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BIO Celebrates National Rice Month with Golden Rice!

Golden Rice

September is National Rice Month! To celebrate, BIO wanted to to highlight the amazing and lifesaving biofortified crop, Golden Rice. Golden Rice is a genetically modified rice plant that produces and accumulates provitamin A (β-carotene) in the grain, something that doesn’t happen in naturally occurring rice plants. According to UNICEF, the estimated number of children deaths precipitated worldwide by vitamin A deficiency (VAD) every year lies at 1.15 million. Many more show VAD-related syndromes, among them loss of sight Read More >

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What if We Could Stop E. Coli at the Source?

E. Coli

According to a recent article in Food Safety News, Scientists have found out that genetically engineered plants can produce proteins able to reduce E. Coli on food. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce to produce colicins. The research team, led by scientists from two German biotech companies, Nomad Bioscience and Icon Genetics, found that certain plants, such as tobacco, can Read More >

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FOIA Attacks Against Biotech Scientists Get Personal

Alison Van Eenennaam

Much has been written and discussed online about the relationships between independent researchers and industry groups.  New York Times reporter Eric Lipton wrote about this in a detailed September 5 article, “Food Industry Enlisted Academics in GMO Lobbying War, Emails Show”. Lipton’s article comes about 6 months after U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) filed FOIA requests for emails and documents of more than forty public university faculty and staff members seeking to link these individuals Read More >

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Ag Groups Push China’s President Xi Jinping on Biotech

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

The U.S. agriculture sector is urging President Barack Obama to pressure China’s President Xi Jinping to improve his country’s biotech approval process when the two meet later this September, Politico Pro Ag’s Bill Tomson recently reported. BIO along 100 signatories signed on to the September 4th letter to the White House, encouraging the president to squeeze biotech into the agenda. According to Tomson, Obama already engaged Xi on China’s unreliable approval process in November during the Asia-Pacific Read More >

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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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