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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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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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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California GMO Labeling Bill Fails; Means Win for Consumers

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Patrick McGreevy of The Los Angeles Times reported on SB 1381, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This bill would establish a requirement for companies to disclose if foods sold in California are “genetically engineered” (for raw commodities) to “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (for processed foods). McGreevy reaffirmed that the California GMO labeling bill failed in the Senate, 19-16, “just two votes short of the majority Read More >

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Jackson County GMO Cultivation Ban Isn’t Really About Contamination

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A recent piece by Xiao Zhi Lim of the Genetic Literacy Project notably counters contamination arguments made by organic farmers in Jackson County, Oregon. Her article “Oregon counties vote on measures to ban GMO farming to guard organic farmers from ‘contamination’” examines how these false concerns have helped organic farmers stifle their competition. In Oregon’s May 20 primary election, “the spotlight was on Jackson County” while residents passed Measure 15-119 which ultimately bans the cultivation Read More >

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