IARC cancer agency mounts PR effort as probe of possible corruption grows

IARC cancer agency mounts PR effort as probe of possible corruption grows

The agency was heavily criticized for the methodology used in declaring the herbicide glyphosate a "probable carcinogen." Now IARC is ...
We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

A new "planetary boundaries" study says agriculture can be more sustainable to save the planet. Others say the numbers don't ...
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Are seed patent protections abused by Monsanto and other agro-corporations?

Anti-GMO critics often claim major agricultural companies use seed patents to control farmers rights, which they say also limits innovation ...
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To protect vineyards from pests and reduce pesticide use, CRISPR could be the answer

The powdery mildew fungus decimates vineyards around the globe. As pesticides become less effective, some scientists are turning to gene ...
'Big Ag' may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

‘Big Ag’ may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

For some, GMOs are synonymous with 'Big Ag'? For others, 'Big Ag' means something entirely different. Does 'Big Ag' even ...
Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

If the European Union eventually phases out all the popular glyphosate herbicide, the loss of farm productivity could cost Europe ...
CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Some scientists argue that our individual microbiomes are unique enough that they can be used to help identify the perpetrators ...
European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

As European politicians move toward blocking the use of glyphosate, farmers there are facing the prospect of using less-effective replacements ...
GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

A study examining the public's 2006 views on GMOs offers a glimpse into the evolution of the ongoing debate over ...
There's 'Big Ag' and 'Big Organic'—How much does 'big' matter when it comes to sustainability?

There’s ‘Big Ag’ and ‘Big Organic’—How much does ‘big’ matter when it comes to sustainability?

It's the way crops are farmed not the farm's size that matters when it comes to sustainability ...
Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Aflatoxins are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses annually. Farmers have struggled to control the troublesome ...
Do GMOs, pesticides cause cancer? The Amish would say 'no'

Do GMOs, pesticides cause cancer? The Amish would say ‘no’

Amish farmers may not get cancer as much, but it's not because they don't use pesticides or GMOs. In fact, ...
GMO that's not all GMO: Monsanto's rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

GMO that’s not all GMO: Monsanto’s rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

The EPA's relatively quick approval of a new Monsanto seed trait drew criticism from anti-GMO groups that complained about a ...
Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

When Gates Foundation reviewers rejected a researcher's bid for new funding, one of the reasons cited was a concern over ...
Intensive modern farming, not organics, credited with reducing greenhouse gases

Intensive modern farming, not organics, credited with reducing greenhouse gases

Modern farming has "uncoupled" itself from greenhouse gas output -- using new technologies, including genetic engineering, to boost crop yields ...
Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can't be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
Are GMOs responsible for a spike in food allergies?

Are GMOs responsible for a spike in food allergies?

What's behind the rise in food allergies? There are a lot of possible answers to this, but it's probably not ...
Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate--how does it compare to glyphosate?

Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate–how does it compare to glyphosate?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
Monsanto shill alert: Does industry funded GMO research bias findings?

Monsanto shill alert: Does industry funded GMO research bias findings?

Can consumers trust "independent" studies funded by corporations that have found genetically modified foods safe? Anti-GMO activists say 'no.' But ...
Genetic testing lags for mental illness, forcing parents to seek answers online

Genetic testing lags for mental illness, forcing parents to seek answers online

Genetic counseling for potential mental illness in children should be just as responsive as counseling for "physical" disease. Right now, ...
The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty's sustainable GMO salmon

The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty’s sustainable GMO salmon

Opposition to the world's first GMO animal approved for human consumption was fueled by a variety of sources --from quacks ...
Why we need peaceful co-existence between GMOs and organics

Why we need peaceful co-existence between GMOs and organics

Could organic and GM farming step past the rhetoric and vitriol, and co-exist? The science says yes ...
Can we trust the eyes of those who witness crimes?

Can we trust the eyes of those who witness crimes?

The credibility of eyewitness accounts has taken some hits from DNA evidence-based refutation of trial testimony. But there's more here ...
Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents -- here's the reality

Anti-GMO claim: Big Ag controls farmers through seeds patents — here’s the reality

Farmers have a wide range of choices for seeds, including conventional and GMO. And most, for economic and performance rather ...
Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

Did you hear the story about the GMO that almost destroyed the world?

An old myth has resurfaced that a GMO almost destroyed all life on Earth — but what's the real story? ...
Ideological hypocrisy? Environmentalists once supported land-based aquaculture—until it included genetically modified fish

Ideological hypocrisy? Environmentalists once supported land-based aquaculture—until it included genetically modified fish

The flip-flop by Food and Water Watch and other advocacy groups rests not on environmental or science-based concerns but on ...