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The March of Genetic Food Progress

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You may already be familiar with Julie Kelly’s contributions to the Genetic Literacy Project but you may not know that she is a cooking instructor and food writer in Orland Park, Illinois. The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece by Julie Kelly on how ‘Farmaceuticals’ and other GM products are slowly being approved, despite political scare campaigns. Ms. Kelly’s piece does a great job of arguing how genetic engineering has gradually overcome fear-mongering and false misrepresentation from those who Read More >

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Is it Possible for Dragons to Exist Beyond Mythology?

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The folklore of dragons continues to remain popular even in modern time. References to fire breathing dragons have been made in such popular films as The Lord of Rings, and even the award-winning show Game of Thrones. “Scholars say that belief in dragons probably evolved independently in both Europe and China, and perhaps in the Americas and Australia as well.”…Many have speculated about which real-life animals inspired the first legends. Smithsonian.com lists out the likeliest culprits in Read More >

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How Genetic Modification is Changing Food for the Better

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“The world’s population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification (GM). This got us thinking – how is genetic modification changing food?”  In a recent Best Food Facts article, renowned experts Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair Read More >

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Let’s Take a Look Back at 2015: Agriculture

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2015 was a year of challenges and accomplishments for the Agriculture Industry. Trade, GMO labeling and the COOL Act are just naming a few items that were up for discussion and debate. Below are 10 noteworthy Ag events that happened in 2015, making it a memorable year for the industry. GE Salmon – After more than two decades of regulatory review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Read More >

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How Gene-Editing Can Curb World Hunger And Pesticide Use

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The CRISPR-Cas9 method is a high-tech method used for genome editing. It has many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic diseases. However, recently around the world, scientists have been researching how to use this gene-editing technique to help stop world hunger, end the use of pesticides and improve our health. The Huffington Post writes that CRISPR-Cas9 could allow farmers to grow crops that are bigger, tougher and more nutritious. Hypoallergenic peanuts? Wheat that is invulnerable to mildew? Drought-resistant corn or healthier tomatoes? CRISPR Read More >

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