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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 ...
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Organic farming’s positive impact on bees may be ‘overestimated,’ new study suggests

Intensive agricultural landscapes can be hostile for bees due to a lack of floral and nesting resources, and due to ...
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Viewpoint: No, wild bees haven’t been decimated by neonicotinoids, glyphosate

Bees and pesticides (and not just insecticides) have been the focus of activists and scientists alike, particularly since a 2006-2008 ...
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New farm bill would stop cities from banning glyphosate and other pesticides

House lawmakers are seeking to halt .... local ordinances to ban or restrict pesticides that opponents say conflict with state ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s new gene-editing rules show failure of scientific leadership

On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that plants bred via recent mutagenesis techniques would fall ...
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Did Canada overestimate the risks of neonicotinoid pesticides?

On Aug. 16, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency proposed to ban all outdoor uses of [the neonicotinoids] clothianidin and ...
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Scientists hunting Asian hornet—invasive ‘honey bee killer’ spotted in U.K.

An Asian hornet sighting has been confirmed in Cornwall, sparking a hunt for the honey bee killer's nesting sites. The ...
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Here’s what electricity can teach us about pesticide safety

Many people may find it difficult to imagine how a pesticide could ever be safe. To understand how that is ...
Farmers say Europe's neonicotinoid pesticide bans put their crops at risk

Farmers say Europe’s neonicotinoid pesticide bans put their crops at risk

In April [2018], the EU introduced a ban on outdoor use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – ...
France's neonicotinoid ban just took effect. How will it impact farmers?

France’s neonicotinoid ban just took effect. How will it impact farmers?

A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides [entered] into force in France on [August 31], placing the country at the forefront ...
10 tips for better communication about pesticide science, risks

10 tips for better communication about pesticide science, risks

One of the biggest challenges for any risk communications professional today is to deliver positive messages on pesticides. Like any ...
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Viewpoint: Public’s support for Canadian neonicotinoid ban obscures bigger threats to bee health

On Aug. 15 .... Health Canada held a news conference to explain why it was banning neonicotinoid insecticides .... Health ...
Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

The honeybee, Apis mellifera, has been the dominant pollinator for decades but now is threatened by pesticides, pathogens, parasites and ...
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Sulfoxaflor: The ‘bee-friendly’ neonicotinoid replacement that could hurt bumble bees

With overwhelming evidence on the risks that neonicotinoids .... pose to bees, phytopharmaceutical companies look towards innovation to replace already ...
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Protecting pollinators: New logging practices triple wild bee populations in one year

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important ...
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Farmers consider a world without glyphosate—and it’s less than ideal

"More glufosinate, maybe more paraquat." "I would have to find a different burn down chemical, likely paraquat. Would use more ...
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The disconnect between predictions of a ‘bee-apocalypse’ and rising bee populations

Media stories around bee-apocalypse and imminent collapse of the human food system require a dose of reality. ... There are ...
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Organic Times: New satire site takes Onion-like look at crop biotechnology activists

Agriculture is a serious topic. While farmers in the developing world struggle to save their crops from pest invasions and ...
Canada will phase out two kinds of neonicotinoids in 2021, citing harm to bee populations

Canada will phase out two kinds of neonicotinoids in 2021, citing harm to bee populations

The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021 ... Neonicotinoids, or neonics, ...
How is India's organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going? Peering past the propaganda, not so sustainably.

How is India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going? Peering past the propaganda, not so sustainably.

India's farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers ...
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Viewpoint: Federal regulators should clamp down on ‘misleading’ non-GMO advertising

For a long time, American consumers .... could read a food label or product advertisement and trust that the information ...
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Protect your pets: Many agriculturally necessary plants are naturally toxic to animals

Not all plants are wholesome for foraging animals. Certain species of milkweed, for example, that are highly valued as host ...