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Soda Cans and Pesticides

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This past weekend I took my entire family and a friend and her mom to the Monsanto open house event.  We were treated to a nice non-organic buffet of local style appetizers from maki sushi to tonkatsu.  We also got to learn about the Japanese Cultural Center’s collaboration with Monsanto and the National Park Service in preserving the former Japanese internment camp known as Honouliuli. My kids had a chance to learn about bugs and Read More >

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“Then Boundless Chestnut Woods,” Thoreau

Restoring the American Chestnut, GE Trees

American chestnut trees are iconic image of American agriculture. Unfortunately, a terrible fungus has nearly wiped out the once estimated four billion that grew from Maine to Georgia. A recent piece in The Conversation explores the history of American Chestnut and Chestnut blight and how one “genetic tweak” could help restore its population. The species was nearly wiped out by chestnut blight, a devastating disease caused by the exotic fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica. This fungus was accidentally Read More >

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Transgenic Mosquito Ready to Join War on Zika Virus

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A number of media outlets are reporting on the mosquito-borne Zika virus and how concern is growing as cases are identified within the United States. Officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that the Zika virus is “is now spreading explosively” with the disease in 23 countries and territories in the Americas, according to a CNN report. A Reuters report offers hope that a genetically modified mosquito can reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes spreading Read More >

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“Why University-Industry Collaborations in Biotechnology Matter”

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Last week, GMO Answers published a piece on the GMO Answers Forbes blog by Anthony M. Boccanfuso, president of the University Industry Demonstration Partnership. The blog was is titled “Why University-Industry Collaborations in Biotechnology Matter” and provides an overview of university-industry collaborations and how they are creating innovation. “Collaboration encourages the transfer of university research findings into innovative products that can benefit society and stimulate economic growth.” – Boccanfuso Read here in its entirety Mr. Boccanfuso’s blog Why Read More >

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States Shouldn’t Undermine A Pathway to A Federal Solution to the GMO Disclosure Issue

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The year is not yet a month old but several state legislatures are already considering state GMO labeling bills. In Maine, the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is holding a work session today on a pair of GMO labeling bills that carried over from 2015. On Tuesday, January 26th, the New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture is holding a hearing on a GMO labeling bill that was introduced earlier this year. Meanwhile, Read More >

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