US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising
US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising
The use of pesticides has decreased in the US by more than 40 percent since 1992, but the emergence of more-potent chemicals means that they are far more damaging to many species.
US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising
US Pesticide Use Is Down, but Damage to Pollinators Is Rising

The use of pesticides has decreased in the US by more than 40 percent since 1992, but the emergence of more-potent chemicals means that they are far more damaging to many species.

The use of pesticides has decreased in the US by more than 40 percent since 1992, but the emergence of more-potent chemicals means that they are far more damaging to many species.

GM crops
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
Shawna Williams | Oct 11, 2019
The FDA recently cleared the way for marketing of the genetically modified product. Texas A&M’s Keerti Rathore speaks with The Scientist about why and how it was developed.
Opinion: What You Believe about “Science Denial” May Be All Wrong
Opinion: What You Believe about “Science Denial” May Be All Wrong
Kari Fischer | Feb 11, 2019
A recent meeting about the disconnect between scientific and public beliefs points to ways researchers can improve how they communicate with skeptics.
Companies Use CRISPR to Improve Crops
Companies Use CRISPR to Improve Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2019
The agritech industry is editing plant genomes to feed a growing population, expand the produce aisle, and make tastier, more convenient food products.
Opinion: GE Crops Are Seen Through a Warped Lens
Opinion: GE Crops Are Seen Through a Warped Lens
Rod A. Herman, Nicholas P. Storer, Bryan Delaney | Feb 1, 2019
Risks that pertain to all manner of new crops are often misattributed to genetic engineering. This distorts the public’s view of the technology.
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2018
Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 13, 2018
An analysis of 40 years of data also finds declines in pest populations after the introduction of the GM crop.
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
RT and Sputnik publish stories about GMOs more often than US outlets, and typically portray them in a negative light.
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
Catherine Offord | Jan 18, 2018
Crops produced using mutagenic technologies such as CRISPR should generally be exempt from regulatory laws governing GMOs, according to the published opinion.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 13, 2017
Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.
Genetic Modification Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency
Genetic Modification Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency
Ruth Williams | Nov 17, 2016
Researchers enhance the photosynthetic yield of tobacco plants with genetic engineering.
Monsanto Buys Rights to CRISPR
Monsanto Buys Rights to CRISPR
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2016
The US agribusiness secures a global, nonexclusive licensing agreement from the Broad Institute to use the gene-editing technology for agricultural applications.
Bayer Looks to Buy Monsanto
Bayer Looks to Buy Monsanto
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2016
The US agribusiness behemoth agreed to a $57 billion buyout offer from the European pharmaceutical giant.
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Dov Greenbaum, Mark Gerstein | Aug 30, 2016
It behooves the scientific community to reflect on the public’s “Franken-” characterization of genetically modified foods.
Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill
Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill
Bob Grant | Jul 12, 2016
The legislation will now go to the US House of Representatives, where it will likely pass.
Nobel Laureates vs. Greenpeace
Nobel Laureates vs. Greenpeace
Bob Grant | Jun 30, 2016
Dozens of Nobel Prize winners pen an open letter, calling on the environmental organization to stop spreading false claims regarding genetically modified organisms.
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016
A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2016
Scientists perform plant-genome modifications on crops without using plasmids.
Scientists Oppose Scotland’s GM Crop Ban
Scientists Oppose Scotland’s GM Crop Ban
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 19, 2015
Researchers from across the U.K. draft a letter criticizing the recent decision to keep genetically modified crops out of Scotland.
Judge Decides on GM Rice Retraction
Judge Decides on GM Rice Retraction
Kerry Grens | Aug 3, 2015
Ethical breaches in a study on the benefits of so-called “golden rice” lead to the paper being pulled from the literature.