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  Posting date: December 19, 2018
Glyphosate and Bt Proteins Toxic to Stingless Bees
A study has found that two Bt proteins and the herbicide glyphosate are highly toxic to the stingless bee, causing lethal or sublethal effects which can severely impair colony growth and viability, and reduce pollination ability.
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  Posting date: December 18, 2018
The Impact of Glyphosate on Soil Health
This report reviews studies of the impact of glyphosate to soil health and finds evidence of harm to soil fauna such as microbes, fungi and earthworms, along with risks of pollution of water bodies.
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  Posting date: October 02, 2018
Glyphosate Shown to Increase Honeybee Susceptibility to Infections
A new study has shown that glyphosate, widely used with GM herbicide-resistant crops, damages the good bacteria in honeybee guts, making them more prone to deadly infections.
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  Posting date: September 06, 2018
Glyphosate-Resistant Plants Show High Potential for Environmental Spread
Research has revealed that where there is gene flow from GE glyphosate-resistant plants into natural populations, the offspring may have increased fitness to spread into the environment.
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  Posting date: June 29, 2018
Extensive Phenotypic Differences Between GE and Non-GE Cultivated Plants
A meta-analysis of genetic data on wild, GMO and non-GMO cultivated varieties of rice, canola, maize, sunflower, and pumpkin found significant and unintended phenotypic effects, suggesting consequences of genetic modification beyond the target trait(s).
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  Posting date: January 19, 2018
GM Crops Drive Increased Pesticide Use in Brazil
The adoption of GM crops in Brazil has led to an increase in pesticide use with possible increases in environmental and human exposure and associated negative impacts.
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  Posting date: December 29, 2017
CRISPR Gene Drives Equivalent to Creating a New, Highly Invasive Species
Two journal articles spell out why current CRISPR-based gene drives are too risky for field and even lab experimentation because they are remarkably aggressive and are likely to spread to most populations of the target species throughout the world.
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  Posting date: September 13, 2017
Study Questions Sustainability of GM Soy Production in Argentina
This study finds a conflict between the so-called success of the “soybeanization” of Argentinian agriculture in terms of production and profit records, and the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of this model of production.
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  Posting date: July 26, 2017
The High Costs of Pesticides to Society
A review of scientific evidence about the impact of organic food on human health reveals that pesticides in food leads to loss of lifetime income due to lower IQs associated with prenatal exposure, and recommends organic agriculture for better health.
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  Posting date: July 26, 2017
Climate Change Can Increase Spread and Hardiness of Bt-Resistant Crop Pests
Two studies examine the impacts of climate change on insect resistance to Bt crops, finding accelerated spread of Bt-resistant pests in the US and increased tolerance to cold temperatures in China.
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