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Labeling Foes: Fight if You Want, But We’ve Got to Feed the World

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There were still millions of votes left to be counted in California when advocates for biotech labeling admitted defeat, but vowed to rise from the ashes and take their fight to the national level. Twenty-four hours had barely gone by when the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee – among others – were reporting that biotech opponents still wanted to fight. The Yes on 37 campaign accused our side of using “dirty money Read More >

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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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World Food Day 2012: The Role of Agricultural Biotechnology

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As we celebrate Food Day 2012, it seems the debate around agriculture and food production is more contentious than ever.  Instead of celebrating our abilities to provide for seven billion people on our planet in ways that are more sustainable and productive than ever before, there are still some who want to ridicule our modern food production system. Agricultural biotechnology – one of the most basic tools helping us to better feed, fuel and heal Read More >

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34 daily newspapers from California urge voters to vote NO on Prop 37

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In recent editorials, California’s major daily newspapers are urging voters to reject Proposition 37 on the November ballot.  Read all No on Prop. 37 editorials here. The San Jose Mercury News says Prop 37 has best of intent, but bad drafting. “Proposition 37 should never have been placed on the ballot this fall.”  “…there are real problems with this particular law.” “A badly drafted law with good intentions is still a bad law.” “Voters should reject Read More >

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“Approval of Foods from Genetically Modified Animals is Unjustifiably Slow”

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The Los Angeles Times reported on concerns within the U.S. animal biotech industry and the chilling effect that will result if the government continues to turn its back on technologies in the pipeline. If the political process doesn’t allow the science-based regulatory process to work, we risk losing out on the benefits of this dynamic industry to other countries that are encouraging research and investment in this area. Rosie Mestel of the Los Angeles Times Read More >

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