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Food Fight: Food Companies Wrestle with GMO Perceptions

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General Mills made headline news when it announced it would re-label its original Cheerios and source the cereal’s tiny amount of sugar and corn starch from non-GMO crops. Some in the industry accused General Mills of caving into consumer paranoia about GMOs in foods, a new trend in the food manufacturing and retail arenas. Following General Mill’s example with Cheerios, Post did the same for its Grape-Nuts cereal, and Smart Balance for its butter-like spreads. Read More >

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Can GMO’s can be a win-win for the U.S. and China?

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Much has been written in the media recently about China’s rejection of shipments containing varieties of unapproved genetically modified corn. Trade disruption such as this is unnecessary and costly because the product in question has been approved for use in food, feed and for cultivation in several countries, including Argentina, Brazil, the European Union and the United States. This exposes a significant vulnerability in global commodity trade, as most countries maintain a zero tolerance policy Read More >

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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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The New GMO Message

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While farmers around the world – more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries – rely on the solutions that biotechnology helps to provide, the discussion around GMOs in food production has intensified. Much of the concern has been generated by misinformation online and across social media. For over a decade, myths about our members and our products were perpetuated. Our voice was not there, and consumers’ questions went unanswered. Without easy access to the Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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