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Standing up for Science!

GMO Answers

Recent media coverage has spotlighted consumer skepticism of science. From this National Geographic article that explores “why so many reasonable people are skeptical of science” to a recent PEW study that shows a widening gap between scientists and the general public – there is a national dialogue about peoples’ perception and trust in science in the U.S. As part of this conversation, consumers have questions about how scientific research is funded, the collaborative relationship between academia and the private sector, Read More >

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BIO Celebrates National Rice Month with Golden Rice!

Golden Rice

September is National Rice Month! To celebrate, BIO wanted to to highlight the amazing and lifesaving biofortified crop, Golden Rice. Golden Rice is a genetically modified rice plant that produces and accumulates provitamin A (β-carotene) in the grain, something that doesn’t happen in naturally occurring rice plants. According to UNICEF, the estimated number of children deaths precipitated worldwide by vitamin A deficiency (VAD) every year lies at 1.15 million. Many more show VAD-related syndromes, among them loss of sight Read More >

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What if We Could Stop E. Coli at the Source?

E. Coli

According to a recent article in Food Safety News, Scientists have found out that genetically engineered plants can produce proteins able to reduce E. Coli on food. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce to produce colicins. The research team, led by scientists from two German biotech companies, Nomad Bioscience and Icon Genetics, found that certain plants, such as tobacco, can Read More >

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FOIA Attacks Against Biotech Scientists Get Personal

Alison Van Eenennaam

Much has been written and discussed online about the relationships between independent researchers and industry groups.  New York Times reporter Eric Lipton wrote about this in a detailed September 5 article, “Food Industry Enlisted Academics in GMO Lobbying War, Emails Show”. Lipton’s article comes about 6 months after U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) filed FOIA requests for emails and documents of more than forty public university faculty and staff members seeking to link these individuals Read More >

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Ag Groups Push China’s President Xi Jinping on Biotech

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

The U.S. agriculture sector is urging President Barack Obama to pressure China’s President Xi Jinping to improve his country’s biotech approval process when the two meet later this September, Politico Pro Ag’s Bill Tomson recently reported. BIO along 100 signatories signed on to the September 4th letter to the White House, encouraging the president to squeeze biotech into the agenda. According to Tomson, Obama already engaged Xi on China’s unreliable approval process in November during the Asia-Pacific Read More >

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