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Apparent Flaws in the Recent Study Linking Popular Weedkiller to Cancer

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On March 20, 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had determined five crop protection products to be “possibly” or “probably” carcinogenic to humans. One of these crop protection products glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, was declared to be a class 2A “probable human carcinogen”. This conclusion, published in The Lancet Oncology, contradicts a strong and long standing consensus supported by a vast array of data and real world experience, and comes Read More >

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House Ag Committee Examines the Impacts of Mandatory GMO Labeling

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On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the House Full Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Witnesses included Dr. David B. Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council and Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Nina Federoff, Senior Science Advisor, OFW Law, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Joanna Lidback, Owner, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Westmore, VT; Mr. Lynn Clarkson, President, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL; Mr. Thomas Dempsey, CEO, Snack Food Read More >

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GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW

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On March 14, 2015, GMO Answers launched its presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival by hosting a lively and productive panel at SouthBites discussing transparency in our food system. The one-hour panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post, with an interactive conversation between myself, Cathy Enright, and Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller. Tamar polled the audience at the beginning of the panel and it was split evenly, with a third Read More >

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When Did Science Become a Dirty Word?

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Cathleen Enright wrote a thoughtful commentary for CNBC on about how consumers are increasingly standing up for scientific evidence as being reliable on one issue, but questioning its validity on another, even when there’s an equally rigorous body of evidence. Examples of this exist – not just in the debate over GMOs – but also in discussions around climate change and childhood vaccines.   Enright is the executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Read More >

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You May Be Surprised to Know That It’s National Ag Week

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As we celebrate the beginning of Spring, we can also celebrate the start of National Ag Week and Ag Day. National Ag Week is a period to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Agri-Pulse, a leader in reporting on the latest in agricultural information, will hold a series of events in celebration of Read More >

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