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New York Times Reveals True Motives For Hawaii’s GMO Ban

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Making front page news, the New York Times on January 4, 2014 ran an in-depth and well-researched piece by Amy Harmon on the long-running legislative battle in Hawaii over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The article titled “A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops,” details how Councilman Greggor Ilagan saw beyond the false unscientific claims of the anti-GMO activists and voted against a ban on cultivation of GMOs. Harmon describes Ilagan’s tireless efforts to Read More >

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Moms Urged to Subscribe to the ‘Precautionary Principle’ on GMOs

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“Rather than falling for these tactics, women should take a reasoned look at the facts behind biotechnology and the cost and consequences of the policies activists advance.” – Julie Gunlock BIO wanted to bring attention to a wonderful piece in the National Review Online, titled Biotech’s Mommy Issue: Women are targeted by anti-GMO activists but deserve to know the truth. Julie Gunlock notably blogs on how advertisers and marketing experts push the anti-GMO agenda by Read More >

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Canada Surpasses the US in the Approval of AquaBounty GM Salmon Eggs

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In its recent article titled, AquaBounty GM Salmon Eggs Cleared for Production in Canada, The Fish Site, highlights a much needed success story in the field of animal biotechnology, “Environment Canada, the agency of the Government of Canada with responsibility for regulating environmental policies and issues, has decided that Genetically Modified (GM) AquAdvantage® Salmon from AquaBounty Technologies is not harmful to the environment or human health when produced in contained facilities. “AquaBounty will therefore now Read More >

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Bee Care Team is Buzzing in North Carolina

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Too many people don’t know enough about agriculture and food production. But even fewer know about the important role that bees play in maintaining healthy farming systems. Bees are necessary for plant pollination. Yet many colonies are disappearing due to increasing disease and environmental threats, including a syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder. “Healthy pollinators are incredibly important in creating and maintaining a healthy, nutritious and sustainable food supply,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist/entomologist with Bayer CropScience. Read More >

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Farmers Will Respond Sustainably to Increased Demand for Food and Fuel

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News of this year’s corn crop should put to rest the debate over whether the nation’s corn crop is redirected for fuel use at the expense of feed for livestock. With the release of its 2013 corn crop report, the USDA has estimated that this year’s corn harvest will hit a new record of 13.99 billion bushels, which is 7% larger than the previous year. Additionally, corn prices are projected at $4.10-$4.90 per bushel, the Read More >

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