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Agricultural Coexistence: We All Can Get Along

James Brewbaker

On March 12-13, 2015, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance the understanding of agricultural coexistence. Coexistence is not a safety issue. Agricultural Coexistence is the practice of concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and farmer choices. The Workshop will discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders. It Read More >

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Consumer Reports Does Consumers No Favors

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Like most people, I enjoy Consumer Reports for their ability to provide fact-based product reviews when I’m shopping for a new toaster or a computer or a car.  So it’s disheartening to learn that Consumer Reports‘ advice isn’t always fact-based. Take, for example, their recent article “GMO foods: What you need to know.”  I wish the title of this was “GMO foods: What Consumers Union wants you to believe.”  Consumers Union – as noted in Read More >

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GMO Answers Highlights the Potential of GM Varieties for non-GM Commodity Crops

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Each week in February, GMO Answers highlighted a different commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 looked at corn, soybean and cotton.  Week 4 explored a few commodity crops that are non-GM, including cassava, peanuts and rice, and the potential for GM varieties of these crops. Cassava Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, provides basic sustenance for over half a billion people…According to a study Read More >

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Industry Comes Together to Improve the Introduction of Ag Biotech Products into the Marketplace

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Representatives of several farm, grain trade and biotech companies have been meeting on a regular basis to try to develop better “rules of the road” for the introduction of new ag biotech products. Agripulse covered the story on how the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) is working to find common ground on the introduction, stewardship, and distribution of commodities and processed products containing or derived from modern biotechnology. The USBCA’s founding organizations are the National Corn Growers Association, Read More >

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The Administration Focuses on Improving Food Safety

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The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency that would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services and serve as the primary voice on food safety standards and compliance with those standards. The Agency would be named the Food Safety Administration, the Obama administration said in its new budget request. The New York Times covered the story here: …At least 15 government agencies — from the Environmental Protection Agency to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — have Read More >

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