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What I got wrong: GMO skeptic turned crop biotech advocate explains his ‘slow-motion conversion’

A recent open-heart surgery put my mind, as it might, on themes relating to mortality. Which got me thinking about ...
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Viewpoint: Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs

The anti-GMO movement dominated the public discourse about crop biotechnology for decades. Led by committed activists who knew how to ...
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Viewpoint: Animals vs plants? Stop fighting about where your protein comes from and eat a balanced diet

With a feeling of uncertainty infiltrating our lives lately, many of us are looking for concrete information to help us ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what ‘whole grain’ really means—and it’s not the health claim you’ve been told it is

Consumers have been so saturated with vague marketing claims that nearly 50 percent can't correctly identify what is claimed to ...
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Viewpoint: Modern-day Luddites: How precautionary activism and reporting paint a misleading picture of biotechnology

We live in a precautionary era in which technological breakthroughs poised to dominate the coming decades—from artificial intelligence and nanotechnology ...
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Roundup glyphosate weedkiller responsible for the decline in Monarch butterflies? Media and advocacy groups badly misreport study

News reporting at its best should be nuanced. There are rarely 'black hats' and 'white hats' when it comes to ...
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Viewpoint: UN’s ‘hand-in-glove’ alliance with anti-pesticide groups cripples response to Africa’s ravenous locust swarms

In a year devastated by locust plagues, the COVID-19 pandemic, and massive flooding that displaced over a hundred thousand people ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Superfood’—a lucrative marketing term with no scientific basis

Walking through the grocery aisle, there is an overwhelming number of new superfoods to choose from. Hemp hearts are full ...
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Anti-GMO movement merging with anti-vaccine groups, escalating threat to global coronavirus response

As scientists around the world work at an unprecedented pace to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, anti-vaccine proponents are planting ...
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Viewpoint: How prosperity and technology are defeating ‘environmental pessimism’

In 1980, the year that PERC was founded, I spent three months in the Himalayas working on a wildlife conservation ...
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Viewpoint: While ‘elitist academics’ praise local food ‘industrial farming’ feeds us during a pandemic

With the world COVID-19 pandemic in its sixth month, food activists are back to trumpeting locally grown, and even home ...
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Podcast: How 1970s fat-free fad launched organic, non-GMO and other ‘absurd’ labeling schemes

Go walk the aisles of your local grocery store and see how many products are being marketed for what they ...
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Viewpoint: Red meat increases cancer risk? Maybe, but staying healthy isn’t as simple as avoiding steak

Summer is a great time to grill steaks and hamburgers…they were definitely featured in our Fourth of July BBQ! We ...
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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Daniel Defoe’s account of London’s 1665 bubonic plague offers a shock of recognition

Pandemics have punctuated recorded history going back to ancient Greece and Egypt. However, the novel coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in ...
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Self medication: Blocked from drugs by the medical establishment, many transgender people resort to black-market hormones

For the first 10 months of Christine’s gender transition, a progressive LGBT health clinic in Boston made getting on hormones ...
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Viewpoint: Without modern, industrial farming, pandemic would have claimed many more lives

In November of 2019 The Atlantic asked "experts" what they would change if they could go back in time. The ...
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Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields

Cassava is one of the most important food crops in the Africa, a primary component of the rural economy. It ...
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The dangerous spread of coronavirus misinformation and magical thinking

Although credentialed scientists have been very clear that there is currently no cure for coronavirus, magical thinking of the pseudoscience ...
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Viewpoint: Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis’ COVID-19 controversy illustrates the politicization of science

The critical questions the Stanford professor is raising about Covid-19 have gotten lost amid partisan bickering ...
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Video: How can we figure out the real fatality rate of COVID-19 and how lethal it is?

Dr. Wessam Atif breaks down what we do and don't know about the worldwide death rate, or case fatality rate, ...
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Landmark approval of GMO Bt insect-resistant cowpea leads Nigeria toward sustainable farming

Cowpea is an incredibly important source of protein for millions of people across Africa. In December 2019, Nigeria approved the ...
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Coronavirus immunity passports could create a world of ‘us and them’. But here’s why they make sense

Dividing groups of people into “us” and “them” isn’t usually a good idea, but in the scary new world of ...
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Stanford’s John Ioannidis refines study suggesting coronavirus global lockdown “may be totally irrational,” acknowledging “more uncertainties”

John Ioannidis answers Undark’s questions on his controversial antibody study and participation in partisan media ...
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Quest for coronavirus treatment inspires modern twist on antique technique using survivors’ plasma

There's no shortage of research efforts looking for ways to stop, or at least slow down, the novel coronavirus. Of ...
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‘A cleaner kill’: Harnessing the body’s immune system to battle cancer

What if your immune system could kill cancers in the same way it does colds and flu? This concept may ...
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Viewpoint: How precautionary public health policy turned coronavirus into a ‘global train wreck’

Worldwide coronavirus response was a failure in risk management ...
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Are vaccines immunity ‘silver bullets’ to protect us against COVID-19? It depends on how quickly the coronavirus mutates.

Recent studies on COVID-19 mutation rates have revealed promising data that has given scientists across the globe a boost in ...
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Herd immunity and where it fits in the fight against the coronavirus

During the opening phases of the coronavirus pandemic, government officials in the UK drew scorn from health experts after suggesting ...