Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Farmer Talks About the Burdensome Costs of GMO Labeling

GMO Answers

Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietitian, has a wonderful blog titled the The Foodie Farmer Blog, which regularly engages readers in robust conversations about food and farming. A post from Schmidt titled The Costs of GMO Labeling was recently posted to our GMO Answers site as she provides a great pictorial analysis of the food supply chain – from her farm gate to storage – and the cost implications of labeling GMOs on this Read More >

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Driving Innovation through Federal Investments

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

Today, BIO submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the importance of driving innovation through federal investments. Below are highlights of our written testimony. NIH:  A Driver of the Innovation Pipeline We must continue to invest in scientific discovery.  NIH-supported biomedical research builds the foundation of scientific and clinical knowledge that is widely communicated and used to improve the treatment of patients and underpin the development of new diagnostics, treatments, vaccines, and cures. Read More >

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BIO Announces a Special Preconference Workshop: Outlook on Federal Policy

World Congress

BIO President & CEO James Greenwood to moderate panel discussion with biotech companies  Recent passage of the Farm Bill, uncertainty about tax reform and potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are all issues that could impact future growth of the industrial biotechnology sector. These issues and more will be discussed during BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology’s pre-conference Workshop, “U.S. Policy Outlook: From the RFS to Tax Reform to Farm Bill Implementation – Read More >

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Scientific Community Weighs in on GMO Labeling

CAST

Requiring special labeling for food products containing GMO ingredients could have a number of negative impacts according to a report released today by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States” (CAST Issue Paper 54) examines arguments for and against labels, the costs involved with labeling, and experiences in countries that use mandatory labeling. Led by Task Force Chair Dr. Alison Read More >

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Celebrate Vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

CDC/ Judy Schmidt

Each year, during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), communities across the United States work to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, the 20th anniversary of the event, NIIW is being held April 26 – May 3. When the NIIW observance was established in 1994, immunization programs were facing significant challenges. The nation was in Read More >

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