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September 25, 2017
Agriculture

101 – Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moth

September 23, 2017 0

The diamonback moth is a formidable agricultural pest, causing tremendous losses on farms and requiring significant cultural and chemical-based management on both conventional and organic farms.  Dr. Tony Shelton has studied the diamonback moth for […]

Agriculture

097 – Environmental and Economic Impacts of Biotech Crops

August 26, 2017 1

   The annual report by agricultural economists Brookes and Barfoot is a helpful resource to understand the impacts of agricultural biotechnology.  The peer-reviewed report is dense, and contains substantial information about crop use, yields, production […]

Food

093 – Ben and Jerry’s Roundup

July 29, 2017 2

A story exploded in the New York Times claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a potent herbicide, was detected in 10/11 flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  The anti-biotech universe propagated the […]

Agriculture

090 – Collateral Neonic Impacts

July 8, 2017 0

Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a class of insecticides based on natural plant compounds that disrupt the insect nervous system. They are used because they have relatively low toxicity on non-insects.  They are applied as seed coatings, […]

Agriculture

087 – Glyphosate Risk and the IARC Decision

June 17, 2017 1

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, has been used as a non-selective (kills all plants) herbicide since 1970.  It blocks a necessary step in plant metabolism and the plant dies, yet it has […]