Monthly Archives: February 2011

BIO Comments to USTR on 2011 Special 301 Review

BIO Comments to USTR on 2011 Special 301 Review (February 15, 2011) In comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), BIO stresses the critical importance of protecting intellectual property abroad and made recommendations about which countries to include on the Priority Watch and Watch List, which to elevate as a Priority Foreigh Country, and which countries to monitor. Read the Comments (link to http://bio.org/pdfs/BIO_2011_Special_301_Submission.pdf) Read the Press Release (link to http://bio.org/news/pressreleases/newsitem.asp?id=2011_0221_01)

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World’s Farmers Favor Biotech Crops

Because of its contribution to agricultural productivity and sustainable farming, growers around the world continue to choose biotech crop varieties according to a report released today by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).  The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a record 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 366 million acres.   According to the report’s executive summary, a record 87-fold increase in Read More >

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Don’t Panic Over Biotech Alfalfa

The Atlantic published a piece authored by James McWilliams, Associate Professor of history at Texas State University and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. The USDA’s recent decision to (re)deregulate genetically modified (GM) alfalfa has sent a shock wave of panic through the organic foods industry because organic farmers (who produce between .5 and 1 percent of the nation’s alfalfa) believe their product could be Read More >

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AAAS Meeting to Feature Session on GM Crop Regulations

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, February 17-21, hosting nearly 8,000 attendees for symposia, lectures, seminars, workshops, and poster sessions that cover every area of science, technology, and education. A symposium titled “GM Crop Regulations: Safety Net or Insurmountable Obstacle?” will be presented on Friday, February 18. This session will address the two prime reasons why fresh market and specialty GM foodstuffs Read More >

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2011, The Year of Positive Thinking? BIO/IPREO Study Reveals High Hopes for the Industry

BIO CEO’s closing plenary session featured plenty of crystal ball gazing and candid quips about what 2011 has in store for the biotech industry.  While the panel provided an in-depth look at how buy-side and sell-side analysts evaluate the industry, the BIO/IPREO Investor Perception Study reveals that the majority of investors believe biotech is headed in the right direction.  Access full study deck here: BIO CEO – IPREO Biotech Investor Perception Study The study also reveals that Read More >

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