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Of the many lies spread about Monsanto over the years, perhaps none is so malevolent as the claim that the seed giant is to blame for farmer suicides in India. This falsehood, spread by anti-biotechnology activists like Vandana Shiva but debunked a couple of years ago, is still parroted by credulous left-wing outlets such as Think Progress and supposedly credible news sites like Deutsche Welle1

Now, a thorough study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health has...

01MOTHS-master675The diamondback moth, merely a rare nuisance decades ago, has become over the past sixty years one of the most feared, devastating pest scourges for America's farmers. They (actually, their very hungry caterpillar progeny) feast off cabbage, broccoli, kale and the like, costing farmers around the world over $5 billion per annum. And, worse still, they readily adapt to a plethora of chemical pesticides, requiring alternating applications of multiple

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Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 1.45.33 PMWe've been saying for years that the anti-GMO folks haven't a scientific leg to stand on that their stance is based on irrational fears of anything they think is "unnatural." Now an article in the Washington Post points out, once again, how basically haphazard and irrational that stance is.

Those who have been following the anti-GMO movement have surely heard of Bt, short for Bacillus thuringiensis...

FeedingTheWorldMark Lynas has had a long history of anti-GMO activism, sometimes in affiliation with well-known anti-science NGOs like Greenpeace. He admitted, in the op-ed, that he had participated in the vandalism inherent in tearing up experimental plantings of GMO crops a practice for which he now apologizes and condemns. His particular expertise over the past decade has been in advocating for measures to rein in climate change, or man-made global warming, as it s also known.

Once he undertook a self-education mission to get evidence-based information about GMOs, he basically did an about face, and now has...