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Sugar from GM Sugarbeets is Not the Scariest Thing on Halloween

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Every year Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween. Chocolate leads the group with 90 million pounds of it being sold during the prior week. Did you know that sugarbeet sugar accounts for approximately 20 percent of the world’s production of sugar? Sugarcane sugar accounts for the remaining amount. In her TheSweetTruth blog , sugarbeet farmer Laura cites that beet sugar represents 54 percent of domestic sugar production in the U.S. and that America’s sugar Read More >

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Spooky GMO Myths Debunked! Read Them If You Dare…

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For the last post in this year’s Get to Know GMOs series, we invite you to come with us for an eerie stroll through some of the Internet’s most outrageous GMO myths and images. Myth #1: Evil GMO scientists are injecting GMO crops with pesticides, DNA, dangerous chemicals…or stuff. Using needles to inject crops with “stuff” is not how GMOs are made. How are they created, then? Some GMOs are made by taking a desired trait, like Read More >

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Europe Turns its Back on Science

Mark Lynas

On October 24th, The New York Times published a great opinion piece titled “With G.M.O. Policies, Europe Turns Against Science. Written by Mark Lynas, political director for the Cornell Alliance for Science at Cornell University and a co-author  of “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” this piece argues how banning the cultivation of genetically modified crops in certain European countries will a chilling affect on scientific innovation in that part of the world.   “…the chilling effect on biotech science in Europe will be dramatic: Read More >

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“Get to Know” More About Land, Soil and GMOs

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Throughout this month we’ve invited you to get to know more about GMOs, how the technology has evolved, to sustainable agricultural practices to the balancing act between producing food and protecting pollinators. In week four, we’re focusing on “Land, Soil, Sustainability.” The availability of farmland is essential to agricultural production. Land use and soil health play a critical role in sustainable agriculture…In order for land to be used for agriculture, it must first be suitable Read More >

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Senate Hearing Stresses Confidence in the Safety, Regulation of GMOs

As the debate over GMO food labeling and the use of biotechnology in agriculture has evolved, the Senate Committee on Agriculture hosted a hearing today, “Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives,” to hear perspectives from agency officials, food producers and consumer groups.  Committee members also asked witnesses their perspectives on whether or not GMO foods should require labels.  Committee members emphasized the need for science-based policies and the witness testimonies mostly Read More >

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