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Nature Biotech Comes Out Against the Mandatory Labeling of GMOs

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Nature Biotechnology recently published an editorial piece that looks at how the mandatory labeling of GM foods in the United States will not only make all food more costly but also create unnecessary confusion for customers. The piece identifies cost as the foremost problem when it comes to the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Many assume that mandatory labeling just means printing more detailed labels but it in fact it’s much more than that and Read More >

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GMO Answers Addresses Biodiversity and GM Crops

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With an increasing global population, heightened consumer demand, and a changing climate, agriculture’s current and future impact on the environment and ecosystems is a cause for concern for many. Visitors to GMO Answers have asked many questions about the environmental impacts of GMOs, including how biodiversity is effected by the introduction of GM crops. GMO Answers independent expert Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Director, International Biotechnology Program at the University of California, Davis, answered this four-part question: Are Read More >

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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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How Cattle are Being Used in the Fight Against Ebola

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When looking at cattle, you may have a tendency to think steak or hamburger. However, those in the field of animal biotechnology are working on products that will have you looking at cattle in a completely different way. In her piece, GMO Cattle Produce Serum to Fight Hantavirus, Maggie Fox of NBC News, reports on how the biopharmaceutical company, SAB Biotherapeutics, has genetically engineered cattle to produce serum that can help treat such deadly diseases has Ebola. The article in its entirety can Read More >

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