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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture

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The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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GMO Answers Takes on Claims from Food Babe’s Recent Book

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Earlier this year, Vani Hari, also known as Food Babe, published her book, The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days. In this post, we’ll explore several of the inaccurate claims made in the book related to GMOs and provide expert perspectives on these topics. Read the entire post on the GMO Answers website here. Claim: “The government Read More >

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Driving to Drive Women in Ag Business

American Agri-Women 40th Anniversary

On June 1 in Easton, ME, American Agri-Women (AAW) set out on a 5 month long drive across the USA to celebrate their 40th anniversary and women’s roles in agriculture. Making stops at major cities like Washington D.C., the AAW strives to amplify the conversation between farmers, consumers, the media and lawmakers at their delicious BBQs, farm visits, manufacturing tours and other public events! Their drive will finish in November when they arrive at their annual convention Read More >

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