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How “Fear of Science” Is Harming Our Future

Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker, told attendees at the GrowCanada Conference last week that irrational thinking about scientific advancements like plant biotechnology may present unique concerns to the world.  This is the greatest time there has ever been on this planet, by any measure that you wish to choose,” Specter says. “And yet the chilling effect caused by denying the scientific evidence on a whole range of topics, including genetically modified foods, may Read More >

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Trojan Gene Scientist: Risk from GE Salmon is Low

The Los Angeles Times ran an article on November 26 debunking the key argument of activist groups who oppose the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon.   The Food and Drug Administration’s public comment period for labeling requirements for a genetically engineered salmon ended not so quietly, with a flurry of press releases leading up to Monday’s deadline. They included an announcement by a group of lawmakers from Alaska and the Northwest that would prohibit FDA approval of a Read More >

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The Wonders of Biotechnology: “Healthy” Chocolate!

Forget penicillin, space travel and the silicon chip. Science is on the verge of its greatest discovery – chocolate that’s good for you.  DNA experts are working with sweet giant Mars to create genetically modified chocolate that fights heart disease and diabetes and won’t make you fat.  They’ve already been at it for two years. And they claim that in another five, they could unlock the secret of how to make chocolate healthy.  The scientists Read More >

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Vilsack Extols the Value of Biotech Crops

As part of Forbes Video Network’s “Thought Leaders” series, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology: “We probably have not done a very good job of explaining to people the benefits of GMOs, not just simply the fact that they can produce more crops, but that they can do so with less reliance on natural resources, less damage to natural resources and less reliance on chemicals and pesticides.” View the Read More >

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New Study Shows Benefits of Bt Corn to Neighboring Farmers

Agricultural scientists have published a study in the journal Science providing evidence that corn that has been genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) provides significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn.  “This study provides important information about the benefits of biotechnology by directly examining how area-wide suppression of corn borers using Bt corn can improve yield and grain quality even of Read More >

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