Farmer’s perspective: In defense of judicious use of agricultural pesticides – Genetic Literacy Project

I’m no stranger to the controversy that surrounds pesticide use. However, I’d love a chance to explain the benefits I see and my thoughts on the negative perceptions.
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Viewpoint: No, trace pesticides do not make fruits and vegetables unhealthy – Genetic Literacy Project

A recent article in the French daily Le Monde speaks of a study with “impressive” conclusions. Reading it, there is reason to be worried since it does
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/06/27/viewpoint-no-trace-pesticides-do-not-make-fruits-and-vegetables-unhealthy/

‘Organic label doesn’t always mean safer,’ study finds: Spinosad insecticide more damaging to beneficial insects than synthetic imidacloprid neonicotinoid banned in Europe – Genetic Literacy Project

Very low concentrations of the popular organic insecticide spinosad have profound effects on beneficial insect species, including vision loss and neurodegeneration, new research led by the University of Melbourne has found.The study, published in ELife, used the vinegar fly Drosophila to analyse the impact of chronic exposure to low concentrations (0.2 parts per million) of spinosad and the resulting physiological impacts on the brain and other tissues.Spinosad is commonly used to control insect pests including thrips, leafminers, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants and fruit flies, in both commercial and domestic settings.“Within a matter of 20 days, tiny doses of spinosad can have an alarming impact on the brains of adult Drosophila. Observing sections of brain tissue under microscope demonstrated there was an average of 17 per cent of the fly brains destroyed due to exposure,” said Dr Felipe Martelli from Monash University, who completed this work as part of his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
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Viewpoint: Claiming natural pesticides are ‘good’ and synthetic pesticides are ‘bad’ misses the science — it’s the dose that matters – Genetic Literacy Project

Some folks rave about food grown organically, erroneously thinking no pesticides were used in its production, whereas food grown with conventional
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Viewpoint: ‘There is nothing chemical-free’ — Organic foods and farming present numerous unacknowledged hazards – Genetic Literacy Project

Alexandra Correia: What do you think when you hear “chemical free product”? Nuno Maulide: I always say it’s a sentence with little information. There is
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/10/21/viewpoint-there-is-nothing-chemical-free-organic-foods-and-farming-present-numerous-unacknowledged-hazards/

Organic food health time bomb? Carcinogenic organic pesticide copper sulfate used to grow wine grapes, potatoes and tomatoes found in ‘almost entire French population and in particular children’ – Genetic Literacy Project

The exceptional climatic conditions of this year caused a rapid spread of mildew over a large part of the French vineyard, on potato crops in the North of
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Viewpoint: Organic lobbyists show ‘sheer hypocrisy’ opposing UK emergency authorization of neonicotinoid sugar beet seed treatments — while supporting environmental waiver for ‘acutely toxic’ copper sulfate | Genetic Literacy Project

The Government was right to make provision for a temporary and limited derogation for the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatment Cruiser SB on sugar beet for the 2021 season,
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Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate | Genetic Literacy Project

As the benefits of biotechnology come to fruition, people are letting go of the dated view that we should be suspicious of chemicals and afraid of genetic
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/04/19/podcast-should-farmers-embrace-natural-organic-chemicals-to-replace-synthetic-inputs-moving-beyond-the-outdated-debate/

Podcast: Should farmers embrace ‘natural’ organic chemicals to replace ‘synthetic’ inputs? Moving beyond the outdated debate | Genetic Literacy Project

As the benefits of biotechnology come to fruition, people are letting go of the dated view that we should be suspicious of chemicals and afraid of genetic
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/04/19/podcast-should-farmers-embrace-natural-organic-chemicals-to-replace-synthetic-inputs-moving-beyond-the-outdated-debate/