Monthly Archives: July 2014

A GE Papaya Farmer from Hawaii Shares his Story at BIO 2014

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BIO held its 2014 International Convention in San Diego, CA, June 23-26. This year BIO invited guests from Hawaii who shared their stories on what it is like to be a GE papaya farmer right now in light of the recent ban on the cultivation of GMOs on the Big Island. You may remember the story of Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya which was genetically engineered to withstand the papaya ringspot virus. It is a story still Read More >

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House Ag Subcommittee Considers the Societal Benefits of Biotechnology

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“Organic farmers do not need to demonize conventional farmers, we are one agriculture,” opened Ranking Member. Kurt Schrader (OR-05). On July 9, 2014 at 10:00am, the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing “To consider the societal benefits of biotechnology”. Witnesses included: Dr. David Just, Professor, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, Read More >

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Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final rule describes EPA’s evaluation of cellulosic biofuels derived from biogas. While a step in the right direction, this doesn’t address the current backlog of new renewable fuel applications currently in the pipeline. In the past four years, the Read More >

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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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Will We Ever Have Genetically Modified Meat?

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Currently, there are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption on the market, reports Popular Science. As you might have guessed, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology or safety; it’s because of the politics. GM foods are deeply unpopular as of now, and GM food animals are especially so. After reading an article concerning GM animals from The Scientist showing how effective they can be, Read More >

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