A judge just dismissed efforts to stop pesticides and GMO crops from being used in wildlife refuges

Salon spoke with experts who discussed the ecological consequences of the federal court's decision.

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Journalism’s Gates keepers

As philanthropists increasingly fill in the funding gaps at news organizations—a role that is almost certain to expand in the media downturn following the coronavirus pandemic—an underexamined worry is how this will affect the ways newsrooms report on their benefactors. Nowhere does this concern loom larger than with the Gates Foundation.


Florida Keys to be first in U.S. to launch modified mosquito trial

A geographic location has yet to be identified, and the trial will begin after Jan. 1, 2021.


United States relaxes rules for biotech crops

A major change to U.S. regulation of biotech will exempt some gene-edited plants from government oversight.


Wash. state Supreme Court reinstates $18 million penalty against Grocery Manufacturers Association

The Washington state Supreme Court has reinstated a whopping $18 million judgment and penalty against one of America's most powerful corporate lobbies, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, for intentionally shielding names of food companies contributing millions to defeat a Washington ballot initiative.


GMOs are an ally in a changing climate

If we want to feed a growing population without fueling global warming, we need to redefine what we think of as good food.

Superfund, meet super plants

Can the plant microbiome help clean up contaminated land?

BASF: Monsanto is a ‘fierce’ competitor, not a co-conspirator

"We didn't want to be exposed to Monsanto's losses," said Alyson Emanuel, a former vice president of global strategic marketing for herbicides.


Will a US-UK trade deal leave us with a plateful of problems?

You may or may not mind chicken dipped in chlorine, but there is far more at stake, for the consumer, the farmers and the ecosystem.


Can cover crops save Florida's citrus?

Citrus greening has devastated the Sunshine State’s orange industry. Researchers and pioneering farmers see cover crops as a road to recovery.

Genetically engineered salmon are growing in the Heartland

AquAdvantage Salmon are the first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption in the U.S.


‘Post-chemical world’ takes shape as agribusiness pursues greener alternatives

Agribusiness is increasingly turning to natural and sustainable alternatives to chemicals as consumers rebuff genetically modified foods and concerns grow over Big Ag’s role in climate change.

Fears new spray-on chemical technique in 'leading edge science' could spawn biological weapons

Two experts fear it will result in untrackable genetic modifications and even biological weaponry.

Understanding what makes a food ‘organic'

They need to follow stringent USDA standards. A close look at the five products: milk, salads, eggs, health bars and bread.

Public science for private interests: How University of Missouri agricultural research cultivates profits for industry

Industry's stake in the system is clear. Companies gain the expertise and credibility of renowned plant science experts, University Extension experts who Missouri farmers trust. What's not so clear is how the public benefits.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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