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March is National Nutrition Month!

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National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our Read More >

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Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law: Caveat Emptor 

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Access to information is practically a birthright today.  Whether through iPhones, iPads, the Internet, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms, we literally have more information at our fingertips than ever before.  What if, however, an information source is only 50 percent accurate?  The public would almost certainly ignore or disregard that source. It seems like common sense then that a law such as Vermont’s GMO labeling statute that purports to promote transparency Read More >

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Vermont Invades Your Kitchen

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As discussion over GMO food labeling moves to the Senate with consideration of S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, the Wall Street Journal editorial board explains how Vermont’s state rule to label GMO foods will raise costs nationwide: The Constitution gives Congress the power to oversee interstate commerce, including the right to pre-empt state laws that dictate rules for businesses that operate nationwide. The organic legislators of Vermont will soon mandate deceptive and costly Read More >

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The Zika Virus and Global Food Security – Connection?

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Yes, there is a connection! Marshall Matz, agriculture and global food security expert at OFW Law, explains this connection and how genetic energy can meet both challenges in his piece recently published by AgriPulse. Matz discusses that despite the strong relationship between health care, nutrition and food security, the public has a varying acceptance of each issue:  Q.  Is there a connection between the Zika virus and global food security? A.   Yes. Genetic engineering has an important role Read More >

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WHO Supports Male Assassins to Target Female Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus

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The race is on to better understand, diagnose and prevent Zika virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the human and social consequences for the 30 countries with recently detected Zika outbreaks could be “staggering”. So how could genetically engineered mosquitoes play a central role in the emergency R&D response being developed by the WHO? Mosquitoes are by far the most deadly animal to humans. Deaths from malaria are the most common cause, killing Read More >

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