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Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional

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Scientific American’s “Science Sushi” blog looks at common myths around organic and mainstream agriculture.  Blogger Christie Wilcox says upfront that there are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods.  But organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods, and people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. So Wilcox looks at organic’s four most common Read More >

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How to grow the economy and feed the world

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By Barbara Wells, President and CEO, ArborGen Chair, BIO Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board For the past two decades, the United States has led the world in crop biotechnology innovation. Under this leadership, American growers have produced most of the world’s food, fiber and energy, while the U.S. agricultural sector experienced sustained economic growth and a positive trade balance. But an increasingly complicated regulatory system and threats of litigation from opponents of technology have Read More >

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They engineered a better salmon, so why is Congress blocking it?

Steven Salzberg from Fighting Pseudoscience writes: What happened to genetically modified salmon? A few months back I was looking forward to my first taste of the new AquaBounty salmon, which grows to maturity twice as fast as wild salmon. Will it taste just as good? Better? I thought I’d know soon. But then politics intervened. Fighting Pseudoscience is a blog from Forbes.

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Biotech addresses food security, climate change: Potential economic growth engine

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By Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion and require nearly a doubling of agricultural output to provide an adequate food supply. At the same time, the world’s agricultural system will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity and climate change, raising the risk of production shortfalls in a world where over 800 million people are already undernourished. A challenge like Read More >

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Biotech for Now, and for the Future

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Written by Scott Swenson – Scott Swenson is a wheat grower from Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and Chairman, National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee.  He was a panelist on our Food & Ag Media Breakfast at the 2011 BIO International Convention panel titled, “WINNING THE FUTURE:  Does U.S. Ag Policy Support or Discourage Innovation?” on June 29. Did you know that biotechnology in plants saves fuel and machinery usage by Read More >

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