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A Preview of the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Feb 9-11

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is an innovative and collaborative government agency that brings together America’s best and brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. ARPA-E programs are created to address critical challenges in energy innovation, and ARPA-E-funded project teams receive hands-on guidance to meet ambitious milestones that push the boundaries of energy innovation and help move their technologies into the marketplace. Now in its sixth year, The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is Read More >

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GMO Answers Addresses Inaccuracies in Consumer Reports Study on GMOs

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CBS This Morning recently aired a segment on the Consumer Reports’ study on GMOs in packaged food. During the segment, a number of questions about GMOs were raised, including questions about their history, safety, and regulation. In this post, we addressed some of the inaccuracies in the video segment, but we wanted to take the opportunity to provide answers to a few questions that were left unanswered. Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of food science and Read More >

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USDA Approves the Next Generation Potato for Commercial Planting

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A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. Such publications as the New York Times, The Packer, and the Capital Press covered the recent announcement by the USDA to deregulate J.R. Simplot Company’s Innate™ potatoes.   Andy Pollack of the New York Times reported that the new potato resists browning and bruising which Read More >

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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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The Term GMO Has Multiple Facets

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PRI (Public Radio International)‘s Innovation Hub published a recent blog discussing why the term GMO has become ‘scientifically meaningless’. The story was first published as a blog post from PRI’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller. The blog is interesting because it reminds us that each biotech crop should be looked at on a case-to-case basis. The term Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) can be seen as having with having multiple interpretations: The reality is that GMOs — and the discussion around them — are more nuanced than many of us assume. And that starts Read More >

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