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Chestnut Lovers – Remember Biotech Over Holidays!

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In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica.  This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut tree population.  The chestnut blight was first spotted in 1904 and is believed to have arrived here in Asian chestnut trees. Unfortunately, American chestnuts have no resistance to the fungus, making it Read More >

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RTP, North Carolina Welcomes GMO Answers

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GMO Answers recently hosted its first Open Doors Tour where we invited local bloggers to visit three members of the Council for Biotechnology Information — Syngenta, BASF Plant Science and Bayer CropScience. This opportunity allowed the bloggers to see firsthand how plant biotechnology works. Tour participants were able to follow the lifecycle of a GMO from trait identification to commercialization, and visit the Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center to learn about agriculture and pollinators, and what is Read More >

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For the Holidays: Change Your Beliefs Around GMOs

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Recently re-published by AgriPulse, three renowned guest authors wrote a great opinion piece in the Des Moines Register on the beliefs and narratives around GMOs and organic food. The authors include Nina Fedoroff, Ph.D., a plant biologist who has served as science and technology adviser to the secretary of state from 2007-10, Ken Cassman, Ph.D., an international agronomist at the University of Nebraska, and Marshall Matz, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee specializing in nutrition and food security.  In their Read More >

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What Does it Really Mean to be Pro-GMO?

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It has been said that if you’re Pro-GMO, or for Genetically Modified Organisms, then you must oppose the the Anti-GMO movement.   However, is this the true meaning behind being Pro-GMO?  Richard Green, guest blogger for the Skepti-Forum, doesn’t think so.  In his blog, What is Pro-GMO?, Green suggests that being Pro-GMO means that you’re anti-GMO misinformation. “What is Pro-GMO? Is it the opposite of Anti-GMO? “We humans like to split things into black and white opposing camps but that Read More >

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Judge Blocks Maui County from Implementing GMO Ban

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The media is reporting on a decision by a federal judge to postpone implementation of a new law in Maui County banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure. The Associated Press reports that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said in his ruling. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. filed Read More >

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