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GMO Feed Has Caused the Latest Divide in the Labeling Debate

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If a dairy cow eats feed made from genetically engineered grain – and most do – does the milk it produces need to be designated as a GMO product? What about bacon from a pig that ate GMO feed? This is one of the “latest issues that’s holding up senators as they try to cobble together a federal bill to pre-empt a coming onslaught of state GMO labeling laws,” argued AgriPulse’s Bill Tomson. In his recent piece, Tomson Read More >

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TTIP: Don’t Forget About Agriculture

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Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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How the GE Mushroom Could Change the Debate Around GMOs

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Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will not regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. Nature reported on the Agency’s announcement that the GM mushroom can now “be cultivated and sold without passing through the agency’s regulatory process” — making it the first CRISPR-edited organism to receive a green light from the US government. This is a great example of how biotechnology is being used to better our food. In fact, it Read More >

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Celebrating Earth Day and GMOs

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Today is Earth Day, and people around the world are celebrating the holiday in different ways. Whether it’s biking to work, recycling, or getting involved with a community cleanup, people are thinking about their environmental footprint. And the food that people eat is part of this effort as well.  You may not know that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are helping to create a new era of sustainability in agriculture and food production. Our Earth Day Read More >

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Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

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As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

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