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Is it Possible for Dragons to Exist Beyond Mythology?

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The folklore of dragons continues to remain popular even in modern time. References to fire breathing dragons have been made in such popular films as The Lord of Rings, and even the award-winning show Game of Thrones. “Scholars say that belief in dragons probably evolved independently in both Europe and China, and perhaps in the Americas and Australia as well.”…Many have speculated about which real-life animals inspired the first legends. Smithsonian.com lists out the likeliest culprits in Read More >

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How Genetic Modification is Changing Food for the Better

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“The world’s population is expected to reach or surpass nine billion by 2050 and current popular opinion is that at the current rate of production, there will not be enough food to feed the world. Enough food for a larger population is only one reason behind the support for genetic modification (GM). This got us thinking – how is genetic modification changing food?”  In a recent Best Food Facts article, renowned experts Ruth MacDonald, PhD, RD, Chair Read More >

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Let’s Take a Look Back at 2015: Agriculture

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2015 was a year of challenges and accomplishments for the Agriculture Industry. Trade, GMO labeling and the COOL Act are just naming a few items that were up for discussion and debate. Below are 10 noteworthy Ag events that happened in 2015, making it a memorable year for the industry. GE Salmon – After more than two decades of regulatory review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Read More >

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How Gene-Editing Can Curb World Hunger And Pesticide Use

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The CRISPR-Cas9 method is a high-tech method used for genome editing. It has many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic diseases. However, recently around the world, scientists have been researching how to use this gene-editing technique to help stop world hunger, end the use of pesticides and improve our health. The Huffington Post writes that CRISPR-Cas9 could allow farmers to grow crops that are bigger, tougher and more nutritious. Hypoallergenic peanuts? Wheat that is invulnerable to mildew? Drought-resistant corn or healthier tomatoes? CRISPR Read More >

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A Clue to Growing Food on Mars Someday

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With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, the Martian has become a box office hit, grossing over $571 million worldwide. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. With a limited amount of supplies, he must find a way to survive on the hostile planet while members of NASA and fellow crew members work to bring him back home.  The conditions on Mars aren’t conducive for human survival making for Read More >

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