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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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GMO Answers Provides an Overview of GMOs in Medicine

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With genetically engineered therapies for the infectious disease, Ebola, currently undergoing testing for safety and efficacy, GMO Answers is highlighting the use of genetic engineering in other biomedical applications. The post’s author, Richard Green, also looks at why GMOs, though used in both agriculture and medicine, are more controversial in agricultural applications. The technology of genetic modification or genetic engineering was first developed in the early 1970s, commercialized in pharmaceutical applications in the early 1980s, and then agricultural Read More >

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Jim Murray Closes BIO LBS with Memorable Keynote

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“We need to learn how to feed the world better,  We cannot feed the world using organic or hunter-gatherer technologies.” – Dr. Jim Murray In his closing Keynote, Dr. James Murray, Professor Animal Science and Population Health at the University of California at Davis reminded attendees how vital animal biotechnology will be in helping to feed a rapidly growing population. Dr. Murray opened by commenting that one child dies every 5 seconds because of hunger. “This Read More >

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South Dakota Gov Daugaard Recieves BIO Food & Ag Award

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This week, BIO presented South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard the first ever food and agriculture Legislator of the Year Award at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. When presenting the award, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commented that “Governor Daugaard is a true champion of the biotechnology industry and has made investing in and promoting South Dakota’s bioeconomy a hallmark of his time in office. Washington, can learn a thing or two from Governor Daugaard’s Read More >

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NIFA Addresses Leveraging Research Funding in Animal Biotechnology

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“We do need biotechnology as a tool!” – Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. In his presentation, “Leveraging Research Money in Animal Biotechnology,” Dr. Ramaswamy spoke on finding the nexus between measurable health outcomes and leveraging research funding at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit. “You may have the best technology at your hands but unable Read More >

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