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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture


The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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Freedom, Fireworks, Hot Dogs and Biotech!

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Independence Day is a day when America comes together to celebrate family, friends, and our independence from Great Britain in 1776. It definitely would not be a typical 4th of July in my family if I did not have my aunt’s delicious corn on the cob - the American delicacy. Regardless of drought, pests, or cold weather I can always depend on having this 4th of July treat thanks to biotech crops! Unfortunately, not everyone may not be able Read More >

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Science Can Change the World

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Each day, scientists in labs around the world seek solutions to the most pressing problems – poverty, hunger, disease and climate change – since they believe in a better world through scientific innovation. These unsung heroes are celebrated in a new Royal DSM campaign – Bright Science. Brighter Living. Their stories can help amplify our messages to the public, policymakers, stakeholders, government and others on the importance of science to benefit society. We support and applaud the work of scientists Read More >

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