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Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

On Wednesday at the BIO International Convention a panel called “Going on the Offense: Proactive Strategies to Reduce Uncertainty” focused on challenges facing agricultural biotech in the social media and regulatory worlds. Moderated by Peter Whitfield of Baker Hostetler, the panelists included David Bartlett of Levick and Geri Edens and Christopher Marraro, both of Baker Hostetler. Peter opened up the discussion by involving the audience in an interactive poll to determine their willingness to eat Read More >

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Think Organic Farming is Better for the Environment? Think Again.

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The eighth annual Global Impacts Study released this week by PG Economics quantifies the environmental benefits gained from the use of biotech crops. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of chemical insecticides with biotech crops,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture. “Since 1996 and the advent of agricultural biotechnology, farmers growing these crops have switched to more benign herbicides to help control weeds.” Enright adds, “The shift Read More >

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Panelists Talk GMOs at BIO Convention

Panelists Talk GMOs at BIO Convention

On Monday at BIO’s International Convention, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) hosted The Food Dialogues: Chicago, bringing together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives. The panel called “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers” featured moderator Ron Insana, CNCB and financial industry expert. Opening remarks from Congressman Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Robert Flider, director of Illinois Department of Agriculture set the Read More >

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Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Next week as the BIO International Convention comes to Chicago, centered in America’s heartland where food commodities are exchanged and philosophies about agricultural production are debated, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues, which bring together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives. The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel on April 22 at the BIO Convention is called, “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Read More >

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Don’t Misrepresent the Farmer Assurance Provision

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There has been quite a lot of hoopla in the anti-biotech community over a tiny provision in the spending bill recently signed by President Obama. The “Farmer Assurance Provision” protects farmers and growers when a previously approved and deregulated biotech seed becomes the subject of frivolous lawsuits. Opposition groups such as the Center for Food Safety use the judicial system to challenge USDA’s regulatory authority that governs biotech crops and to potentially halt the use of the Read More >

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