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100+ Ag Organizations and Academics Applaud World Food Prize’s Biotech Focus

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The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.  The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply – food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.  It emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all Read More >

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Hawaiian State Legislature’s Selective Memory toward Papaya Saving Science

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In recent years, the papaya fruit has become a leading export for the island of Hawaii with it being the island’s second-largest fruit crop with an estimated value of $18 million.  The fruit has also served as a key source of Vitamins A and C for native Hawaiians, which would otherwise be difficult and expensive for them to obtain elsewhere.  This was not always the case for Hawaiian agriculture, especially as it relates to this Read More >

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Despite Opposition from the Scientific Community, Efforts to Label GMOs Continue

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The editors of Scientific American™ have notably compiled several firm arguments to counter support for labeling of foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  In their recent editorial titled, Label for GMO Foods Are a Bad Idea, Scientific American™ has successfully demonstrated how GMO labeling limits consumer choice, how foods containing GM ingredients can provide consumers with vital nutrients and how GMOs can be less costly to their conventional counterparts.  Here is a sample of Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The New York Times Weighs in on Golden Rice Destruction

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Amy Harmon wrote for the New York Times about the August 8 attack and destruction of the genetically modified Golden Rice fields in the Bicol region of the Philippines: Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety Read More >

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