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GMO Answers

A common question we hear about biotechnology deals with the actual process of genetic modification: How do we know an inserted gene does only what it is supposed to do?  On our GMO Answers site, Dr. Alan McHughen, a molecular geneticist and professor at the University of California, Riverside, explains that genetic modification works only because all living things use the same genetic language, so a human gene transferred to bacteria will work the same way Read More >

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Triumph of the anti-GMO movement would be a disaster

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In Discover magazine’s Collide-a-Scape blog, Keith Kloor writes about Why GMOs Matter. Kloor reflects on the debate around GMOs and the various positions articulated by others such as University of Wyoming’s Andrew Kniss, Berkley’s Michael Eisen and Author Ramez Naam. Kniss believes that the GMO debate is overlooking an essential voice: “While activist groups, scientists, and journalists yell past each other in this debate, the people who are actually using and benefiting from the technology are largely ignored. So too are Read More >

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Cheerios Labeling “Has Emboldened, Not Appeased, Anti-technology Activists”

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There continues to be buzz in the media over General Mills’s January 2 announcement to source its original Cheerios’ tiny amount of sugar and corn starch from non-GMO crops. The Wall Street Journal published this week an op-ed titled, “General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios – by labeling the cereal as non-genetically modified, the company has only emboldened its critics.”Written by Dr. Henry Miller, founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, and Read More >

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GMO Opposition Creates Uncertainty for Farmers!

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Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture, recently presented at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2014 Annual Convention in San Antonio. On Sunday, January 13th, Dr. Enright briefed the group on issues and challenges confronting the agricultural biotechnology sector at her workshop titled, “Ensuring Our Access to Biotechnology.” Christopher Doering of the Des Moines Register wrote a wonderful piece capturing the essence of her talk. In his blog titled, Opposition to Read More >

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New York Times Reveals True Motives For Hawaii’s GMO Ban

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Making front page news, the New York Times on January 4, 2014 ran an in-depth and well-researched piece by Amy Harmon on the long-running legislative battle in Hawaii over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The article titled “A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops,” details how Councilman Greggor Ilagan saw beyond the false unscientific claims of the anti-GMO activists and voted against a ban on cultivation of GMOs. Harmon describes Ilagan’s tireless efforts to Read More >

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