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3 New Studies Link Bee Decline To Bayer Pesticide

Tom Philpott | Mother Jones | March 29, 2014

It's springtime, and farmers throughout the Midwest and South are preparing to plant corn—and lots of it. The USDA projects this year's corn crop will cover 94 million acres, the most in 68 years. [...] Nearly all of that immense stand of corn will be planted with seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides produced by the German chemical giant Bayer. Read More »

A Pledge That Promises To Keep Seeds Free For All To Use

Zoe Loftus-Farren | Earth Island Journal | July 22, 2014

...Inspired by the concept of open source software, a group of plant scientists and food activists, led by the University of Wisconsin, have launched the Open Source Seed Initiative – a campaign to protect the right of farmers, plant breeders and gardeners to share seeds freely...

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Big Pharma Companies Open Up Cancer Trial Comparator Arm Data

Nick Paul Taylor | Fierce Biotech IT | April 11, 2014

A lot has changed in clinical trial transparency since Project Data Sphere outlined plans to share cancer results in 2012, with the European law voted in last week then still a distant threat. Even so, Pfizer ($PFE), Sanofi ($SNY) and the other groups behind the initiative think it still offers something different now that it has belatedly launched.

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Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

Dan Munro | Forbes.com | April 8, 2014

In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry.  The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data for use in cancer research.

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Big Pharma Won’t Let Your Doctor Forget Your Next Shot

Rachel Feltman | Quartz | May 3, 2014

The pharmaceutical company Merck wants to make sure you get your recommended vaccinations on time, and not just for your own good. The company’s partnership with Practice Fusion, the largest online platform for electronic medical record management in the US, will provide physicians with reminders when their patients are due for a vaccination by the Centers for Disease Control’s standards...

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CEO Roundtable On Cancer Launches The Project Data Sphere Initiative, A New Data Sharing And Analytic Platform For Cancer Patient Benefit

Press Release | CEO Roundtable on Cancer , SAS, Sage Bionetworks | April 8, 2014

Project Data Sphere, LLC (PDS), an independent not-for-profit initiative of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s Life Sciences Consortium (LSC), announced today the launch of a new data sharing platform (www.ProjectDataSphere.org), with the goal of advancing research to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families around the world...

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Did Scientists Just Solve The Bee Collapse Mystery?

Tom Philpott | Mother Jones | May 20, 2014

It's a hard-knock life, scouring the landscape for pollen to sustain a beehive. Alight upon the wrong field, and you might encounter fungicides, increasingly used on corn and soybean crops, and shown to harm honeybees at tiny levels. [...] Read More »

Drugs Companies Buy NHS Patient Data, Register Reveals

James Edgar | The Telegraph | April 3, 2014

Some of world's biggest pharmaceutical companies have bought NHS patient data, a new register has revealed.  Drugs corporations including Bayer, Baxter, AstraZeneca and Roche are among dozens of private firms sold information, as well as Bupa, the healthcare provider.

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Follow The Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies Are Spinning The Bee Crisis

Michele Simon | Civil Eats | April 28, 2014

If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Two-thirds of our food crops require pollination–the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating–such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious decline in bee populations is getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving them. Read More »

How "Open Source" Seed Producers from the U.S. to India Are Changing Global Food Production

Rachel Cernansky | Ensia | December 12, 2016

Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton’s work was limited only by his imagination and by how many different kinds of lettuce he could get his hands on. But in the early 2000s, he started noticing more and more lettuces were patented, meaning he would not be able to use them for breeding...

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How Monsanto’s GMO Creations Caused 291,000 Suicides In India

Mike Barrett | Natural Society | November 17, 2014

It is no secret that Monsanto is making life difficult for countless farmers in America with its parented seeds...But did you know that Monsanto is also leading hundreds of thousands of farmers to suicide?...

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Pharmaceutical CEO Says His Cancer-Fighting Drugs Aren't For Poor People

Vivian Giang | PolicyMic | January 27, 2014

Big pharmaceutical companies constantly compete with one another to come up with the next "superstar" life-saving drug. But when the cure becomes a means of making money rather than a way to save lives, maybe they should refocus their mission statements.

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The Case Of The Vanishing Bees

Tom Turner | Earthjustice | May 2, 2014

Pesticides & The Perfect Crime: In the widespread bee die-offs, bees often just vanish. One beekeeper calls it the Perfect Crime—no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees. What's happening to the bees? Read More »

U.K. Health Service Sold Patient Data To Drug Companies

Staff Writer | iHealth Beat | April 7, 2014

Some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies have purchased patient data from the United Kingdom's National Health Service, according to a new registry, the London Telegraph reports.  The registry comes shortly after the Telegraph reported that the NHS Information Centre improperly sold hospital data covering 47 million patients over 13 years to the insurance industry.

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US Honeybee Population Suffers 'Unsustainable' Death Rate Over The Winter

Staff Writer | RT | May 16, 2014

Nearly one quarter of the US honeybee population died over the winter, according to an annual survey. Beekeepers report the losses remain higher than they consider sustainable, and the death rate could soon affect the country’s food supply. Read More »