Author Archive: Colleen Lerro

Colleen Lerro was a communications manager for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental and Food & Agriculture sections.

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Earth Day 2012: Biotech Contributions to Sustainability

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This Sunday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day as the biotech industry continues to do its part to make the agriculture industry more sustainable. Biotech allows us to meet the food production demands of a growing population in an economical way while lessening environmental impact. Reducing Emissions Low or no-till agriculture, in limited use prior to 1996, has enabled farmers to shift to simpler, more effective agronomic practices that better contain carbon in the Read More >

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25 X ’25 Names BIO Partner of the Week

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25 X ’25 is a rallying cry for renewable energy and a goal for America – to get 25 percent of our energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, and biofuels by the year 2025. The 25 X ’25 Alliance named BIO it’s partner of the week this week to recognize BIO’s continued efforts to advocate for clean energy and building a biobased economy. Industrial biotechnology is driving the creation of a biobased economy, building Read More >

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Synthetic Biology Survey Requires Industry Response

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The Woodrow Wilson Synthetic Biology Project has released a public survey soliciting opinions on synthetic biology. It is a follow up to a recent paper on synthetic biology released in Nature, and it is filled with biased questions that revive some of the oldest misconceptions about the biotechnology industry. The results of the survey are expected to be released in May 2012. BIO is encouraging members of the industry to participate in the survey and Read More >

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Biobased Jobs, Grown and Made in America

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Last week brought exciting announcements from President Obama calling for the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States has the opportunity to leverage its leadership in biotechnology, agricultural productivity and manufacturing innovation to build a biobased economy. A biobased economy will continue to generate good jobs at home as the biobased product industry already employs more than 50,000 people Read More >

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Presidential Memo Expands Purchases of Biobased Products and Creates Jobs

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This week President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that challenges the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) already designates 64 categories of biobased products for federal procurement and this memorandum asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the number of both designated categories of and individual biobased products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 Read More >

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