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Ag Groups Push China’s President Xi Jinping on Biotech

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

The U.S. agriculture sector is urging President Barack Obama to pressure China’s President Xi Jinping to improve his country’s biotech approval process when the two meet later this September, Politico Pro Ag’s Bill Tomson recently reported. BIO along 100 signatories signed on to the September 4th letter to the White House, encouraging the president to squeeze biotech into the agenda. According to Tomson, Obama already engaged Xi on China’s unreliable approval process in November during the Asia-Pacific Read More >

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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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Summer Potpourri

sugar beets

Hard to believe that Labor Day is behind us and that some leaves are already changing colors.  It seems like just yesterday that summer started but the reality is that watching football and picking out Halloween costumes will soon replace treks to the pool and beach. The unofficial end of summer, however, is a great excuse to recap the most notable agricultural biotechnology related public policy actions over the last two and half months – Read More >

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What Chipotle Really Meant When it Was Switching Over to Non-GMO Ingredients

GMO Answers

In late April 2015, Chipotle announced they were removing genetically engineered crops (called GMOs) from their menu. Well, kind of… Here is a fairly long list of responses to the Chipotle decision that show how the company is only partly removing GMO ingredients from its menu. In light of this announcement, Dr. Andrew Kniss, Associate Professor of Weed Ecology & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, looked into how Chipotle’s decision to move Read More >

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Biotech and Food Security – Distinguished Scientist Justifies this Relationship

Dr. Nina Federoff

One of the most distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that “the increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food industry” may be “the most counterproductive development” in the effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected to approach 10 billion in 35 years, according to a recent piece published in AgriPulse. In her reputable journal article, “Food in a future of Read More >

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