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Academics Weigh In on Journal Article: “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”

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An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by biotech critics Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook condemns the use of GMO crops and herbicides.  Ultimately, the authors offer a pair of personal recommendations calling for the EPA to delay its permit for Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D; and urging for the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Push back on the article and Landrigan’s and Benbrook’s recommendations has been Read More >

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Celebrating a Life-Saving Biotech Solution on World Mosquito Day

Mosquito pupae. World Mosquito Day.

Odds are the world’s deadliest animal is living in your home and you don’t know you are at risk. We do our best each day to make smart decisions to protect ourselves, our friends, our families and our neighbors from serious harm. But there is one danger lurking in many of our homes which is going unchecked. The Mosquito.  It beggars belief how a creature so small can be so dangerous, but mosquitoes kill one Read More >

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Why Ranchers Have More Clout Than Dr. Oz

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Media articles about the debate around biotech crops and GMO food labeling are a dime a dozen these days. But one in particular caught my eye this week. Posted on the BEEF Daily blog, Amanda Radke describes her sister Kaley’s experience in talking about GMOs as part of her work with 4-H. Amanda also references new findings from the Center for Food Integrity about credibility in the public arena. I remember hearing Amanda speak a Read More >

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Orange You Glad We Have Biotech?

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Down in the “Sunshine State,” Florida- grown citrus fruits are under attack—and biotechnology is their knight in shining armor. Citrus greening disease, discovered in 2005, is the most devastating citrus disease. By 2008, it had spread to all of the counties in Florida where citrus was grown. The disease is caused by the bacteria huanglongbing (HLB). It clogs the plant’s nutrient transport system, the phloem, so it cannot transport or absorb nutrients which are needed Read More >

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Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

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“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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