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As Midterm Elections Near Some Voters Will Have to Decide on More Than Who Will Control the State’s Legislature

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As we close in on the “midterm” elections, not only will voters decide which parties will control the states’ legislatures but many will be asked to vote on contentious ballot initiatives. Colorado and Oregon each have statewide ballot initiatives pending that would force food companies to label any products derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). In Maui County, Hawaii (including the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and in Humboldt County, California, voters will decide Read More >

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BIO Members Receive 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

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Today, BIO announced that two of its member companies, Amyris and Solazyme, Inc., have received awards in the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for industrial biotechnology applications that produce farnesene and algae oils. Green Chemistry or sustainable chemistry aims to design and produce cost-competitive chemical products and processes that reduce pollution at the source.  Specifically, it minimizes or eliminates the hazards of chemical feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and products.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that industrial Read More >

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Patent Cases Down by 40% in 2014

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The number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. This trend has some questioning whether Congressional patent reform is even necessary. Some legal experts are attributing this drop to the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Alice vs. CLS Bank decision. In June, SCOTUS ruled in the case of Alice that certain subject matter which had been patentable (a computer-implemented Read More >

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This Week in “Get to Know GMOs” Month

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For the month of October GMO Answers will be engaging online and across social media to help consumers Get to Know GMOs and better understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture. As others promote activities opposing GMOs throughout the month, we’ll be correcting common misconceptions and introducing consumers to those who create and grow GMO crops. From ABC to CBS, the need for basic GMO education was made very clear on TV this week! The timing couldn’t be Read More >

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What’s Your Food Day Story?  

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Many events celebrating food and agriculture are taking place around the world during the month of October. October 16 is World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is using World Food Day to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers with its theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the earth.” On October 17, eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, will be awarded the 2014 Read More >

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