Category Archives: Farmer Gene

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

drought resistant corn

As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , ,

Back Home On The Farm?

2-1200x900

Accurate or not, most people have an image of what farm life is like.  Perhaps it is a vision out of the 1950′s, like television hit Green Acres, or a 1980s farm/baseball movie like Field of Dreams. And most Millennials probably don’t even have a reference point of farm life.  Certainly most people don’t realize how modern technology has changed present day farming. Nor do many people realize how modern technology has impacted present day Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , ,

Biotech Crops Continue to Benefit Farmers Worldwide

200531081-001

Despite showing a 1 percent net marginal decrease in biotech crop acres (for the first time in 20 years), the annual ISAAA report shows that biotech crops are still preferred by 18 million farmers around the world for the environmental and economic benefits they provide. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” details the global Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

GMO Labels Won’t Make Your Food Safer

GMO corn

As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. following Spring recess, the debate over GMO food labeling continues.  Senate leaders insist that the issue is a priority that should be rectified with a GMO food labeling system implemented at the national level to avoid the cost and confusion associated with a state-by-state patchwork of differing laws. The devil is in the details, however, as policymakers try to draft legislation to please both sides of the debate. Meanwhile, Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Bacteria and Innovation

health care, medicine

Bacteria get a pretty bad rap. Most people associate them with disease, or making food spoil.  But in reality, bacteria serve a vital function in nature. And while it is true that some bacteria like Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, it is also true that others such as a bacteria called Rhizobia convert free nitrogen into a form that the plants can use in order to grow. As our latest article in Forbes, Bacteria Are Revolutionizing Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , ,