Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

Top EU court upholds partial ban on 3 neonicotinoid pesticides, in bid to halt alleged honeybee losses

The European Union’s top court on [May 6] upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, ...
‘Future proofing’: Rediscovered wild coffee species could protect against production drops caused by climate change

‘Future proofing’: Rediscovered wild coffee species could protect against production drops caused by climate change

In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades ...
Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

Mexico 2024 glyphosate ban put on hold after Bayer successfully challenges presidential decree

A Mexican judge has sided with Bayer AG in a legal challenge to a government plan to prohibit glyphosate, according ...
Zinc-fortified wheat set to boost access to essential mineral for millions of poor people

Zinc-fortified wheat set to boost access to essential mineral for millions of poor people

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that ...
China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

[China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has] found eight companies and research institutes that illegally produced or carried out ...
Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

[British farming and environment minister George] Eustice told the annual conference of the National Farmers Union [on February 23] that ...
East Africa battles locust swarms by turning them into animal feed and organic fertilizer

East Africa battles locust swarms by turning them into animal feed and organic fertilizer

Scientists say warmer seas are creating more rain, waking dormant eggs, and cyclones that disperse the swarms are getting stronger ...
‘They will turn into alligators’: Evangelical Christian missionaries turning Amazon villages against COVID vaccines

‘They will turn into alligators’: Evangelical Christian missionaries turning Amazon villages against COVID vaccines

On the São Francisco reservation in the state of Amazonas, Jamamadi villagers sent health workers [arriving with COVID vaccines] packing ...
Ebola reemerges in the eastern Congo, complicating COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Ebola reemerges in the eastern Congo, complicating COVID-19 vaccine rollout

[A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo] was found with symptoms of [Ebola] in the town of Biena on ...
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Farmer lawsuits could block Mexico’s proposed glyphosate weedkiller and GMO crop bans

The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified (GMO) corn as well as the widely-used herbicide glyphosate will likely ...
Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Glyphosate exit: Germany could ban weedkiller by 2024 to ‘preserve clean habitats for insects’

Farmers in Germany will have to gradually reduce their use of glyphosate and stop using it completely from 2024 in ...
Bayer strikes $2 billion deal to settle future glyphosate-cancer suits

Bayer strikes $2 billion deal to settle future glyphosate-cancer suits

Bayer has been struggling to finalize the settlement of claims that Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a ...
Roundup on trial: Law firms spent $91 million in one year to recruit plaintiffs for glyphosate-cancer suits

Roundup on trial: Law firms spent $91 million in one year to recruit plaintiffs for glyphosate-cancer suits

In 2019, an estimated $91 million was spent on ads seeking clients to pursue Roundup-related claims, making it the No ...
Infographic: The evolutionary history of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Infographic: The evolutionary history of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Reuters analysed over 185,000 genome samples from the Global Initiative on Sharing All influenza Data (GISAID), the largest database of ...
CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court ...
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China approves two GM crop varieties in bid to support biotechnology and boost food security

China approves two GM crop varieties in bid to support biotechnology and boost food security

China last year approved three domestically designed GMO crops as safe, the first in a decade, in a fresh push ...
Will approved vaccines stop the new South African COVID strain? Doubts emerge

Will approved vaccines stop the new South African COVID strain? Doubts emerge

Both Britain and South Africa have detected new, more transmissible variants of the COVID-19-causing virus in recent weeks that have ...
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Mexico’s GM corn ban could ‘imperil’ nation’s food chain, farm groups warn

Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated ...
Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America's biggest soy shortage in years

Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America’s biggest soy shortage in years

[Calyxt Inc has] agreed to sell all the gene-edited soybean grains it produced in 2020 to agricultural merchant Archer Daniels ...
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Although Taiwan is one of the few countries to control COVID, WHO assembly will not allow it to explain how

Fiercely democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its own, has been angered by its inability to fully access the WHO, ...
Why Moderna’s vaccine appears to be significantly superior to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot

Why Moderna’s vaccine appears to be significantly superior to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot

Unlike Pfizer’s vaccine, Moderna’s shot can be stored at normal fridge temperatures, which should make it easier to distribute, a ...
On the heels of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine announcement, Russia says their Sputnik V shot is 92% effective

On the heels of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine announcement, Russia says their Sputnik V shot is 92% effective

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign ...
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What’s behind mask wearing rejectionism: Individualism vs collectivism

Rule-breaking is not a new phenomenon, but behavioural scientists say it is being exacerbated in the coronavirus pandemic by cultural, ...
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Could COVID evolve into a milder version?

Researchers in Singapore have discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus that causes milder infections, according to a study ...
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Deaths in less developed countries set to surge from malaria, HIV and TB linked to COVID-19 disruptions

Over the next five years, deaths from [HIV, tuberculosis and malaria] could rise by as much as 10%, 20% and ...
Would you volunteer to get intentionally infected with COVID?

Would you volunteer to get intentionally infected with COVID?

U.S. government scientists have begun efforts to manufacture a strain of the novel coronavirus that could be used in human ...
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