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This mom and gardener doesn't fear glyphosate—and says we shouldn't either

This mom and gardener doesn’t fear glyphosate—and says we shouldn’t either

One of the perpetual battles I’m fighting these days is countering the misinformation about pesticides that gardeners like me responsibly ...
Mapped British honey bee genome could help safeguard hives against infectious disease

Mapped British honey bee genome could help safeguard hives against infectious disease

Efforts to protect the UK's native honey bees could be helped by research that maps their entire genetic make-up. Experts ...
Some wild bee populations are declining. What can we do about it?

Some wild bee populations are declining. What can we do about it?

In recent years, a significant amount of attention has been paid to the numerous threats that are facing the honeybee ...
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How The Non-GMO Project Is Adapting To A Gene-Edited World

the Non-GMO Project is a non-profit and non-governmental certifying organization created by the owners of two natural foods grocery stores ...
'Secret Ingredients': Expert says the latest anti-GMO 'shockumentary' is clever, provocative—and wrong

‘Secret Ingredients’: Expert says the latest anti-GMO ‘shockumentary’ is clever, provocative—and wrong

We’ve all see this in a science classroom or conference: The monotone reading from a prepared script, coupled with PowerPoint ...
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 ...
Audio: Greenpeace, UK farmers and chemical industry square off over neonicotinoid pesticide ban

Audio: Greenpeace, UK farmers and chemical industry square off over neonicotinoid pesticide ban

The debate over neonicotinoids continued ... during a BBC Radio segment as farmers, environmentalists and the chemical industry weighed in on ...
Viewpoint: As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for 'bird-pocalypse' that's not happening

Viewpoint: As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for ‘bird-pocalypse’ that’s not happening

Are we in the midst of another bout of unfounded environmentalist-fueled exaggerations—this time about birds becoming extinct because of pesticide ...
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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 ...