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The Zika Virus and Global Food Security – Connection?


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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The New York Times Dispels Fairytale Rumors Around the Zika Virus


“Although there is no absolute proof that the Zika virus is behind the surge in microcephaly in Brazil and outbreaks of Guillain-Barré syndrome in six countries, the world’s leading health authorities are close to certain that it is,” The New York Times writes. Unfortunately, many rumors blaming other potential causes for the spread of this virus has arisen. In a recent piece, The New York Times takes a look at the most prominent theories making the rounds Read More >

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Take Action Now to Support Senator Pat Roberts’ GMO Labeling Bill!

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On Friday, February  19th, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts posted his GMO labeling bill which would block states from introducing their own labeling laws. The bill would also require the Agriculture Department to set national standards for voluntarily labeling of food and foods containing bioengineered (bill defines the term bioengineered) ingredients. Further, it requires USDA and the Health and Human Services Department to survey consumer knowledge about Ag Biotech to determine whether consumers have access Read More >

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Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune

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GMO Answers Forbes blog has recently published a piece by Dr. Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto. In “Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune,” Dr. Fraley opens by arguing that climate change, vaccines and GMOs are popular targets of the war on science. In his piece, Dr. Fraley focuses on the financial costs of scientific denialism in the areas of vaccinations, climate change and genetically modified crops: In case Read More >

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