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Paying the Price for Poorly Harmonized Regulations Around GM Crops

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At the beginning of December 2014, the Genetic Literacy Project launched a 6-part series to better educate the public about the misinformation around GMOs.   Its GMO: Beyond the Science series provides briefs that present another dimension to the GMO debate. The goal of the series is to stimulate a public discussion on genetic modification based on science, not fear. The fourth brief as part of the series takes a look at how  regulations are hampering the potential for biotechnology to contribute to Read More >

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GMO Answers Takes a Fresh Look at the Value of Popular Commodity Crops

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Each week during the month of February, GMO Answers has planned to introduce a new commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Week 1, GMO Answers talked about corn, a major commodity crop - where it’s most commonly grown and why, its many uses, and the types of corn that are available as GM varieties. Corn is planted on about 80 million acres in the U.S., with most of the crop grown Read More >

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USDA Deregulates Non-Browning Apples

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Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection announced its decision to deregulate two varieties of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF)’s specialty non-browning apples. APHIS is taking this action based on a final plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) that finds the GE apples are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and other plants in the United States. APHIS also completed an environmental assessment (EA) to comply with the Read More >

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Can Biotech Opponents Quash Scientific Facts?

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Why are GMO opponents so worried about scientists who talk about biotechnology? Are they worried that the public will actually learn that GMOs aren’t scary and that they actually help make agriculture more sustainable and help keep food costs low? Are opponent groups scared of scientific facts? Science writer Keith Kloor explains in an article posted on the Science website that a dozen public sector scientists working in the field of biotechnology were hit with Read More >

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Achieving Food Security by 2050

“As the world population surpasses 9 billion people as estimated in 2050, increased demand for beef will be driven by the estimated 3 billion people expected to join the middle class who will be able to afford to add meat, milk and eggs to their diets,” Elanco, a global animal health company, claimed in a recent release. Agrimarketing covered Elanco’s statement on how farming innovations have allowed the beef industry to freeze carbon footprint and save Read More >

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