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Remember the American Chestnut Tree on Arbor Day

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Today, April 25, 2014 is National Arbor Day and a reminder of the importance that individuals and groups need to plant and care for trees. This means ensuring that arboriculturists and foresters have access to the most up to date agricultural technologies. The American Chestnut blight is recent example of how genetic engineering has served as one of these vital technologies. A recent piece published in Scientific American told of the blight of the American Read More >

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Earth Day 2014: Biotech Makes Farming Earth-Friendly

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On Tuesday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day, and the biotech industry celebrates the many ways that technology has helped to revolutionize farming and make it more environmentally friendly. Not only are the world’s farmers producing more food than ever before, we’re able to do it in ways that conserve water, preserve soil nutrients, lessen the need for pesticide applications and reduce carbon emissions. Reducing Emissions No-till or low-till agriculture, in limited use prior Read More >

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Oregon Debates GMOs (Again!)

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A while back, Oregon looked at becoming the first state in the nation to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Fortunately, the measure was voted dead 71 to 29, and many predicted that the issue would never rise again. However, now a new anti-GMO measure has popped up in “The Beaver State”. A group of local farmers has been successfully able to get a GMO cultivation ban (Measure 15-119) on the ballot for Read More >

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President Obama Endorses Ag Biotech

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In an April 11 letter to Julie Borlaug, President Obama wrote about how pleased he was to join in the celebration of her grandfather, Norman Borlaug, and his life and passion for feeding the hungry through biotechnology. Through ag biotech, Norman Borlaug, known as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” made it his life’s work to eradicate world hunger and was recently recognized posthumously for his contributions to the field. Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse highlighted President’s Obama’s remarks to Read More >

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Gluten Free: Does Glyphosate Cause Celiac Disease? Actually, No!

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Dr. Peter Olins, Co-founder of Ultimate Gluten Free, provided a must read response to our GMO Answers page debunking the myth that glyphosate causes celiac disease. The herbicide glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is frequently mischaracterized as a cause of celiac disease serving as a catalyst for those anti-biotech. From his post, we wanted to highlight how Dr. Olins notably discredits the link between glyphosate and celiac disease. “A 2013 article by A. Samsel and Read More >

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