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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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More Junk Science: Is the Carman Pig Study “Seralini 2.0”?

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A new pig feeding study authored by Australian researcher Judy Carman, and Maurice, Iowa farmer Howard Vlieger, claims that pigs fed genetically modified (GM) corn and genetically modified (GM) soybean meal showed increased incidence stomach inflammation.  This study was authored by two veteran anti-biotech campaigners, Judy Carman and Howard Vlieger, and was published in an obscure online journal financed by the organic industry.  It reaches conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the great preponderance of Read More >

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Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Bryan Walsh wrote for Time magazine about the so-called “obsession” surrounding genetically modified (GM) crops: “To environmentalist opponents, GM foods are simply evil, an understudied, possibly harmful tool used by big agribusiness to control global seed markets and crush local farmers. They argue that GM foods have never delivered on their supposed promise, that money spent on GM crops would be better funneled to organic farming and that consumers should be protected with warning labels Read More >

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“Time to Call out the Anti-GMO Conspiracy Theory”

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In a speech last week at Cornell University on anti-GMO conspiracy theory, Mark Lynas told audiences “millions, possibly billions, of people have come to believe what is essentially a conspiracy theory, generating fear and misunderstanding about a whole class of technologies on an unprecedentedly global scale.” Formerly a devout anti-GMO activist himself, Lynas said his activism, “which I wrongly thought of at the time as being ‘environmental’, has done real damage in the world… I Read More >

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Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It’s Not An Experiment Anymore

Neal Carter on Ag Biotech: It's Not An Experiment Anymore

BIO International Convention attendees filled the Food & Agriculture Pavilion on the Show Floor Wednesday to hear Dr. Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruits give a presentation he delivered at a TEDx event last October in Penticton, BC on the value of biotechnology in agriculture. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed a non-browning apple known as the Arctic Apple  - just one of the many examples of ways biotechnology is improving agriculture. After spending many years as a farmer in Read More >

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