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The Many Ways Farmers Control Pests

The post originally appeared on the Putting Pesticides in Perspective (PPIP) Blog on...

Enjoying Genetically Modified Beauty

On Memorial Day my sister and brother-in-law took me to visit an extraordinary commercial nursery...

10,000 New Reasons Not To Worry About Pesticide Residues

Each year, the farmers around the world who produce our food (fruits, vegetables, grains) get the...

How DNA Can Fight Fabric Fraud

The most desirable cotton is distinguished by having extra-long staple fibers (Egyptian, Pima)...

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Trained as a plant pathologist (Ph.D. UC Davis 1982), I've worked now for >30 years in many aspects of agricultural technology (Colorado State Univ., DuPont, Mycogen, independent consultant).... Read More »

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A honey bee visits and apple blossom.  It may someday 

This warning in the London "Tube" could apply to organic farming

A deadline passed on Oct. 3 for countries in the EU to opt out of future "GMO Crop" planting approvals.

A scientist named Kevin Folta at the University of Florida has been one of a broader group of public researchers who have come under hostile, Freedom Of Information Act scrutiny with the goal of demonstrating “ties to industry.” 

I’m generally optimistic about the ability of the world’s farmers to continue to feed the growing population, and also to satisfy the increased food demand of the growing middle class in previously poor countries. That hope is based on the amazing track record of innovation by farmers and their technological supporters that I have witnessed over the past four decades. I do, however, have some significant concerns about trends and factors that may compromise the farming enterprise over the next critical decades.