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World Food Day 2016: “Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Too.”


On October 16, 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system. FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most Read More >

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Can Technology Drive New Spurt in Agricultural Productivity?


Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. AgriPulse recently published a piece that takes a look at weather or not agricultural productivity gains can be sustained or even enhanced with application of new technologies in the short term. An excerpt of the article can be found here: …USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has been explaining to several Read More >

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Celebrate International Beer Day with Biotech!

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On the first Friday of every August, bars, restaurants, beer lovers and pubs all over the world get together to celebrate International Beer Day (IBD). Founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration. International Beer Day has three declared purposes: To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. Read More >

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BIO Delivers Keynote at the DoE’s Bioenergy 2016!


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office held its ninth annual “Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation” conference from July 12-14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference focused on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and break through technology barriers in order to achieve a stronger bioeconomy. Several topics that were addressed during programming included looking at innovative and emerging pathways; forecasting feedstocks; marketplace exploration; and strategic public engagement. On Wednesday July 13, 2016, Brent Erickson, BIO’s Executive Vice Read More >

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Food Fright 2.0

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Flush with success in passing a Vermont food labeling law that she hopes will single out GMO agricultural ingredients for consumer avoidance, Stacy Malkan of U.S. Right to Know now takes an opening shot in the next campaign against biotechnology-derived food ingredients. Ms. Malkan’s essay on Huffington Post focuses first on tearing down “the notion that technology can save us.” Next, she seeks to convince readers – primarily through repetition, rather than evidence – that Read More >

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