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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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As Midterm Elections Near Some Voters Will Have to Decide on More Than Who Will Control the State’s Legislature

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As we close in on the “midterm” elections, not only will voters decide which parties will control the states’ legislatures but many will be asked to vote on contentious ballot initiatives. Colorado and Oregon each have statewide ballot initiatives pending that would force food companies to label any products derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). In Maui County, Hawaii (including the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and in Humboldt County, California, voters will decide Read More >

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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

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HAWAII A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press. The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters. The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have Read More >

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CA State Senate Pass Redundant Bill Banning GM Salmon

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On August 31, the California legislative session officially ended fortunately with no further attempts by Senator Evans to pass a GMO labeling bill. However, AB- 504 (Assemblyman Chesbro’s ban on propagation of genetically modified salmon) did pass the Senate and is on Governor Brown’s desk. Specifically, this bill would prohibit hatchery production and stocking of transgenic fish in California waters and would define “transgenic” for these purposes. Existing law requires the California Fish and Game Read More >

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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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