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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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Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

On Wednesday at the BIO International Convention a panel called “Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty” focused on challenges facing agricultural biotech in the social media and regulatory worlds. Moderated by Peter Whitfield of Baker Hostetler, the panelists included David Bartlett of Levick and Geri Edens and Christopher Marraro, both of Baker Hostetler. Peter opened up the discussion by involving the audience in an interactive poll to determine their willingness to eat Read More >

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Think Organic Farming is Better for the Environment? Think Again.

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The eighth annual Global Impacts Study released this week by PG Economics quantifies the environmental benefits gained from the use of biotech crops. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of chemical insecticides with biotech crops,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture. “Since 1996 and the advent of agricultural biotechnology, farmers growing these crops have switched to more benign herbicides to help control weeds.” Enright adds, “The shift Read More >

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AquAdvantage Salmon: A Regulatory Odyssey

AquAdvantage Salmon- A Regulatory Odyssey

At BIO 2012, an article was published on AquaBounty Technologies which told the tale of the Company’s New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for AquAdvantage Salmon.  At that time, the Company had completed all the required major elements for an FDA approval and FDA had held a thorough public airing before its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) of the results of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) review of AquaBounty’s application. Following the meeting of Read More >

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