Author Archive: Paulina Ibarra

Paulina was the director of web and new media communications with the Biotechnology Industry Organization from October 2010 - June 2013.

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Biofuels and Irreversible Climate Change

Last week, the paper Irreversible climate change because of carbon dioxide emissions was published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article received coverage on the airwaves, blogosphere, and in the traditional media. Susan Solomon, the lead author on the paper was interviewed by NPR, “We’re used to thinking about pollution problems as things that we can fix,” Solomon says. “Smog, we just cut back and everything will Read More >

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Biofuels Are a Priority Says USDA's Tom Vilsack

Today, USDA’s new Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack discussed his priorities in a conference call with reporters across the country. Two of those priorities? You guessed, biofuels and climate change. The priorities as listed in a statement relased today by the USDA are: 1. Advancing research and development and pursuing opportunities to support the development of biofuels, wind power, and other renewable energy sources, saying that USDA needs to make sure that the biofuels industry has Read More >

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Nominate a Fellow Bio-Techie for Biotech Humanitarian Award

Know anyone who is this close to the next big breakthrough in biofuels? Ending dependence on oil is one of the great challenges of 21st century, and there are heroes in our midst working towards alternative fuels. If you know someone who has contributed significantly to this goal, nominate them for the Biotech Humanitarian Award! The award will recognize an innovator who has improved the lives of others by harnessing the power of biotechnology to Read More >

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Getting the Guidance We Need: FDA Finalizes Regulatory Guidance for GE Animals

Well, it’s finally happened. The FDA announced today that it will make the final guidance available for governing genetically engineered animals. And if I strain carefully, I can already hear them — the naysayers. For example, back in November, the Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, submitted comments to the FDA containing the following statement, “A major problem with this proposal is that it is simply Guidance for Industry and so is not Read More >

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Go “Green” with the EnviropigTM

We’ve all heard it, “Pork, the other white meat.” It’s an ad campaign as ubiquitous as, well, pork. According to the National Pork Producers Council, pork at 42.6 percent, is the world’s most widely eaten meat. And while pork is popular, hog farms can sometimes cause environmental problems. Until now…Move over conventional hogs, and enter the EnviropigTM. The saliva of EnviropigTM contains the enzyme phytase, which allows the pigs to digest phytate, the principal form Read More >

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