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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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  Posting date: July 17, 2017
Review Finds GM Plants Have Adverse Environmental Impacts
A review of scientific literature on the environmental risks of GM plants has found evidence of adverse impacts on the environment such as the emergence of herbicide and insecticide tolerance, and disturbed biodiversity.
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  Posting date: June 07, 2017
First Study to Link Glyphosate Use to Declines in Monarch Butterfly Populations
New research provides the first empirical evidence linking glyphosate application and reductions in the populations of monarch butterflies in Illinois, USA, during the period 1994-2003, the initial phase of large-scale GM herbicide-resistant crops.
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  Posting date: March 28, 2017
Adverse Effects of Glyphosate on the Soil and Environment After 20 Years
After 20 years of intensive use, research finds that glyphosate and its primary metabolite AMPA are frequently detected in ground and surface waters and in some marine environments, with adverse effects on biological organisms and their functions.
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  Posting date: March 14, 2017
GM Herbicide-Resistant Crops Have Adverse Impacts on Biodiversity
A technical report by the German, Austrian and Swiss governments on GM herbicide-resistant crops shows that they have not increased yields, but instead have increased herbicide use and have damaging impacts on biodiversity.
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  Posting date: November 15, 2016
2,4-D and Dicamba Found to Have Lethal and Sub-lethal Effects on Lady Beetles
As weeds develop resistance to glyphosate, GM crops resistant to the 2,4-D and dicamba are poised to enter the market. However, these herbicides and the formulations containing them can cause lethal and sublethal effects on beneficial insects.
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