Conservation agriculture: Beyond the organic vs. conventional culture wars debate

Conservation agriculture: Beyond the organic vs. conventional culture wars debate

How can journalists navigate the 'pitched battle' between organic advocates and biotechnology? Focus on real measures of sustainability, not polemical ...
Addressing GMO concerns: Will Big Ag let farmers save seeds?

Addressing GMO concerns: Will Big Ag let farmers save seeds?

There is a certain emotional appeal to the idea that nobody should be able to patent foods. But how would ...
Addressing GMO concerns: Are agricultural chemicals hazardous, overused?

Addressing GMO concerns: Are agricultural chemicals hazardous, overused?

This is the second in a series that explores common objections to GMOs that are found on the internet. This ...
Addressing GMO concerns: Are foods "made in labs" the same as those “made by nature"

Addressing GMO concerns: Are foods “made in labs” the same as those “made by nature”

This is the first in a series that explores common objections to GMOs that are found on the internet. The ...
Saving seeds, as anti-GMO activists demand, preserves unproductive farming, locks in poverty

Saving seeds, as anti-GMO activists demand, preserves unproductive farming, locks in poverty

Farmers mired in farming systems in which saving and cleaning old seed is an economical use of their time is ...
Addressing all farmers' challenges: Taking ideology out of the glyphosate and 'superweed' debate

Addressing all farmers’ challenges: Taking ideology out of the glyphosate and ‘superweed’ debate

Hardy weeds that develop from continued use of a limited control system are problems for all farmers. This is not ...
Organics v conventional v GMOs: Debate grows over farm yields and sustainability

Organics v conventional v GMOs: Debate grows over farm yields and sustainability

Dubious research supports claims that organic systems can close the yield gap with conventional (and GMO) farming. Obsession with organic ...
GMOs, food and pesticides 101: No chemical "flood" and yields are rising

GMOs, food and pesticides 101: No chemical “flood” and yields are rising

Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show ...

Is shifting from GMO sugar beets to sugar cane detrimental to environment?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Last week it was ...

Do anti-GMO activists use ‘tobacco science’?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The Credible Hulk has ...

How, exactly, does CRISPR gene editing work?

After having read a number things about CRISPR (and ZFN and TALENS – two competing techniques) I understood the results it could ...
Why seed saving and traditional farming may not be the most sustainable way to farm

Why seed saving and traditional farming may not be the most sustainable way to farm

Trying to protect farmers’ rights to save seeds only has an economic importance in low productivity systems where the benefits ...

Why Chipotle’s GMO-free move got so much backlash

The last few days at Chipotle HQ could not have been much fun for the people running the marketing and ...
Food 2.0: Will farmers be able to meet the ecological challenges ahead?

Food 2.0: Will farmers be able to meet the ecological challenges ahead?

Financial columnist Paul Farrell recently explored the investment challenges and opportunities for food tech companies. We deconstruct some of his ...
Center for Food Safety attacks GMO drought tolerant crops, distorts big picture

Center for Food Safety attacks GMO drought tolerant crops, distorts big picture

Conventional breeding is currently outpacing biotech in tackling some complex traits like drought tolerance and nitrogen efficiency. Is it a ...
Enlist Duo: Everything you need to know about new dual herbicide resistant crops

Enlist Duo: Everything you need to know about new dual herbicide resistant crops

With the EPA poised to clear Enlist, the dual herbicide mixture, next week, the GLP reviews the issues around this ...
In rejecting GMO shipments, is China more protective of health of its citizens than US?

In rejecting GMO shipments, is China more protective of health of its citizens than US?

Despite the exultation by some over seemingly anti-GMO policies coming from China, actions of Beijing are better understood as hardball ...
Robyn O'Brien defends anti-GMO crusader Don Huber: Whistleblower or crank?

Robyn O’Brien defends anti-GMO crusader Don Huber: Whistleblower or crank?

Following news that Dr. Huber was in a car accident, food activist Robyn O'Brien paints a picture of a scientist ...
Leaked memo highlights new axis of pseudoscience between Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports?

Leaked memo highlights new axis of pseudoscience between Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports?

Are Consumer Reports and Dr. Oz teaming up to spread pseudoscience? The GLP has obtained an in house Consumer Reports ...
Quarantine expanded as killer bacterium spreads to California orange groves, GMO only hope

Quarantine expanded as killer bacterium spreads to California orange groves, GMO only hope

As California officials add another 100 square miles of citrus groves to a 1,000 square mile quarantine, Florida growers are ...
Crop breakthrough! No GMOs! Let's celebrate!--Why advanced farm technology scares us

Crop breakthrough! No GMOs! Let’s celebrate!–Why advanced farm technology scares us

Are journalists so gun shy about reporting the 'good news' of genetic engineering that they seek false balance in hyping ...
Synthetic biology's revolutionary and often disquieting impact on our food system

Synthetic biology’s revolutionary and often disquieting impact on our food system

Synbio brings with it new social, ethical and regulatory concerns. The next generation will bring nearly miraculous advances in medicine ...
Consumer Reports finds GMOs in Xochitl 'Non GMO' corn chips, spreads anti-bio misinformation

Consumer Reports finds GMOs in Xochitl ‘Non GMO’ corn chips, spreads anti-bio misinformation

Consumer Reports finds genetically engineered corn in "natural" junk food labeled "No GMO"—and in the process spreads unnecessary fear about ...
GMO farming abject "failure" claims Center for Food Safety--Is it?

GMO farming abject “failure” claims Center for Food Safety–Is it?

The Center for Food Safety makes the case that GMO crops have "failed", citing "myths" circulated by proponents. Specifically they ...
As state GMO labeling laws are proposed, critics wonder about logistics and costs

As state GMO labeling laws are proposed, critics wonder about logistics and costs

With a mandatory GMO label law recently passed in Vermont, and more in the hopper, scientists and the food and ...
(Practically) No one is anti-science -- encouraging dialogue on GMOs

(Practically) No one is anti-science — encouraging dialogue on GMOs

Keith Kloor, science blogger at Discover, has sparked an intriguing debate about the use of the term "anti-science" to describe ...

Public GMO studies database finds GMOs safe, half of studies independent

Critics of genetically modified crops often assert that all research into the plants’ safety is bought and paid for by industry ...
Do anti-GMO activists inhabit an information bubble? Ask Paul Krugman

Do anti-GMO activists inhabit an information bubble? Ask Paul Krugman

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes how critics of Obamacare stay misinformed, not only because they have incorrect information ...