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Biotech Crops Continue to Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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Despite showing a 1 percent net marginal decrease in biotech crop acres (for the first time in 20 years), the annual ISAAA report shows that biotech crops are still preferred by 18 million farmers around the world for the environmental and economic benefits they provide. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” details the global Read More >

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GMO Labels Won’t Make Your Food Safer

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As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. following Spring recess, the debate over GMO food labeling continues.  Senate leaders insist that the issue is a priority that should be rectified with a GMO food labeling system implemented at the national level to avoid the cost and confusion associated with a state-by-state patchwork of differing laws. The devil is in the details, however, as policymakers try to draft legislation to please both sides of the debate. Meanwhile, Read More >

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Bacteria and Innovation

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Bacteria get a pretty bad rap. Most people associate them with disease, or making food spoil.  But in reality, bacteria serve a vital function in nature. And while it is true that some bacteria like Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, it is also true that others such as a bacteria called Rhizobia convert free nitrogen into a form that the plants can use in order to grow. As our latest article in Forbes, Bacteria Are Revolutionizing Read More >

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Anti-Science Crusade Targets GE Salmon (again)

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Mainstream media outlets – including Reuters and the Wall Street Journal – covered the announcement by the Center for Food Safety that it and other groups are asking a federal court to stop the FDA’s approval of the genetically engineered AquAdvantage Salmon. In a lawsuit filed on March 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the groups, which also include Food and Water Watch, Earthjustice and Friends of the Earth, Read More >

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GMO Labeling Reform – Let’s Try it Again

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Former Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Agriculture, Marshall Matz, recently published an opinion editorial arguing that the world will find it much “more difficult, if not impossible, to feed itself in the years ahead unless it continues to use the most modern science to increase the food supply and make agriculture more sustainable.” AgriPulse published the piece which also contends that transparency is also important in modern America, so Read More >

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