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GMO Answers Highlights the Potential of GM Varieties for non-GM Commodity Crops

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Each week in February, GMO Answers highlighted a different commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 looked at corn, soybean and cotton.  Week 4 explored a few commodity crops that are non-GM, including cassava, peanuts and rice, and the potential for GM varieties of these crops. Cassava Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, provides basic sustenance for over half a billion people…According to a study Read More >

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Industry Comes Together to Improve the Introduction of Ag Biotech Products into the Marketplace

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Representatives of several farm, grain trade and biotech companies have been meeting on a regular basis to try to develop better “rules of the road” for the introduction of new ag biotech products. Agripulse covered the story on how the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) is working to find common ground on the introduction, stewardship, and distribution of commodities and processed products containing or derived from modern biotechnology. The USBCA’s founding organizations are the National Corn Growers Association, Read More >

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The Administration Focuses on Improving Food Safety

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The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency that would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services and serve as the primary voice on food safety standards and compliance with those standards. The Agency would be named the Food Safety Administration, the Obama administration said in its new budget request. The New York Times covered the story here: …At least 15 government agencies — from the Environmental Protection Agency to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — have Read More >

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Paying the Price for Poorly Harmonized Regulations Around GM Crops

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At the beginning of December 2014, the Genetic Literacy Project launched a 6-part series to better educate the public about the misinformation around GMOs.   Its GMO: Beyond the Science series provides briefs that present another dimension to the GMO debate. The goal of the series is to stimulate a public discussion on genetic modification based on science, not fear. The fourth brief as part of the series takes a look at how  regulations are hampering the potential for biotechnology to contribute to Read More >

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GMO Answers Takes a Fresh Look at the Value of Popular Commodity Crops

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Each week during the month of February, GMO Answers has planned to introduce a new commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Week 1, GMO Answers talked about corn, a major commodity crop - where it’s most commonly grown and why, its many uses, and the types of corn that are available as GM varieties. Corn is planted on about 80 million acres in the U.S., with most of the crop grown Read More >

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