Author Archive: Ab Basu

Ab Basu

Ab Basu is BIO’s Managing Director for State Affairs, where he has worked for nearly ten years as an expert and calming voice in the emotionally charged debate around ag biotech.  He is committed to protecting farmers’ and growers’ rights to use technology to better provide the safe, abundant and affordable products that feed, fuel and heal the world.  Ab lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.

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Pro-GMO Labeling Business Faces Own Labeling Dilemma

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 “Dr. Bronner’s should spend more time worrying about their own labels.” The Center for Consumer Freedom recently published an interesting piece on Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and his run in with the FDA.  You may know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is an outspoken advocate of the scientifically suspect “GMO labeling” movement.  In a warning letter to the company, the FDA states: “Based on our review of the product label, we have determined that your product is promoted for conditions that Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Industry Takes a Devastating Hit from Hurricane Isselle

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With winds in excess of 60 mph, much of Hawaii experienced significant fallout from Hurricane Isselle.  Most notably, Hawaii’s papaya industry was most impacted by Isselle experiencing shattering commodity losses. The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) preliminary report shows that: The Papaya Industry has sustained damage to 60% of its production and is the most severely impacted crop; Over the next 24+ months the Industry will lose $56 Million dollars;  Total loss and damage to Read More >

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Like Dominoes they Fall – the GMO Labeling Bills Nationwide.

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Last week, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called the state legislature) went into recess. While it is a year-round legislature, bills not passed by the end of last week are now considered dead. This would include the GMO labeling bill which proponents only weeks earlier had proclaimed to be supported by the majorities of both the House and Senate. However, a large coalition of agricultural and food organizations spent several months Read More >

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The ‘What’s the Point’ Category for GMO Labeling Bills

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Lawmakers have so much work to do, and few days left in which to do it. Formal sessions will end July 31. These bills and a slew of others should be organized under a new heading: ‘Don’t Bother.’ –The Boston Herald “A Back Burner Beckons,” July 21, 2014 Vermont has recently passed a state law that requires food manufacturers to label certain foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Vermont’s next door neighbor, Massachusetts, has similar Read More >

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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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