Interest groups have become so hardened in their views about which types of agriculture benefit the environment that the fact that some COVID vaccines have been developed using genetic engineering is unlikely to change minds about the technology’s benefits, an industry advocate says.
The coronavirus pandemic was top of mind for nearly every aspect of the global economy in 2020, and farm policy stakeholders were keeping a close eye on Agri-Pulse’s coverage of the virus and legislative efforts to lessen its blow throughout the year.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to register dicamba for use on soybeans and cotton is facing another lawsuit from the same groups that succeeded in convincing an appeals court to vacate registrations earlier this year.
More than 90% of endangered species are “likely to be adversely affected” by use of glyphosate, but mostly through non-agricultural uses, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a biological evaluation of the impacts of the herbicide released Wednesday.
Farm organizations pushed back in support of glyphosate as an environmentally-friendly product, but Attorney General Xavier Becerra is challenging a recent federal court decision barring Proposition 65 cancer warnings.
Three law firms who represent thousands of plaintiffs in Roundup litigation against Bayer have told the court overseeing the settlement process that they now have agreements with the company, signaling progress is being made to resolve the litigation.