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It’s Fruit & Veggies Month!


September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month. The month-long event, sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Each day, Americans are bombarded by dozens of conflicting messages about the food they eat. Sometimes health professionals can’t even agree on what’s best. One thing they can agree on: Eat more fruits and vegetables. The scientific evidence is clear, and overwhelming. These foods can help maintain Read More >

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Could GM Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?


Genetically modified mosquitoes could be the solution to Hawaii’s quickly disappearing avian population, including the island’s famous honeycreepers, writes Michael Specter in The New Yorker: Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. The 2016 congress was held in Hawaii, which is fitting, since the state is often referred to as the endangered-species capital Read More >

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GMO Issues on the November Ballot


On November 8, voters in Sonoma County, CA and Key West, FL will weigh in on ballot measures related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In Sonoma County, activists collected enough signatures to put an initiative, now known as Measure M, on the ballot banning the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the county.  County voters defeated a similar measure in 2005 by a 55.2 percent to 44.8 percent. Although voters in other California counties have Read More >

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Animal Agriculture: An Industry Striving for Perfection and Committed to Continuous Improvement


I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to my work, so it’s no surprise I found my passion in an industry that also strives for perfection. Animal agriculture never stops reaching for the highest quality of animal care, environmental stewardship and food safety possible. The industry strives for perfection, but also knows that perfection is hard to come by in agriculture because farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and all those involved in the farm-to-fork process Read More >

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Opinion: “Florida’s families Depend on a Healthy Attitude Toward biotech”

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Mary Hartney, President of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association, recently submitted an opinion piece to The Ledger arguing that Floridians need to develop a healthier attitude towards biotech. In her piece, A Polk Perspective: Florida’s families depend on a healthy attitude toward biotech, explains that as a mother of two teenage daughters she worries over what kind of future they will have if activists block advances in the application of biotechnology. Read below an excerpt of her submission: Florida needs this technology to fight diseases in agriculture Read More >

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