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Massive Rise in Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Massive Rise in Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

Herbicides containing glyphosate are the most heavily used worldwide. A comprehensive account of the use of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) is available in an article published by Environmental Sciences Europe in February 2016 (1). This article examines the last 40 years of GBH use. Data sources on US applications of glyphosate include the US Department of…

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Are GMOs contributing to the rise in chronic health conditions in our children?

Are GMOs contributing to the rise in chronic health conditions in our children?

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

Through sanitation, better nutrition, medical care and many other advances, we naturally expect that children’s health should continually improve over time. However, this has not been the case in recent years. Many childhood diseases are on the rise and the rate of change is too rapid to be explained by genetic change. Thus, we turn…

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Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods

Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

In the US, genetically engineered (GE) organisms are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agricultural (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since the first commercialization of GE foods, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has produced three major reports addressing the applications, risks, and benefits of GE…

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Genetic Engineering: Far-Reaching Biomedical Uses in Modern Society

Genetic Engineering: Far-Reaching Biomedical Uses in Modern Society

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

Since the discovery of the structure of DNA and of the fact that one could engineer bacteria, plants, and animals using “recombinant” techniques to express genes moved from other organisms, much of biology and genetics research has been transformed. This remarkable technology has attracted billions in investment by private companies and confronted society with exciting…

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Top Concerns About Glyphosate Include Birth Defects and Cancer

Top Concerns About Glyphosate Include Birth Defects and Cancer

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the systemic herbicide formulation Roundup®, as well as in several generic “glyphosate-based herbicides” (GBHs). These herbicides are applied around the world to most of the acres where genetically engineered (GE) crops are grown, and glyphosate is now the most heavily used pesticide active ingredient in the world. In fact,…

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How We Read Scientific Studies

How We Read Scientific Studies

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

The science of genetic engineering is rapidly evolving, and it is changing the environment, agriculture and food manufacturing and consumption in profound ways. New applications of existing tools to genetically modify plants and animals are under development around the world. Novel and more precise genetic engineering methods will open new horizons for commercial applications, while…

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Are all forms of Bt toxin safe?

Are all forms of Bt toxin safe?

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

There are many types of Bt toxin in the wild and in genetically engineered plants; research has raised safety concerns relating to some of them. Declaring them all safe is premature, and here’s why. Thus far, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that all Bt endotoxins expressed in genetically engineered (GE) plants meet the…

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Super Weeds and Herbicide – Tolerant Genetically Engineered Crops

Super Weeds and Herbicide – Tolerant Genetically Engineered Crops

Last Updated: May 9th, 2018

By Belinda Martineau, PhD Some Ag-Biotech history Twenty years ago, before crops genetically engineered to be herbicide-tolerant were commercially available, one of the big concerns environmentalists had about the use of agricultural biotechnology was that it would lead to “super weeds.” Their apprehension stemmed from biotech products in the industrial pipeline at the time, such…

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