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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Is the Next “Green Revolution” Right Around the Corner?

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“Modern supercrops will be a big help. But agriculture can’t be fixed by biotech alone.” National Geographic’s October issue contains an in-depth article, “The Next Green Revolution” on how plant biotechnology will be one part of a multifaceted solution to feeding a rapidly growing population in the face of climate change. Climate change and population growth will make life increasingly precarious for small farmers in the developing world – and for the people they feed. For most of Read More >

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BIO 2014 BIO LBS Concludes with a Glance into the Future of Animal Biotechnology

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Celebrating its third Summit, BIO hosted more than 150 attendees at this year’s conference – of which 30 percent were at a Director or an Executive career level while the majority of attendees consisted of researchers, scientists, academics, and chief scientific officers. Additionally, this year BIO hosted several academic students from the local universities, including South Dakota State University (SDSU), as well as the Future Farmers of America (FFA) South Dakota chapter. “The 2014 Livestock Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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GMO Answers Provides an Overview of GMOs in Medicine

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With genetically engineered therapies for the infectious disease, Ebola, currently undergoing testing for safety and efficacy, GMO Answers is highlighting the use of genetic engineering in other biomedical applications. The post’s author, Richard Green, also looks at why GMOs, though used in both agriculture and medicine, are more controversial in agricultural applications. The technology of genetic modification or genetic engineering was first developed in the early 1970s, commercialized in pharmaceutical applications in the early 1980s, and then agricultural Read More >

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