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NPR Podcast: Why ‘free range,’ ‘natural,’ and other food labels won’t ‘change the world’

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So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days — organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Original ...
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Podcast: Will consumers embrace CRISPR-edited crops even though they are not regulated as GMOs?

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The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that's a little ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

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There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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Pentagon’s plan to engineer insects to protect food crops sparks fears of misuse as bioweapons

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Jane Polston and I are walking over to some greenhouses at the University of Florida, where she’s a professor. She wants ...
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Surviving climate change: These 5 key crops will be forced to migrate northward

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Climate change is coming like a freight train, or a rising tide. And our food, so dependent on rain and ...
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Arkansas farmers defy authorities, spray banned GMO dicamba resistant soybean and cotton

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The fields and back roads of eastern Arkansas were a crime scene this past summer. State inspectors stopped alongside fields ...
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Arkansas battle over dicamba: Farmers don’t have to obey state ban on spraying herbicide, local courts say

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The wild battle in Arkansas over dicamba, the controversial and drift-prone herbicide, just got even crazier. Local courts have told ...
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USDA says carrageenan emulsifier is ok for organics—despite opposition within the industry

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided that organic food companies can keep using an emulsifier called carrageenan in foods like ice ...
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Monsanto targets Arkansas plant board that voted to heavily restrict dicamba herbicide use

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In Arkansas, there's a kind of David-versus-Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller. On one side, there's the giant Monsanto Company ...
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Earth Microbiome Project: DNA reveals global map of soil bacteria, opening door to novel antibiotics

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[Scientists] collect samples of soil and extract all the DNA contained in that sample, from all the organisms living there ...
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Organic industry’s bitter divide over hydroponics is about philosophy—and market share

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Dave Chapman and dozens of other longtime organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in Jacksonville, ...
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Weed scientists criticize Monsanto for mishandling dicamba herbicide rollout, drift crisis

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Dicamba, an old weedkiller that's now being used in new ways, has thrust [Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science ...
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Bumblebee queens exposed to neonicotinoid insecticide less likely to lay eggs, lab study finds

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A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely ...
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Arkansas Plant Board votes to ban herbicide dicamba after farmers complain about damages to neighboring crops

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Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed ...
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Protecting bees from neonicotinoid ‘poison dust’: Scientists disagree on best method

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Most of those seeds have been coated with pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. And despite attempts by ...
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Labeling war budding between organic companies and Non-GMO Project

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I did a little experiment the other day. I stood outside a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., with two ...

Next generation GMO corn being developed to battle growing rootworm resistance

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For all the international furor over ... GMOs, the biotech industry has really only managed to put a few foreign genes ...
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EPA report: Glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

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Glyphosate had been considered among the safest of herbicides. So it was a shock to many, last year, when the ...
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Food fight: Organic producers in war with Non-GMO label

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"We've seen exponential growth since our label first launched in 2010," says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, which ...
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Spraying of not-yet-approved dicamba resistant soy killing some crops

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Dicamba . . . vaporizes quickly and blows with the wind. And it's especially toxic to soybeans. . . Damage from drifting ...
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Fact checking Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Following Here & Now host Jeremy ...

NPR: Bee declines questioned, global food supply not threatened

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. First, the world's biggest ...

Subsidies for US farmers growing, despite years of reform talk

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Farm subsidies don't lack ...
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Antibiotic use on farm animals continues to grow

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. If you go by ...
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Conflicting conclusions on glyphosate risk may stem from what it’s mixed with

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Glyphosate, widely known by ...

Weed-killing microbes could be next crop tech

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What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural ...
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Is cultural ‘animosity’ in way of Monsanto-Syngenta merger?

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Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, wants to acquire Syngenta, a Switzerland-based company that sells pesticides and seeds, for $45 ...
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Organic farmers upset over Whole Foods’ plan to brand ‘responsibly grown’ conventional crops

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Some organic farmers are protesting a new grading system for produce and flowers that's coming into force at Whole Foods ...