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Happy National Pollinator Week!

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While the biotech industry is up in Philadelphia at the BIO International Convention, people down here in D.C are celebrating birds, bats, bees, butterflies and many more pollinators because it is National Pollinator Week! The USDA is hosting the sixth annual Pollinator Festival outside of their headquarters on June 19th, so people can learn about their significance within the ecosystem. This festival is an enjoyable and great way to raise awareness of the declining populations. Read More >

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Honeybees, Butterflies, and Pesticides

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Honeybees and butterflies occupy a sensitive space in many peoples’ hearts, and it is no question that there is a call to action to help restore populations. Lawmakers and scientists are working on ways to restore the natural habitats of these pollinators; however, decisions should be dictated by scientific facts and not emotions. Sue McCrum, the President of American Agri-Women (AAW), recently released an opinion piece in response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy Read More >

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The White House Releases its Strategy for Restoring Pollinator Habitats

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Today, The White House released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships. AgriPulse covered the announcement: Other goals of the strategy are to reduce honey bee colony losses during the winter months to no more than 15 percent within 10 years, and to increase the Read More >

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Dr. Oz “Editing Down the Truth”

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On her Nurse Loves Farmer blog, Sarah Schultz discusses Dr. Oz’s recent broadcast criticizing pesticide use – glyphosate in particular – and Schultz discloses that she was asked by Oz producers to participate in that episode: “I will be completely honest that while I am so honored his producer reached out to me to talk a bit about agriculture, I was also hesitant because I know how Dr. Oz has showcased his opinions of agriculture Read More >

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“The Weight of Evidence Strongly Suggests that Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer.”

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In recent news, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it has labeled the widely used herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” to humans in its upcoming review of the product.  Unfortunately, since IARC is an agency of the World Health Organization, the report has been seen as having some credibility. However the report is not as accurate as it appears.  GMO Answers expert Dr. Michael Greenberg explains his post flaws within IARC’s findings: Read More >

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