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BIO Applauds Innovative SmartLabel™ to Give Consumers More Information

Food trade media outlets are already buzzing following today’s unveiling by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) of the SmartLabel™, which will allow consumers to find detailed product information by scanning a QR code on a food package, using a web search such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, or visiting the company’s website. GMA reports that more than 30 major companies are already committed to taking part in the transparency initiative. Hershey was the first company Read More >

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Cultivating More Female Plant Scientists

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Below is an excerpt from an interview with Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), posted by CropLife International: Only 25 percent of agricultural scientists in Africa are women. Increasing this number is critical to Africa’s food security, says Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a career development program for top female scientists.  So far, more than 400 women in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Read More >

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Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct

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Thanksgiving is just a day away which means family, football and pie. The typical Thanksgiving feast can include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. However, a recent blog in the National Geographic argues that many of the common Thanksgiving food staples shouldn’t be around today. In“Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct,” Ed Young explains why pumpkin, squashes, gourds, and courgettes shouldn’t exist: These common dinner-table vegetables are all part of a group of plants called Cucurbita, whose wild Read More >

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After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish Read More >

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Expect A Hard Winter for Honey Bees

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting out in the field and investigating honey bee colonies.  All right, maybe there are a few things I enjoy more, but I consider it a “win” any time I get out of the office to work with bees!  During these late summer and early fall inspections, which involve evaluating up to a hundred and fifty samples taken from different hives across the country, I’ve gotten pretty good at Read More >

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