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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshots: PhylloTech, LLC

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Next month in San Diego at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Science foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)to host the first-ever BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Companies are rigorously vetted through the NIH and NSF SBIR review process Read More >

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How Mandatory GMO Labeling Became Law in Vermont

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Today, May 8, 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin officially signed into law GMO labeling bill H. 112. This legislation requires certain products sold in the Vermont to be labeled if they are “partially produced with genetic engineering.” Enacted without any triggers, the law will automatically go into effect July 2016, making Vermont the first state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the signing, a female speaker told the crowd that Read More >

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PG Economics Report Shows GM Crops to Increase Environmental Sustainability

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In a recent press release, BIO’s Cathy Enright calls attention to the recently published PG Economics report, “GM Crops:  Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2012”. The economic benefits for farmers who use genetically modified (GM) seeds amounted to an average of more than $117/hectare in 2012, according to the PG Economics report. Farmers around the world who use seeds improved with biotechnology are benefiting economically while improving the environmental sustainability of their farming operations. “Half of the Read More >

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Base Food Labeling on Fact, Not Fear

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The Los Angeles Times Editorial board published a wonderful op-ed focusing on the scare tactics used to garner support for California GMO labeling bill SB 1381. State Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) has said that her bill doesn’t make judgments about whether genetically engineered food is inherently good or bad but merely informs consumers. Yet the wording says otherwise. It’s full of negative declarations about such food, with no mention of the positives. “United States government scientists have stated Read More >

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A Farmer Talks About the Burdensome Costs of GMO Labeling

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Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietitian, has a wonderful blog titled the The Foodie Farmer Blog, which regularly engages readers in robust conversations about food and farming. A post from Schmidt titled The Costs of GMO Labeling was recently posted to our GMO Answers site as she provides a great pictorial analysis of the food supply chain – from her farm gate to storage – and the cost implications of labeling GMOs on this Read More >

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