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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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Why the Founder of the Anti-GMO Movement Converted to the Side of Science

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Mark Lynas is a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and the author, most recently, of “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” Lynas is a British environmentalist and author who once founded the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid 1990s. However, in early 2013, this all changed when he publicly denounced his position during a now-infamous speech at the Oxford Farming Conference: “I apologize for having spent Read More >

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Earth Day 2015: How Biotech Has Revolutionized Farming and Transformed the Global Bioeconomy

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Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation Read More >

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Inventors of Life-Saving Golden Rice Receive Prestigious Patents for Humanitarian Award

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On Monday, April 21, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the recipients of the 2015 Patents for Humanity Award.  Among the winners, scientists from the Golden Rice Project were honored with a humanitarian award for their work in developing a food that could save the lives of millions around the world. Dr. Adrian Dubock, who as a former scientist at the agro-chemicals company Syngenta, helped Read More >

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BIO and the American Farm Bureau Team Up to Talk About GMOs

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Biotechnology in plant agriculture has come to mean the process of intentionally making a copy of a gene for a desired trait from one plant or organism and using it in another plant. The result is a GMO (genetically modified organism). Genetically Modified Organisms are are often a hot and contentious topic of conversation when it comes to American agriculture. Consumers generally have many questions about GMOs including what foods are they in?; are they safe?; Read More >

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