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8 Biggest Debates in American Food Policy

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It turns out that figuring out how we should grow, sell, and tax our food is one of the most heated debates in America.  In partnership with Pace University, Grist recently published a great piece summarizing the eight biggest debates in American food policy. While we provide some highlights below, we encourage you to read the article in its entirety” 1. Soda taxes “Obesity is one of the biggest health epidemics America faces today…The idea Read More >

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What’s Really at the Heart of the Debate About GMOS?

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Is science really at the heart of the GMO debate, or is there something else perpetuating the deep divisions on these issues? In a column at Forbes.com, Kate Hall, managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson, explores this question as she reflects on Scientific American’s forum, “Lost in Translation: Is Science Explained Fairly in the Media.” Hall contends that an individual’s perception of the scientific consensus and their cultural predispositions Read More >

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You Can Thank GMOs for Lower Prices at the Grocery Store

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Our new column over at Forbes.com explains just how genetically modified foods can benefit society, and your pocketbook. There are many factors that determine the price of the food in your grocery store: demand, weather, global markets, food quality, pests/disease control, regulation, transportation, and labor costs, just to name a few. Whenever farmers can control one of these factors, the more beneficial it is to the consumer. And genetically modified (GM) crops allow farmers to Read More >

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We Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

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BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote an op-ed in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on the genetically engineered Oxitec mosquito, which promises to reduced mosquito populations and lessen the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika: The Centers for Disease Control has now confirmed a link between the Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly, increasing the urgency of finding a cure before the height of the mosquito season. Although scientists have made significant progress in Read More >

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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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