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Viewpoint — ‘We’re trying to mimic mother nature’: Why healthy soil is key to cutting back on pesticides and growing climate-resilient crops

Viewpoint — ‘We’re trying to mimic mother nature’: Why healthy soil is key to cutting back on pesticides and growing climate-resilient crops

[Les Seiler and his brother] have been practicing “no-till” farming [in Ohio] for 36 years and counting. That means they ...
Viewpoint: 'The Dirty 8' — Which are the most notorious advocacy groups spreading disinformation about food, farming, biotechnology and agricultural sustainability

Viewpoint: ‘The Dirty 8’ — Which are the most notorious advocacy groups spreading disinformation about food, farming, biotechnology and agricultural sustainability

When it comes to food safety, there's no shortage of well-funded advocacy groups stirring up public concern. Under the guise ...
Viewpoint: Phase out neonicotinoids? Walmart’s new farmer mandates promote alarmist misinformation about bee health

Viewpoint: Phase out neonicotinoids? Walmart’s new farmer mandates promote alarmist misinformation about bee health

Walmart is making two big asks from its producers. First, it’s encouraging fresh produce suppliers to “protect, restore, or establish ...
‘Tools for sustainable agriculture of the future’: Biopesticides will be able to control pests, diseases, and weeds — and make crops more resistant to climate change

‘Tools for sustainable agriculture of the future’: Biopesticides will be able to control pests, diseases, and weeds — and make crops more resistant to climate change

Biologicals are tools for the sustainable agriculture of the future... Biologicals are a class of agricultural products that include biopesticides, ...
Viewpoint: A world without pollinators? Don’t fall for ‘lurid tales of bee Armageddon’

Viewpoint: A world without pollinators? Don’t fall for ‘lurid tales of bee Armageddon’

A torrent of media stories from 2013-2014 presented frightening tales of “unprecedented” colony collapse disorder (CCD) among honeybees, conjuring up ...
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Claiming pollinator declines are linked to pesticides, Walmart announces new policy encouraging produce suppliers to stop using chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids on crops

Pollinators include butterflies and moths, birds, bats, beetles and many more, and without them some of our favorite foods wouldn’t ...
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Viewpoint: Why is National Geographic embracing simplistic activist narratives on nuanced pesticide controversies?

For more than a century, National Geographic has produced a high-quality magazine that is well-grounded in science, history and culture ...
Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 2: Have pesticides improved?

it is important to balance risks with the benefits that pesticides provide ...
Engineered tomatoes kill whiteflies by ‘silencing’ gene that protects them from pesticides

Engineered tomatoes kill whiteflies by ‘silencing’ gene that protects them from pesticides

A pernicious agricultural pest owes some of its success to a gene pilfered from its plant host millions of years ...
‘Their lungs are full of bees’: Largely hidden from the public, the last days of a dying COVID patient are excruciating

‘Their lungs are full of bees’: Largely hidden from the public, the last days of a dying COVID patient are excruciating

“Most of what I’m seeing is behind closed curtains, and the general public isn’t seeing this side of it,” says ...
Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the 'real thing' could be available in 2021

Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the ‘real thing’ could be available in 2021

MeliBio, the Berkeley-based startup claiming to make real honey without bees, has closed $850,000 in pre-seed funding as it gears ...
UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

[British Sugar] is investigating gene-edited beet seed as a long-term solution to [virus yellows] disease, which devastated crops across eastern ...
‘No shortage of dangers’ and no easy answers for the monarch butterfly

‘No shortage of dangers’ and no easy answers for the monarch butterfly

North America’s monarch butterfly population is in trouble. That much has been clear for decades but scientists have found that ...
Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary's opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Viewpoint: Biden Interior Secretary’s opposition to pesticides and GM crops puts endangered species in jeopardy

Deb Haaland’s nomination to head the Interior Department has advanced to the full Senate, but the New Mexico representative weathered ...
Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

Viewpoint: USDA data show the predicted ‘Beepocalypse’ has been postponed another year

The latest numbers on honeybee colonies have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they show that the ...
EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

EU pitches 23 ‘actions’ to achieve Farm 2 Fork targets, including promoting organic food in schools

The European Commission is counting on a suite of measures including new procurement schemes, promotional funds and research initiatives to ...
French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

French court upholds sugar beet grower exemption from neonicotinoids insecticide ban

Condemned as "bee killers," [neonicotinoid pesticides] have been officially banned in France since 2018. However, faced with the jaundice crisis ...
Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Viewpoint: Evidence or ‘junk science’—Will the Biden Administration ban essential pesticides experts say are safe?

Within days of being sworn in, President Joe Biden elevated the science adviser to the president to Cabinet rank, with ...
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Viewpoint: France’s anti-GMO Green Party committed to a dying breed of ‘radical’ environmentalism

[The French Green Party is] well on their way to becoming the last dinosaurs of a ridiculous and radical ecologism ...
‘Realistic’ exposure to insecticide sulfoxaflor poses no notable risk to honeybees, study shows

‘Realistic’ exposure to insecticide sulfoxaflor poses no notable risk to honeybees, study shows

Recent evidence suggests that one of the most prominent replacements of the banned neonicotinoids – the insecticide sulfoxaflor - harms ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Already blamed for ‘widespread insect declines,’ neonicotinoid insecticides may threaten mammals, too

On an overcast January day in Estelline, South Dakota, Jonathan Lundgren zips his quilted jacket over a fleece, pulls down ...
Viewpoint: Why you shouldn’t be worried about potential reactions to COVID vaccines

Viewpoint: Why you shouldn’t be worried about potential reactions to COVID vaccines

Anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — is nothing to be ignored. It’s most commonly associated with allergies to ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticides can be harmful—but they’re also ‘vital to human health and global food security’

As much as pesticides are a threat to certain ecosystems, they’re also responsible for providing the planet with food in ...
Gene editing could produce more flavorful decaf coffee — and combat public’s anti-GMO sentiment

Gene editing could produce more flavorful decaf coffee — and combat public’s anti-GMO sentiment

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks, but that cup can come with a price of jitters or ...
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Beepocalypse Myth Handbook: Assessing claims of pollinator collapse

After a decade of debate, the causes of the mid-2000s spike in bee deaths is coming into focus. Culprits are ...
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Viewpoint: UK decision to rescind neonics pesticide restrictions a welcome win for science

Activists like George Monbiot and Dave Goulson are parroting their environmental allies when it comes to neonics, but the science ...
With sugar beet production dropping, UK approves emergency neonicotinoids pesticide use to combat beet yellows virus

With sugar beet production dropping, UK approves emergency neonicotinoids pesticide use to combat beet yellows virus

In 2018 the [UK] government supported new rules which prohibit the outdoor use of 3 neonicotinoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and ...
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