From the Environmental Working Group to the Pesticide Action Network, food activists claim we face killer risks from chemicals. Here’s why scientists don’t agree – Genetic Literacy Project

E coli in ready-to-eat salads? Salmonella in seafood? Spoiled ground beef? Listeria in vegetables? Pesticide traces in… everything? Each year the
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Viewpoint: ‘Double advantage’ — Why organic farmers should be allowed to grow GMO seeds to pursue sustainability objectives – Genetic Literacy Project

In recent years, with the expectation of quality life, human beings have turned to organic foods with 30-40% less product per unit area. The main reason
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Viewpoint: Green technology-rejectionist Vandana Shiva at center of Sri Lanka’s disastrous organic farming embrace and crop protection chemical rejection – Genetic Literacy Project

The unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka has been doing the rounds across mainstream media, academia, policy circles as well as the global political dispensation. From the recent resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of prime minister to the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Ranil  Wickremesinghe, new dynamics are unfolding in the island nation almost every day, making it a challenging task to keep track of the political and economic effects of this conundrum. Sri Lanka has a long history of economic challenges, which includes the repercussions of the 26-year long civil war in the country, successive loans from the International Monetary Funds (IMF), the excessive increase of money supply in an attempt to douse its fiscal deficits—the economy’s money supply has increased by approximately 42 percent in the last four years, deep tax cuts that were enacted a few months before the pandemic hit, and, of course, the soaring external debts that the country owed to other powers such as  China and Japan. However, the myopic switch to organic farming in Sri Lanka could be declared as the final nail in the coffin that led to a series of economic disasters which will remain a lesson in the history of agricultural policy, especially for the Global South.
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Viewpoint: ‘Defenders of modern agriculture should vehemently push back against the notion that today’s food model undermines bee health or human health’ – Genetic Literacy Project

Since the introduction of neonicotinoid insecticides – the pesticides blamed for bee death – in the mid-90s, bee populations have not collapsed. The
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Podcast: Gene editing and public acceptance — Agricultural economist Brandon McFadden on regulatory differences in agriculture and medicine for using CRISPR – Genetic Literacy Project

Gene editing with CRISPR/Cas, TALEN or other tools allows scientists to make directed and precise changes in DNA. The technologies promise to transform
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Viewpoint: New Zealand’s ban on GMOs and gene editing aligns it with Europe — but is out of step with science and its citizens – Genetic Literacy Project

Attitudes about GMOs within New Zealand appear to be slightly shifting towards being more liberal. Surveys conducted between 2000 – 2009 were generally
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How seed gene banks are preserving biodiversity and providing a hedge against climate change – Genetic Literacy Project

“It’s a tool against extinction — not just biological extinction but, also, the extinction of knowledge.” The facility at Palmira is one of 11 gene banks
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Viewpoint: Food security crisis underscores why it’s time to get over wrong-headed fears over genetically modified wheat, says North Dakota state senator – Genetic Literacy Project

Three decades ago, a good year meant 90 bushels of corn and 25 bushels of soybeans an acre. This season those amounts would be disastrously low. My
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Consumer paradox: As media turn less negative on genetically modified crops, Canadian consumers remain ambivalent about innovative food products – Genetic Literacy Project

Canadians have high trust in Canada’s food safety system, but not new food productsGauging consumer attitudes to genetically modified (GM) crops has been taking place for over 20 years, with results showing gradually increasing acceptance. A recent study found an 80% decline in GM crop-related social media posts and more balanced mainstream media reporting. The authors of this research indicate that both forms of media may be developing more favourable views of GM crops and biotechnology. But is this the case when it comes to the Canadian consumer and their food, have their concerns changed since the first GM products were approved in the 1990
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Part II: Seeds of Reaction — How anti-GMO ‘progressivism’ morphed into a technophobic science rejectionist movement – Genetic Literacy Project

Part One of this essay on the evolution of anti-GMO activism ended with an introduction to the book The Rhetoric of Reaction by the development economist
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