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2015 State GE Food Products Labeling Legislative Scorecard

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State legislatures regularly tackle contentious issues.  In recent years, however, few policy matters have been as heated and wide ranging as the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Over the past few years, legislatures in 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have considered bills pertaining to the labeling of food derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops or related legislation. Thus far in 2015, legislatures in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have Read More >

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Seeks Answers from the Agricultural Marketing Service

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On June 25, 2015, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing Programs. Mr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator of Livestock Poultry and Seed Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) at the United States Department of Agriculture was the only witness to testify in front of the Subcommittee. Specifically, Mr. Morris discussed some of the management system audits offered by the Read More >

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GMO Answers on the IARC Assessment of 2,4-D as a Possible Carcinogen

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) creates Working Groups to periodically consider lifestyles, workplaces, and compounds that may have carcinogenicity potential. IARC is an agency under the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not responsible for regulating pesticides. On Monday, IARC classified 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans (Group 2B — same category as coffee and carpentry). Will this classification affect your daily life? Most likely — no. What is 2,4-D? 2,4-D is Read More >

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Driving to Drive Women in Ag Business

American Agri-Women 40th Anniversary

On June 1 in Easton, ME, American Agri-Women (AAW) set out on a 5 month long drive across the USA to celebrate their 40th anniversary and women’s roles in agriculture. Making stops at major cities like Washington D.C., the AAW strives to amplify the conversation between farmers, consumers, the media and lawmakers at their delicious BBQs, farm visits, manufacturing tours and other public events! Their drive will finish in November when they arrive at their annual convention Read More >

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical Includes Ambivalent Remarks on Ag Biotech

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On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released on the Vatican website an encyclical letter that appeals to the world’s leaders to take steps to heal the environmental damage caused by human activity and alleviate the likely impacts of climate change. In his piece, Pope Francis Gives Measured Thumbs Up for Biotechnology, AgriPulse’s Jim Webster writes that Pope Francis reaffirmed that the church values the benefits from utilizing molecular biology, supplemented by other disciplines such as genetics, and Read More >

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