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Can Technology Drive New Spurt in Agricultural Productivity?


Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. AgriPulse recently published a piece that takes a look at weather or not agricultural productivity gains can be sustained or even enhanced with application of new technologies in the short term. An excerpt of the article can be found here: …USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has been explaining to several Read More >

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Trust the Science, Not the Food Fad

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Multiple surveys and polls reveal most people know very little about GMOs, causing them to buy into expensive food fads. We’ve published a piece on the GMO Answers Forbes blog by Robert Wager, from Vancouver Island University, and Terry Daynard, farmer and former associate dean at University of Guelph, entitled, “GMOs: Trust The Science, Not The Food Fad.” Instead of focusing on what’s on the label, Robert and Terry urge consumers to understand what they Read More >

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Big Things Are Happening within Iowa’s Biotech Industry


Over the last decade Iowa has built a specialized and diverse bioscience industry. In particular, it has become a national leader in the agricultural biosciences where the state accounts for 10 percent of U.S. employment. As this article from The Scientist demonstrates, Iowa is no longer just an Ag bioscience hub, its significant investments in biopharma R&D are paying off and demonstrating the value of bioscience innovation in growing jobs and improving quality of life.

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What We’re Reading at GMO Answers


Each month, GMO Answers compiles a few of our favorite news stories into one post on the GMO Answers website.  This post can cover a wide variety of topics related to agriculture and biotechnology, ranging from global hunger and climate change, to genetically modified insulin and the marketing of foods. This month’s post uses the Zika outbreak in Brazil as a jumping off point, and finishes up with a nice profile of Dr. Calestous Juma Read More >

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#BIOABS16 Will Highlight Biotech Solutions to Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases


More than 60 percent of infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals, and 75 percent of the emerging human pathogens are also expected to be zoonotic. HIV and Ebola are modern day examples of viruses that originated in animals and spread to humans. Even though most zoonotic diseases are not as deadly as HIV/AIDS, all strain public health resources, and some harm a region’s economy and even threaten national security. The severity of the Read More >

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