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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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Scientific Community Weighs in on GMO Labeling

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Requiring special labeling for food products containing GMO ingredients could have a number of negative impacts according to a report released today by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States” (CAST Issue Paper 54) examines arguments for and against labels, the costs involved with labeling, and experiences in countries that use mandatory labeling. Led by Task Force Chair Dr. Alison Read More >

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Remember the American Chestnut Tree on Arbor Day

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Today, April 25, 2014 is National Arbor Day and a reminder of the importance that individuals and groups need to plant and care for trees. This means ensuring that arboriculturists and foresters have access to the most up to date agricultural technologies. The American Chestnut blight is recent example of how genetic engineering has served as one of these vital technologies. A recent piece published in Scientific American told of the blight of the American Read More >

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Earth Day 2014: Biotech Makes Farming Earth-Friendly

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On Tuesday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day, and the biotech industry celebrates the many ways that technology has helped to revolutionize farming and make it more environmentally friendly. Not only are the world’s farmers producing more food than ever before, we’re able to do it in ways that conserve water, preserve soil nutrients, lessen the need for pesticide applications and reduce carbon emissions. Reducing Emissions No-till or low-till agriculture, in limited use prior Read More >

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Oregon Debates GMOs (Again!)

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A while back, Oregon looked at becoming the first state in the nation to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Fortunately, the measure was voted dead 71 to 29, and many predicted that the issue would never rise again. However, now a new anti-GMO measure has popped up in “The Beaver State”. A group of local farmers has been successfully able to get a GMO cultivation ban (Measure 15-119) on the ballot for Read More >

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