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Comparing effects of herbicides, fertilizers, and tillage on the soil

Posted by Andrew McGuire | December 8, 2016
In a past post, I argued for the use of an herbicide instead of tillage to kill a soil-building cover crop. My post was mostly…

FY15 BIOAg Request For Proposals released

Posted by Chad Kruger | September 25, 2014
This week, CSANR released its annual BIOAg Program request for proposals for new research and extension projects. The RFP can be found here. This competitive…

New Meta-Analysis Identifies Three Significant Benefits Associated With Organically Grown Plant-Based Foods

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | July 11, 2014
There have been four progressively rigorous meta-analyses published since 2009 focusing on differences in the nutritional quality and safety of organic versus conventional food. The…

Will Second-Generation Herbicide-Tolerant Crops Dominate the Weed Management Toolbox?

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | June 30, 2014
Problems triggered by the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in corn, soybean, and cotton country continue to worsen. An industry source recently projected that 70 million…

Pesticide Residues in Organic Food — Delivering on a Promise

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | June 3, 2014
Avoiding pesticide exposure and risks remains the #1 reason most people choose organic food. This is not likely to change until there is convincing data…

Reflections on the Science Breakthrough of the Year

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | February 27, 2014
In its December 20, 2013 issue, the journal Science identified cancer immunotherapy as the science breakthrough of the year.  An editorial by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief…

A wrong decision for the right reason?

Posted by David Granatstein | April 24, 2013
A couple of weeks ago Dr. Jeff Ullman, formerly of WSU, gave a provocative seminar on the fate of various constituents of pharmaceuticals and personal…

Treating Tree Fever

Posted by David Granatstein | April 2, 2013
Organic tree fruit growers face a dilemma. The disease fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, can infect apple and pear trees primarily through…

Impacts of Organic Food on Infants and Children – The AAP Weighs In

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | October 22, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy paper entitled “Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages” on October 22, 2012.  It is…

Hard lessons emerge from new study on the impacts of GE crops on pesticide use

Posted by Chuck Benbrook | October 2, 2012
I have worked for many years on pesticide use, risks, and regulation, as well as the design, implementation, and benefits of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)…
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