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Expert Panel: Future of Ag Productivity Depends on Technology

An eminent panel of science and policy experts braved a historic blizzard today to identify solutions for the greatest agricultural challenges of all time.  The global dialogue comes in response to a final call for action from the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, to feed the world and improve the lives of farmers, all while preserving natural resources. “Now Serving: 9 Billion:  A Global Dialogue on Meeting Food Needs for the Next Generation” highlighted Read More >

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What exactly are the “risks” anyway?

Wired Magazine columnist Matt Ridley writes a piece for its February magazine that makes a strong case for the global adoption of biotechnology and criticizes the European Union for its “protectionist” policies regarding biotech products.  As with all protectionism, it is the consumer who suffers most. British groceries rose in price over the past few years while American groceries fell in price. A big reason is that British food producers are not allowed to use Read More >

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Students Assess Future of Genetically Engineered (GE) Food

In a new paper, Student Response to Transgenic Meat: An Analysis of a Fort Valley State University Survey, to be presented at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting on February 6-9, 2010 researchers surveyed college students’ acceptance of meat derived from livestock or fish that had been genetically engineered and found that more than half the respondents said they would purchase meat from GE animals if the price was the same as meat from Read More >

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What is our Role in Enhancing Global Food and Energy Security?

The world’s population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by the middle of this century. Feeding that number of people – in addition to producing animal feed, fiber and biofuels – will require a 70 percent increase in overall agricultural production (and nearly a 100 percent increase in the developing world). – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) That’s why it’s important to understand two things:  1) biotechnology helps to meet a growing Read More >

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GE Rice in China

This week, Singularity Hub writes about Genetically modified or genetically engineered (GE) rice in China. “China grows a lot of rice – about 60 million tonnes a year. It also consumes most of that, only exporting around 1% of its crop. So, high demand for production with little fear of export restrictions? Sounds like a recipe for genetic modification. According to Reuters, China recently approved the commercial use of genetically modified rice and corn to Read More >

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