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GMO Answers Leaves an Impression at SXSW

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On March 14, 2015, GMO Answers launched its presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival by hosting a lively and productive panel at SouthBites discussing transparency in our food system. The one-hour panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post, with an interactive conversation between myself, Cathy Enright, and Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller. Tamar polled the audience at the beginning of the panel and it was split evenly, with a third Read More >

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When Did Science Become a Dirty Word?

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Cathleen Enright wrote a thoughtful commentary for CNBC on about how consumers are increasingly standing up for scientific evidence as being reliable on one issue, but questioning its validity on another, even when there’s an equally rigorous body of evidence. Examples of this exist – not just in the debate over GMOs – but also in discussions around climate change and childhood vaccines.   Enright is the executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Read More >

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You May Be Surprised to Know That It’s National Ag Week

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As we celebrate the beginning of Spring, we can also celebrate the start of National Ag Week and Ag Day. National Ag Week is a period to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Agri-Pulse, a leader in reporting on the latest in agricultural information, will hold a series of events in celebration of Read More >

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USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop

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On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

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Stop Vandalizing Science!

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On Thursday, March 5, at 6 a.m., around 1,000 female members of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) armed with sticks and knives broke into a cellulose company in San Paulo State and destroyed millions of samples of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus saplings.  Fox News and a number of international media outlets reported. The MST said in a communique that its activists invaded the facilities of FuturaGene Brasil Tecnologia, a company owned by Suzano Papel y Celulosa where genetic modification Read More >

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