corn to ward off pests

Life as a corn plant is SCARY—Farmers and environmentalists embrace GM Bt corn to ward off pests

''Why do you grow Bt corn?'' Dave Walton answers the question and delves deeper into the reasons of why a ...

Single gene controls butterfly wing pattern

Female Common Mormon butterflies (Papilio polytes) are a varied lot. Some look like the black-and-white males, but others mimic the ...
He said/She said: Are GMO "secrets" just inconvenient truths?

He said/She said: Are GMO “secrets” just inconvenient truths?

Well know activist-author Robyn O'Brien's recent post on the Huffington Post's Food for Thought blog, slams GMOs in nine points ...
From GMOs to neonics, what's causing bee deaths?

From GMOs to neonics, what’s causing bee deaths?

An upsurge in reported bee deaths--often referred to incorrectly as Colony Collapse Disorder--has led to concerns that GMOs and/or a ...

Activists claim GM crops exacerbating Monarch butterfly decline

The number of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in ...
Florida oranges may need rethink on use of GMOs, neonicotinoids to survive

Florida oranges may need rethink on use of GMOs, neonicotinoids to survive

Oranges and orange juice in the U.S. are under threat from a lethal, incurable bacterial infection known as "citrus greening," ...

GM crops could help to solve the problem of over-fishing

One of the thornier questions we face is how to feed a global population heading towards 10 billion and beyond ...

Breakthrough in bee sex determination gives new insight into human genetics

Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.... Remember that old Jewel ...
Were insects pollinating 100 million years ago? Ancient plants found in amber suggest so

Were insects pollinating 100 million years ago? Ancient plants found in amber suggest so

Scientists recently discovered a 100-million-year-old piece of amber, which revealed the oldest evidence yet of sexual reproduction in a flowering ...
Jeffrey Smith’s claim of rampant GMO/gluten allergies rebuked by Celiac Disease Foundation

Jeffrey Smith’s claim of rampant GMO/gluten allergies rebuked by Celiac Disease Foundation

A recent report by anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith claims that GMOs can be blamed for the rise of gluten-sensitivity disorders, ...
With just a few genetic changes, new species are able to evolve

With just a few genetic changes, new species are able to evolve

By analyzing two closely related species of butterflies, scientists at the University of Chicago have found that it only takes ...
Your allergies may save your life

Your allergies may save your life

According to new research, allergies may have evolved in order to save lives by forcing sufferers to reject and expel ...

Tiny genetic differences spin out new species in literal butterfly effect

A new study from the University of Chicago finds it’s genetically easier to spin off into a new species than ...

DNA suggests dinosaur extinction event also wiped out ancient bees

The ancestors of modern carpenter bees may have vanished from Earth roughly 65 million years ago, around the same time ...
Study demonstrates net environmental benefit of GM crops

Study demonstrates net environmental benefit of GM crops

Touting the environmental friendliness of insect-resistant, GM crops — demonstrated in a new study on Bt corn -- may be a ...
"There is no bee crisis," environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg says

“There is no bee crisis,” environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg says

Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no “bee-pocalypse.” There is lots of alarmist talk about colony collapse ...
Protecting farmers, consumers and crops through genetic engineering

Protecting farmers, consumers and crops through genetic engineering

Crops engineered to produce Bt, a pest-killing toxin, have been shown to decrease the use of noxious chemical insecticides; however ...

Syngenta to take a continent to court to upend pesticide ban

Syngenta is preparing to spray its lawyerly might all over Europe in a bid to be allowed to keep killing ...

“We need a holistic approach to bee health challenges”

Bee health has been the subject of much media attention over the last year — and rightly so. Bees are ...

EU group claiming “hidden GMO” sunflowers killing bees

New alert in Italy, were bees are dying on sunflower crops. Multiple cases of honeybee colony decline and neurological symptoms ...

A sperm bank for honeybees

There's a lot of buzz at Washington State University over work to develop the first sperm bank for honeybees. Entomologist ...
Egg donation: Some 'progressives' say women shouldn't control own bodies

Egg donation: Some ‘progressives’ say women shouldn’t control own bodies

When stem cell research and egg donation are the issue, some of the same diehard advocates of women’s rights invoke ...
Crops that can genetically modify their pests

Crops that can genetically modify their pests

Imagine a future in which genetically engineered plants are able to genetically engineer -- and thereby defeat -- their own ...

European bee policy criticized by industry

The new Guidance Document on Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees sets unrealistic expectations and enforces measures that ...

Canada: Challenges to bee health are complex, banning neonicotinoids is not the answer

The following is an edited excerpt. The complexity of the issues facing bee health is, unfortunately, too frequently being overlooked ...
Monsanto wants to help honeybees fight mites with biotech

Monsanto wants to help honeybees fight mites with biotech

A new weapon in that fight to save honeybees could be RNA molecules that kill a troublesome parasite by disrupting ...

Honey bee navigation gene identified

The following is an excerpt. In a new study, researchers report that a regulatory gene known to be involved in ...

Roundup-resistant bees seized in Illinois, sparking legal controversy

The following is an edited excerpt. The Illinois Ag Dept.  illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, ...