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When Did Tree Huggers Become Tree Haters?

Vandals destroped genetically engineered pine trees in New Zealand.

As we celebrate Arbor Day 2012, I want to personally chew out any of the “activist” ilk whose agendas are so extreme, it results in destruction.  I’m talking about eco-terrorism, agri-terrorism, crop vandalism, etc. – basically, killing trees and plants. This destruction becomes especially horrific when it kills not only the plants and trees themselves, but holds back research and scientific progress aimed and healing, fueling and feeding the world. In recent weeks, The New Read More >

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Biotechnology and Sustainability

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Last week, a post ran on BIOtechNOW celebrating Earth day and discussing biotechnology’s contributions to sustainability. It turns out; we’re not the only ones talking about it. In a Council on Foreign Relations blog, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard, writes that biotech crops are a necessary agricultural solution to help address the challenges of climate change and population growth. In regards to biotech crops he says, “It doesn’t make Read More >

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Earth Day 2012: Biotech Contributions to Sustainability

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This Sunday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day as the biotech industry continues to do its part to make the agriculture industry more sustainable. Biotech allows us to meet the food production demands of a growing population in an economical way while lessening environmental impact. Reducing Emissions Low or no-till agriculture, in limited use prior to 1996, has enabled farmers to shift to simpler, more effective agronomic practices that better contain carbon in the Read More >

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Food Crisis Requires “an End to Political Grandstanding”

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Nature Biotechnology published an editorial in their March edition in which they state that averting a global food crisis will require the deconstruction of several hurdles to the deployment of new strategies in plant breeding. Last October, just 12 years after the 6 billionth person was born, the United Nations declared that 7 billion people now inhabit the earth. Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished. Read More >

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Building a Better Cherry Blossom

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The March 22 edition of the Huffington Post features a USDA video about DC’s famous cherry trees and what’s being done to improve them. The video features United States Department of Agriculture research geneticist Margaret Pooler, who says that scientists are now looking for ways to make cherry trees hardier – including breeding and developing trees that are disease resistant and that are well-suited for city environments. The brief video explains the origin of DC’s Read More >

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