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  Posting date: August 30, 2018
Serious Shortcomings in U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology and Pesticide Regulation
This paper describes how and why U.S. regulators have lost track and control of pesticide risks. Shortcomings in agricultural biotechnology and pesticide regulation are identified, with suggested solutions. However, the costs to society remain sizeable.
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  Posting date: August 20, 2018
Oregon Farmers Struggle to Control GE Bentgrass
GE bentgrass tolerant to Roundup is growing extensively in Malheur County, Oregon, creating huge problems for farmers who cannot control it, and exposing weaknesses in the oversight of GE plants and field testing in the United States.
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  Posting date: July 03, 2017
EPA Called to Start Monitoring Synergistic Effects of Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General has released a report recommending that before approving pesticides, the agency should first assess the enhanced toxicity caused by interactions of pesticide mixtures.
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  Posting date: February 02, 2017
Major Upcoming Developments in the USDA's Regulatory System on GMOs
The USDA is in the process of introducing new GMO disclosure laws and instituting fundamental changes to how it assesses and regulates GM plants as pests/noxious weeds.
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  Posting date: February 02, 2017
Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days
His first days in office indicate that President Trump intends to implement what he promised, with serious consequences for the future of the UN, trade, the environment and international cooperation, and developing countries will be most affected.
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  Posting date: December 28, 2016
Organic Agriculture Maintains Its Exclusion of All GM Technologies
The organic movement is expanding its stand on the exclusion of GM from organic systems, to include new technologies like synthetic biology and new plant breeding techniques.
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  Posting date: July 14, 2016
Gene-edited Crops in the USA Slipping through the Regulatory Net
In the USA, the first CRISPR-edited crops may now be cultivated and sold without oversight by the regulatory agency, despite concerns persisting about their health and environmental risks.
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  Posting date: June 14, 2016
U.S. Review of GE Crops Calls for Greater Public Accountability
A U.S. review of GM crops has found the need for greater public accountability regarding health and safety aspects.
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  Posting date: February 17, 2016
GE Alfalfa Found Growing Wild in West USA
A USDA study confirms that GE alfalfa has dispersed beyond cultivated fields in alfalfa-growing parts of western USA, calling into question its "coexistence" policy between GE and non-GE crops.
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  Posting date: December 10, 2015
Are GM Crops and Foods Well Regulated
Canada has approved the commercialisation of GMOs for 20 years now. This report examines and critiques Canada's biosafety regulatory system.
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