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Myth busting: Do farmers ‘drench, douse or slather’ crops in pesticides?

One common belief about modern farming is that farmers use pesticides in excess on their crops. A plant scientist explains ...
Viewpoint:  No, Big Ag doesn't 'control' the world's food supply

Viewpoint: No, Big Ag doesn’t ‘control’ the world’s food supply

Is there truth to a common anti-GMO narrative that large multi-national companies seek to “control the food supply” through patents ...
Wine grapes case study: How modern crop management has led to dramatic reductions in pesticide use

Wine grapes case study: How modern crop management has led to dramatic reductions in pesticide use

[Editor's note: Steve Savage is a plant pathologist who has been working in agricultural technology for over 35 years.] Grapes grown ...
Smoking and health: Genetic revolution transforming medical marijuana and tobacco

Smoking and health: Genetic revolution transforming medical marijuana and tobacco

Our increased understanding of plant genetics has potential to help smokers quit and provide patients with the medicinal benefits of ...
Why one scientist refuses to buy organic foods

Why one scientist refuses to buy organic foods

Many consumers opt for organic food thinking it is healthier and is grown more sustainably. One plant scientist challenges the ...
GMO corn that resists cancer-causing aflatoxin showcases biotech's life-saving potential

GMO corn that resists cancer-causing aflatoxin showcases biotech’s life-saving potential

The creation of GM corn that neutralizes a cancer-causing toxin is a game-changer for human health. The method could be ...
EPA deserves some respect: Environmental regulations should be refined, not dismantled

EPA deserves some respect: Environmental regulations should be refined, not dismantled

Primarily in Europe, but increasingly in the US, junk science and activist manipulation diminish the scientific integrity of the regulatory ...
Mother Nature? More like 'Mad Scientist Mama' — creator of chemicals good and bad for humans

Mother Nature? More like ‘Mad Scientist Mama’ — creator of chemicals good and bad for humans

Nature is not some sort of cosmic mother figure. On the contrary, nature is composed of diverse biological and physical ...
Environmental Working Group's 'dirty' marketing serves 'big organic' donors, not consumers

Environmental Working Group’s ‘dirty’ marketing serves ‘big organic’ donors, not consumers

Environmental Working Group's list of 'chemically soaked' fruits and vegetables is unscientific and promotes the false idea that conventional foods ...
Buying organic food to avoid pesticides? You may want to reconsider

Buying organic food to avoid pesticides? You may want to reconsider

Do you seek out organic fruits and vegetables to avoid those on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, fearful ...
Is Organic Farming Better for the Environment?

Is Organic Farming Better for the Environment?

Many consumers believe buying organic is “voting with their dollars” for environmentally sustainable farming. Is that science or myth? There ...
Pesticides just one tool in the modern farmer's pest management toolbox

Pesticides just one tool in the modern farmer’s pest management toolbox

Modern farming involves much more than just spraying pesticides to keep pests at bay. Farmers must employ a broad array ...
Breeding slower growing chickens: Is that a good idea?

Breeding slower growing chickens: Is that a good idea?

Chickens are the most efficient of our meat animals in terms of how much grain it takes to produce each ...
What does electricity have in common with pesticides?

What does electricity have in common with pesticides?

Many people may find it difficult to imagine how a pesticide could ever be safe. To understand how that is ...
Should you be concerned about trace pesticides on foods, fruits and vegetables?

Should you be concerned about trace pesticides on foods, fruits and vegetables?

An anti-GMO funded study promoted by Vani Hari--Food Babe--that found parts per billion trace residues of the herbicide glyphosate in ...
Scientist’s video cook-off: Conventional hash browns vs. Simplot’s Innate non-browning potatoes

Scientist’s video cook-off: Conventional hash browns vs. Simplot’s Innate non-browning potatoes

Plant pathologist Dr. Steve Savage, does a cooking demonstration using conventional potatoes and GMO non-browning potatoes to make hash browns. The GMO ...
USDA data on 370 crops: Why organic farming has lower yields

USDA data on 370 crops: Why organic farming has lower yields

Government data comparing yields of organic vs. conventional farms finds a sharp yield edge for conventional on more than 84 ...
More than half of pesticides used by California farmers are active ingredients approved for organic

More than half of pesticides used by California farmers are active ingredients approved for organic

Critics of modern agriculture claim organics use few pesticides while conventional framers uses highly toxic ones. Data from our largest ...

Non-browning GMO Fuji Apple sets positive precedent for small biotech firms

. . . . A third Arctic Apple cultivar (Fuji) is currently going through the USDA deregulation . . .  Apparently the public ...
Plant pathologist Steve Savage discusses issues with, myths about organic food

Plant pathologist Steve Savage discusses issues with, myths about organic food

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. In this episode of ...
Biotech opponents claim Monsanto 'controls' the world food supply? What are the facts?

Biotech opponents claim Monsanto ‘controls’ the world food supply? What are the facts?

Is there truth to a common anti-GMO narrative that large multi-national companies seek to “control the food supply” through patents ...
Non-GMO label lies to consumers, says plant scientist

Non-GMO label lies to consumers, says plant scientist

Today's genetic modification techniques are far less intense and precise than older ones, yet many foods are now misleadingly labeled ...
Scientist finds 'genetically modified beauty' everywhere at plant nursery

Scientist finds ‘genetically modified beauty’ everywhere at plant nursery

Your local commercial nursery has plants with an amazing array of colors and shapes--and most of these flowers and plants ...
USDA annual report: Pesticide residues on food well below amounts dangerous to humans

USDA annual report: Pesticide residues on food well below amounts dangerous to humans

An annual USDA report of over 10,000 crops finds overwhelmingly that pesticide residues on food are well below levels that ...
Unintended consequences of Vermont's GMO labelling law

Unintended consequences of Vermont’s GMO labelling law

Several major food companies have decided to label products that contain GMO nationwide to comply with Vermont's labeling law. Will ...
Genetic tests help companies fight fabric fraud

Genetic tests help companies fight fabric fraud

Cotton undergoes a convoluted route from farm to store, which makes sourcing the cotton difficult. But one company is making ...
Organic produce has pesticide residues too

Organic produce has pesticide residues too

Current levels of pesticides in conventional and organic foods pose no harm to humans, but it should be noted that ...
Talking Biotech: “Pesticides”—New frontier of agricultural biotechnology opposition

Talking Biotech: “Pesticides”—New frontier of agricultural biotechnology opposition

Chemical control expert Steve Savage on the targeting of chemicals by anti-GMO activists ...