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Transgenic Crops Contribute to Sustainable Development

The Plant Biotechnology Journal has an article in its January edition on the use of transgenic crops in meeting sustainable development goals. The concept of sustainable development forms the basis for a wide variety of international and national policymaking. World population continues to expand at about 80 M people per year, while the demand for natural resources continues to escalate. Important policies, treaties and goals underpin the notion of sustainable development. In this paper, the authors Read More >

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Biotech Forests Could be an Environmental Blessing

The National Center for Policy Analysis has released a new report on the potential environmental benefits of genetically modified trees.  Genetically modified grains, fruits and vegetables have become ubiquitous on U.S. farms and in supermarkets.  Genetically modified trees could be a boon as well, say Wesley Dwyer, a policy intern, and H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow, with the National Center for Policy Analysis.  If commercialized on a large scale, genetically modified trees would provide Read More >

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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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