Category Archives: biotechnology

No, The UN Did Not Dismiss Pesticides as Unnecessary

The authors of this report unfortunately do the discussion on pesticide use a disservice by relying on hyperbole from activist organisations rather than focusing on peer-reviewed sources. Continue reading

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13. Glyphosate and The Environment

In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, question 13. looks at glyphosate and its impacts on farming methods and the environment. Even if glyphosate poses no risk for the consumers, perhaps its problems lie in the effects on the environment? Let’s look … Continue reading

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Environmental Impacts of Farming

The Swedish Food Agency (Svenska Livsmedelsverket SLV) recently published a report on a many-faceted breakdown of environmental effects in farming per one kilogram of farming product. This report was also discussed in an opinion piece in the Sweden’s largest newspaper, Dagens Nyheter (under the … Continue reading

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Monocultures – the Great Evil of Modern Ag?

Instead of adding to the cloud of confusion around farming with vague comments on the ills of monoculture, it would be far more fruitful to concentrate on understanding what actually lies behind the grand-sounding concept. Continue reading

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Myth: UN Calls for Small-Scale Organic Farming

A 2013 UNCTAD report is often falsely cited as UN endorsement of organic farming. The official stance of UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) paints a starkly different picture, promoting an inclusive approach based on science and evidence, not ideology. Continue reading

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