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SAID Meeting on Sept 24 to Discuss Biotech Crop Approvals

Michael Froman

Agriculture in general and biotechnology in particular will be high on the agenda in meetings this week between U.S. and China officials, starting with an all-day session Thursday called the Strategic Agriculture Innovation Dialogue (SAID), according to AgriPulse. The SAID meeting, which isn’t open to the press or public, is supposed to focus on the big picture in technology, finance and innovation and will include discussion of the potential benefits of Big Data as well Read More >

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China May Approve Several Biotech Crop Traits Sooner Than Later


According to Politico, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that China may announce the approval of seven biotech crop traits this week during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The cotton, four soybean and two corn varieties that have been languishing in China’s approval process for up to four years…those seven traits are considered to be the likeliest candidates because they are in the final phase of the Chinese approval system. But what Read More >

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White House Debating Just How “Hard to Poke” Xi

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

Barack Obama and his advisers are debating just how hard to poke Chinese President Xi Jinping when the Chinese leader arrives for a state visit Thursday, according Joseph Marks, Jason Huffman, Bill Tomson, Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer at Politico. …They want to communicate they mean business, but not imperil a trade relationship worth $590 billion last year… Even so, Xi is expected to get deluxe treatment at the White House, which will offer the Chinese leader Read More >

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Celebrate Apple Day with the Non-Browning Apple!

Arctic Apple

Though celebrated mainly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada also observe Apple Day in October. Apple Day was initiated by a UK charity group called, Common Ground, as a way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality. Common Ground uses the apple to symbolize the celebration of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity of each locality. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be Read More >

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Standing up for Science!

GMO Answers

Recent media coverage has spotlighted consumer skepticism of science. From this National Geographic article that explores “why so many reasonable people are skeptical of science” to a recent PEW study that shows a widening gap between scientists and the general public – there is a national dialogue about peoples’ perception and trust in science in the U.S. As part of this conversation, consumers have questions about how scientific research is funded, the collaborative relationship between academia and the private sector, Read More >

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