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Nature: The Original Chemist

We frequently see a contrast drawn between what is “natural” and what is “chemical.” Sometimes...

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...

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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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The most desirable cotton is distinguished by having extra-long staple fibers (Egyptian, Pima) and such cotton commands a price premium. But as the cotton moves around the world, and through the fabric value chain, there is the potential for it to be diluted with or fraudulently replaced with lower price, lower quality materials.

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.”