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House Ag Subcommittee Considers the Societal Benefits of Biotechnology

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“Organic farmers do not need to demonize conventional farmers, we are one agriculture,” opened Ranking Member. Kurt Schrader (OR-05). On July 9, 2014 at 10:00am, the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing “To consider the societal benefits of biotechnology”. Witnesses included: Dr. David Just, Professor, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, Read More >

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Will We Ever Have Genetically Modified Meat?

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Currently, there are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption on the market, reports Popular Science. As you might have guessed, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology or safety; it’s because of the politics. GM foods are deeply unpopular as of now, and GM food animals are especially so. After reading an article concerning GM animals from The Scientist showing how effective they can be, Read More >

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GMO Labeling Wack-a-Mole: Oregon and Colorado Consider Ballot Initiatives

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As many state legislatures have concluded their sessions, one might think the debate around GMO labeling legislation would fade. But now, new ballot initiatives are raising their heads. Backers of a state-wide initiative in Oregon that would require labels for foods containing GMOs turned in more than 155,000 signatures last week, virtually guaranteeing a spot on the November ballot. Likewise in Colorado, a labeling proponent group has gathered at least 75,000 signatures, nearing the 86,105 Read More >

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Scientists React to Republished Séralini GMO Maize Rat Study

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A controversial study, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”, purporting to show that glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.  The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) suffered kidney, liver, tumors, and pituitary problems. The Séralini study was retracted last Read More >

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A Modern Solution to Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease as well as gluten intolerance is widespread amongst the population, but recently a team of talented researchers may have found the solution to their distress- genetically modified wheat. Researchers Cristina Rosella, Francisco Barrob, Carolina Sousac, and Ma Carmen Menad investigated ways to ‘silence’ protein coding genes that are responsible for triggering adverse immune responses in those with celiac disease.   Their research as recently published in the Journal of Cereal Science.  Jefferson Adams of Read More >

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