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GMOs: A Good Deal for the Environment and the Developing World

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GMOs help feed our growing population and reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture. Therefore, it’s important to set the record straight when it comes to the safety and environmental benefits of GMOs. A new post on the GMO Answers blog at Forbes.com explains why GMOs matter, especially to people in the developing world, and to the environment worldwide.  Cornell University professors David R. Just, Ph.D. and Harry M. Kaiser write: Close to a billion people Read More >

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How Animal Biotech Harnesses Nature’s Power to Fight Disease

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Forbes’ GMO Answers column looks at the tremendous potential of animal biotechnology to combat human disease.  Under the theme “One Health,” these technologies – and the roadblocks that are preventing them for commercialization – are the focus on this week’s Animal Biotech Summit in Bethesda, Md. Today’s column was authored by Eddie Sullivan, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical development company in Sioux Falls, S.D.  SAB’s technology (described below) Read More >

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It’s Fruit & Veggies Month!

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September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month. The month-long event, sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Each day, Americans are bombarded by dozens of conflicting messages about the food they eat. Sometimes health professionals can’t even agree on what’s best. One thing they can agree on: Eat more fruits and vegetables. The scientific evidence is clear, and overwhelming. These foods can help maintain Read More >

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Could GM Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?

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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be the solution to Hawaii’s quickly disappearing avian population, including the island’s famous honeycreepers, writes Michael Specter in The New Yorker: Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. The 2016 congress was held in Hawaii, which is fitting, since the state is often referred to as the endangered-species capital Read More >

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GMO Issues on the November Ballot

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On November 8, voters in Sonoma County, CA and Key West, FL will weigh in on ballot measures related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In Sonoma County, activists collected enough signatures to put an initiative, now known as Measure M, on the ballot banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the county.  County voters defeated a similar measure in 2005 by a 55.2 percent to 44.8 percent. Although voters in other California counties have Read More >

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