Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Senate confirms Obama Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to head USDA again

The Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as U.S. Agriculture Secretary, opening the way for the Biden administration to move forward with ...
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USDA, Health and Human Services reach agreement to bring US animal gene-editing rules ‘into the 21st century’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Assistant Secretary ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regulatory creep’—How the FDA’s evolving rules hindered the introduction of gene-edited animals

Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to regulate genomic alterations in genome edited animals ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
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Viewpoint: USDA’s ‘lax’ gene-editing regulations could hurt consumer acceptance of CRISPR crops

Researchers at North Carolina State University call for a coalition of biotech industry, government and non-government organizations, trade organizations, and ...
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GMOs unnatural? So are strawberries, Brussels sprouts and many other popular foods

By definition, a genetically modified organism is an organism produced through the production of heritable improvements in plants or animals ...
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Gene-edited crops approved by USDA jumps from 7 to 70 between 2019 and 2020

Signaling progress for a new kind of crop engineering, the biotech crop trait firm Cibus says it will move forward ...
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Viewpoint: Activists aim to block GM chestnut tree by hyping potential risks and ignoring real benefits

For more than 30 years, the American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) has been engaged in a privately financed program .... to produce ...
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Analysis: Problematic provisions in new USDA rule for GE plants

Over the last three months, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published materials and conducted webinar presentations to ...
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Europe’s pro-organic ‘green deal’ threatens US farmers who sustainably grow GM crops, USDA claims

Washington could complain to the World Trade Organization if the European Union goes ahead with a farming strategy that it ...
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Gene-edited, blight-resistant rice approved by USDA, Colombian regulators

The Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have approved a genetically edited rice resistant ...
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Podcast: Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue interviews GLP’s Jon Entine on feeding the world sustainably through biotech innovation and challenging the ‘myth of organics’

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wants to welcome you to his very own podcast – “The Sonnyside of the Farm.” ...
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USDA approves first ever CRISPR-edited petunia

The research team led by professor Geung-Ju Lee of Chungnam National University and Toolgen announced that the new variety of ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA should approve GMO disease-resistant chestnut trees

You may [have] heard “chestnuts on an open fire” at Christmas but they are a lot of rarer than they ...
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Video: USDA to decide fate of American chestnut restoration

University researchers are seeking approval to restore the iconic chestnut to American forests by using a genetically engineered (GE) variety ...
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USDA invites public comment on petition to approve GMO chestnut tree

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a petition ...
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Viewpoint: Turning farms into carbon repositories can’t stave off ‘climate catastrophe’

In late June, overlooked amid pandemic, economic crisis, and protest headlines, a bipartisan cohort of United States senators introduced a ...
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Organic farming fraud is growing, prompting USDA crackdown proposal

Responding to increasing fraud threats to the organic industry, the US Department of Agriculture seeks to strengthen oversight and improve ...
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Organic activists sue USDA to nullify and revise bioengineered food labeling standards

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – which requires firms to label ‘bioengineered’ foods and beverages – is unlawful and ...
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Harvard Law School urges USDA to allow ‘usual meat and poultry terms’ in labeling of cell-based foods

In some action on the petition front, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) acknowledges a request from the Harvard ...
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USDA proposes measures to crack down on fraud in organic farming

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes amending the USDA organic regulations to strengthen oversight ...
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US GMO crop cultivation accelerates as farmers gain access to more biotech seeds

[Editor's note: GMO crops were widely adopted by US farmers after their initial approval in 1996. According to a new ...
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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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France’s proposed 2022 glyphosate weedkiller ban would harm conservation agriculture, USDA says

The French government’s agricultural research institute found that banning glyphosate will significantly increase production costs for French farmers practicing no-till ...
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Viewpoint: How organic farming exploits consumer demand for ‘authenticity’

Seeking 'authenticity' is fine -- unless it deprives you of something beneficial ...
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