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How Biotech is Being Used to Battle Drought

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According to the Wall Street Journal, California’s drought is now in its fifth year and districts are asking homeowners to do everything from stopping watering lawns to taking shorter showers. But it’s in the state’s fertile Central Valley that the drought is causing the most economic pain. A preliminary study in May by the University of California, Davis, estimated the drought could cost 18,600 agriculture-related jobs and $2.7 billion in economic losses this year. Here GMO Answers Read More >

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House Ag Committee Advances Biotech Food Labeling Bill

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The House Agriculture Committee approved on Tuesday, July 14, H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. First introduced on March 25 by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the legislation has evolved through bipartisan discussions between the Agriculture Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill currently has 69 cosponsors along with public support from more than 400 organizations in all 50 states that represent every step of Read More >

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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture


The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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