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Cutting Through the Food Labeling Confusion

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There was a lot of media buzz around a Consumer Reports study released yesterday that shows confusion around foods labeled “natural.” We agree that food labels can be confusing.  And that’s why we are part of a coalition of farm-to-fork organizations that support a federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion around food labels while advancing food safety. In addition to requiring federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their Read More >

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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

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HAWAII A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press. The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters. The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Is the Next “Green Revolution” Right Around the Corner?

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“Modern supercrops will be a big help. But agriculture can’t be fixed by biotech alone.” National Geographic’s October issue contains an in-depth article, “The Next Green Revolution” on how plant biotechnology will be one part of a multifaceted solution to feeding a rapidly growing population in the face of climate change. Climate change and population growth will make life increasingly precarious for small farmers in the developing world – and for the people they feed. For most of Read More >

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BIO 2014 BIO LBS Concludes with a Glance into the Future of Animal Biotechnology

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Celebrating its third Summit, BIO hosted more than 150 attendees at this year’s conference – of which 30 percent were at a Director or an Executive career level while the majority of attendees consisted of researchers, scientists, academics, and chief scientific officers. Additionally, this year BIO hosted several academic students from the local universities, including South Dakota State University (SDSU), as well as the Future Farmers of America (FFA) South Dakota chapter. “The 2014 Livestock Read More >

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