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Supreme Court Reverses Ban on Biotech Alfalfa

The Supreme Court released its final ruling on Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farm, et al. on June 21, 2010, providing a victory for agricultural biotechnology.  While the case addresses the issue of genetically engineered Roundup Ready® alfalfa specifically and allows for its deregulated cultivation, it deals more broadly with issues of court injunctions, how bioengineered crops will be treated and viewed in the future, and further outlines a solution to violations of federal code. When Read More >

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Sowing the Seeds of Discontent

Jan McGirk’s recent story in the Huffington Post about GM corn in Mexico does little more than fan the flames of fear regarding GM crops. What, you might ask is the problem with this story?  Unfortunately, McGirk didn’t talk with either of the manufacturers of the GM Mexican corn.  This is certainly not an example of fair and balanced journalism.  So let’s set the story straight. Agricultural biotechnology is a science that allows plant breeders Read More >

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Genetically Engineered Distortions

The New York Times published an op-ed on May 14 authored by Pamela Ronald and James McWilliams. Ronald, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis, is the co-author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food.” Ronald was also a speaker at BIO’s recent 2010 International Convention in Chicago.  James E. McWilliams, a history professor at Texas State University at San Marcos, is the author of “Just Food.” Read More >

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Challenging Biotech’s Misperceptions

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. Bruce Chassy is a Professor in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Val Giddings (LVG) interviewed Chassy to get an academic’s perspective on the perceived controversies surrounding biotechnology: LVG:    Why is there still controversy about ag biotech after all these years? Chassy:   The science Read More >

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Consumer Resistance of Biotech is Only a “Perception”

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Val Giddings How Public Perception Affects Adoption of Technologies that Help Feed the World was the topic Wednesday afternoon of one of the liveliest panels we’ve seen in a while.  Moderated by Sally Squires (Weber Shandwick, former Washington Post writer), the panel included Margaret Zeigler (Congressional Hunger Center), Michael Specter (The New Read More >

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