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President Obama Endorses Ag Biotech

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In an April 11 letter to Julie Borlaug, President Obama wrote about how pleased he was to join in the celebration of her grandfather, Norman Borlaug, and his life and passion for feeding the hungry through biotechnology. Through ag biotech, Norman Borlaug, known as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” made it his life’s work to eradicate world hunger and was recently recognized posthumously for his contributions to the field. Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse highlighted President’s Obama’s remarks to Read More >

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Gluten Free: Does Glyphosate Cause Celiac Disease? Actually, No!

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Dr. Peter Olins, Co-founder of Ultimate Gluten Free, provided a must read response to our GMO Answers page debunking the myth that glyphosate causes celiac disease. The herbicide glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is frequently mischaracterized as a cause of celiac disease serving as a catalyst for those anti-biotech. From his post, we wanted to highlight how Dr. Olins notably discredits the link between glyphosate and celiac disease. “A 2013 article by A. Samsel and Read More >

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Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito

In a recent article, published by Globalpost, John Otis writes on how the small town of Jacobina, Brazil used agricultural biotechnology to help control the occurrence of Dengue Fever. By releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species, Jacobina farmers will be better able to carry out their daily duties with a reduced risk of acquiring the disease.  “We need to provide alternatives because the system we have now in Brazil doesn’t Read More >

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Support for GM Eggplant Reawakens at GMA Science Forum

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At the 2014 Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) Science Forum, the State Department’s senior advisor for biotechnology, Jack Bobo, reminded attendees of the importance of developing countries having access to much-needed agricultural tools.  “We need to see [biotechnology] products that matter to people,” he said. “We need to see products where consumers and farmers are begging for the technology.” That’s happening in Bangladesh, he added.  Bobo’s panel titled “Global Issues: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Read More >

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“No Need to Label GMOs” Says FDA

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The Nation’s Leading Regulatory Body on Food Safety Reaffirms Safety of GMOs On March 28, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified to the House Appropriations Committee on the FDA’s 2015 budget request. In a line of questioning, she was asked about the labeling of GMOs. The Hill’s Benjamin Goad tracked her response reaffirming that the FDA will not label GM foods. “Margaret Hamburg told lawmakers this week that the agency remains Read More >

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