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Ag Groups Push China’s President Xi Jinping on Biotech

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

The U.S. agriculture sector is urging President Barack Obama to pressure China’s President Xi Jinping to improve his country’s biotech approval process when the two meet later this September, Politico Pro Ag’s Bill Tomson recently reported. BIO along 100 signatories signed on to the September 4th letter to the White House, encouraging the president to squeeze biotech into the agenda. According to Tomson, Obama already engaged Xi on China’s unreliable approval process in November during the Asia-Pacific Read More >

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What Chipotle Really Meant When it Was Switching Over to Non-GMO Ingredients

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In late April 2015, Chipotle announced they were removing genetically engineered crops (called GMOs) from their menu. Well, kind of… Here is a fairly long list of responses to the Chipotle decision that show how the company is only partly removing GMO ingredients from its menu. In light of this announcement, Dr. Andrew Kniss, Associate Professor of Weed Ecology & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, looked into how Chipotle’s decision to move Read More >

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Biotech and Food Security – Distinguished Scientist Justifies this Relationship

Dr. Nina Federoff

One of the most distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that “the increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food industry” may be “the most counterproductive development” in the effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected to approach 10 billion in 35 years, according to a recent piece published in AgriPulse. In her reputable journal article, “Food in a future of Read More >

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GMO Answers Celebrates #NationalHoneybeeDay

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In recognition of the crucial role that honey bees play in pollinating agricultural crops, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially declared in August, 2009 that August 22 would become National Honey Bee Awareness Day. National Honey Bee Awareness Day was started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry. Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value and is an essential component of the production of more Read More >

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Academics Weigh In on Journal Article: “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”

GMO soybeans

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by biotech critics Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook condemns the use of GMO crops and herbicides.  Ultimately, the authors offer a pair of personal recommendations calling for the EPA to delay its permit for Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D; and urging for the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Push back on the article and Landrigan’s and Benbrook’s recommendations has been Read More >

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