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Agricultural Coexistence: We All Can Get Along

James Brewbaker

On March 12-13, 2015, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance the understanding of agricultural coexistence. Coexistence is not a safety issue. Agricultural Coexistence is the practice of concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops in the same vicinity without becoming comingled and thereby possibly compromising the economic value of each crop. The Workshop will discuss opportunities for making coexistence Read More >

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Consumer Reports Does Consumers No Favors

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Like most people, I enjoy Consumer Reports for their ability to provide fact-based product reviews when I’m shopping for a new toaster or a computer or a car.  So it’s disheartening to learn that Consumer Reports‘ advice isn’t always fact-based. Take, for example, their recent article “GMO foods: What you need to know.”  I wish the title of this was “GMO foods: What Consumers Union wants you to believe.”  Consumers Union – as noted in Read More >

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We Need Your Input: BIO Survey on Effective FDA-Sponsor Communication

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BIO is surveying members and non-members on their interactions with the FDA during the various stages of drug development prior to submitting an NDA/BLA. The survey can be accessed here. Why is it important for you to share your feedback? In an increasingly competitive and fiscally-constrained environment, it is more important than ever for all stakeholders to work together to promote effective R&D for innovative medicines. In this BIO BuzzCenter video, Alnylam’s Dr. John Maraganore Read More >

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The Perfect Close

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With a fast and furious finish, yesterday, March 2nd, the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) closed at 5,008.10, marking the third day in history with a close above 5,000. Since 95% of US publicly traded biotech companies are listed on the Nasdaq exchange, the team at BIO couldn’t help but join the excitement. Back in 2000, the Nasdaq index was flourishing with dot coms. At that point there was no Facebook or Netflix and Google wasn’t public. Read More >

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GMO Answers Highlights the Potential of GM Varieties for non-GM Commodity Crops

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Each week in February, GMO Answers highlighted a different commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 looked at corn, soybean and cotton.  Week 4 explored a few commodity crops that are non-GM, including cassava, peanuts and rice, and the potential for GM varieties of these crops. Cassava Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, provides basic sustenance for over half a billion people…According to a study Read More >

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