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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to Read More >

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Faith in GMOs

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Religious sects across the world chime in on many issues involving science, religious freedoms, medicine and much more. However, many don’t realize that religious institutions and scholars have also weighed in on the debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and this religious debate is just as important as it is in politics. Vice News author Matt Smith discusses each religion’s current stance on biotech crops in an article titled Here’s What Religious Experts Have to Read More >

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The Last Thing Africa Needs to be Debating is GMOs

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The point I am about to make has been made before, but I like to take every opportunity when possible to make it again. Anti-biotechnology proponents have verbally stated that labeling foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is the first step. The next step for them is to get the technology banned all together. Many of these activists have the means to buy organic foods and foods labeled non-GMO verified. For the majority of the world, cost Read More >

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Oregon County Decisively Votes Down GE Crop Ban Ballot Measure

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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson famously said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” On Tuesday, the strategy of Oregon anti-GMO groups to convince residents in various counties to approve ballot initiatives banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops was dropped to the canvas when the voters of Benton County overwhelming rejected Measure 2-89, the so-called Benton County Local Food Ordinance. Named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Read More >

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The White House Releases its Strategy for Restoring Pollinator Habitats

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Today, The White House released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, calling for the restoration or enhancement of 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public/private partnerships. AgriPulse covered the announcement: Other goals of the strategy are to reduce honey bee colony losses during the winter months to no more than 15 percent within 10 years, and to increase the Read More >

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