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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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A Look Back at GMO Answers’ Top 10 Consumer Questions

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GMO Answers conducted a national survey to identify, for the first time, the top questions consumers have about GMOs. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions and reached out to scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts to provide answers. You can also find these answers on our Top 10 GMO Questions Pinboard and our GMO Answers website. Here’s a quick recap of each week: Week #10 – If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat? In brief: In Read More >

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The Eucalyptus Genome Reveals Potential Breakthroughs

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More than just food for Koalas, Eucalyptus trees are already used for producing timber, fuel, medicinal and industrial oils. In a recent piece published by Reuters, Will Dunham highlights how an international team of researchers worked to unveil the genetic blueprint of the tree species Eucalyptus grandis in order to maximize its potential in biofuels. “The main interest is understanding how these trees grow so fast and how they are able to produce such large Read More >

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Alliance Development Meets Animal Biotechnology

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On June 3rd, 2014, BIO hosted a briefing entitled “The Untapped Potential of Advanced Modeling: How Animal Biotech Speeds Drug Development” to showcase the growing field of biomedical applications through animal biotechnology. Panelists specifically highlighted opportunities for GE animal models of human disease to help patients with devastating diseases. The panel included three experts in the field: Danielle Kerkovich, PhD, the Principal Scientist of Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, John Swart, PhD, President of Exemplar Genetics, and Read More >

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Why We Need IPR for GMOs

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At GMO Answers, we’ve received several questions about corporate intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents on GMO seeds, with many believing that patents hurt farmers by forcing them to purchase new seeds each year instead of using the seeds they harvest. On the contrary, patents actually help farmers gain access to new technologies by facilitating innovation, by enabling seed developers to invest significant time and resources in creating new technologies that will provide farmers with Read More >

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