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USDA Deregulates Non-Browning Apples

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Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection announced its decision to deregulate two varieties of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF)’s specialty non-browning apples. APHIS is taking this action based on a final plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) that finds the GE apples are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and other plants in the United States. APHIS also completed an environmental assessment (EA) to comply with the Read More >

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Can Biotech Opponents Quash Scientific Facts?

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Why are GMO opponents so worried about scientists who talk about biotechnology? Are they worried that the public will actually learn that GMOs aren’t scary and that they actually help make agriculture more sustainable and help keep food costs low? Are opponent groups scared of scientific facts? Science writer Keith Kloor explains in an article posted on the Science website that a dozen public sector scientists working in the field of biotechnology were hit with Read More >

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Achieving Food Security by 2050

“As the world population surpasses 9 billion people as estimated in 2050, increased demand for beef will be driven by the estimated 3 billion people expected to join the middle class who will be able to afford to add meat, milk and eggs to their diets,” Elanco, a global animal health company, claimed in a recent release. Agrimarketing covered Elanco’s statement on how farming innovations have allowed the beef industry to freeze carbon footprint and save Read More >

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Color Changing Flowers

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could break the mold and give your special someone something other than Roses for Valentine’s Day? Research being done at Revolution Bioengineering may allow you to do just that. Revolution Bioengineering is a new biotech company in Fort Collins, CO that is working on building a Petunia Circadia, a flower that changes color throughout the day. The petunia will be developed using synthetic biology. “There are exciting opportunities available right now in Read More >

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Does a “non-G.M.O” Label Really Mean without GMOs?

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In her article, Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules, Stephanie Strom examines the issues behind food manufacturers adding the phrase “non-G.M.O.” to their packaging without having to go through a verification process: So if more companies elect to put labels on their products stating that they are G.M.O.-free, whether verified or not, does that make the fierce policy debate increasingly moot? “It’s an interesting question,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, which lobbies Read More >

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