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GMO Answers Celebrates #NationalHoneybeeDay

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In recognition of the crucial role that honey bees play in pollinating agricultural crops, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially declared in August, 2009 that August 22 would become National Honey Bee Awareness Day. National Honey Bee Awareness Day was started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry. Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value and is an essential component of the production of more Read More >

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Academics Weigh In on Journal Article: “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”

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An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by biotech critics Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook condemns the use of GMO crops and herbicides.  Ultimately, the authors offer a pair of personal recommendations calling for the EPA to delay its permit for Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D; and urging for the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Push back on the article and Landrigan’s and Benbrook’s recommendations has been Read More >

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Why Ranchers Have More Clout Than Dr. Oz

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Media articles about the debate around biotech crops and GMO food labeling are a dime a dozen these days. But one in particular caught my eye this week. Posted on the BEEF Daily blog, Amanda Radke describes her sister Kaley’s experience in talking about GMOs as part of her work with 4-H. Amanda also references new findings from the Center for Food Integrity about credibility in the public arena. I remember hearing Amanda speak a Read More >

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Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

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“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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Reflecting on July 2015: “The Ag Biotech Debate Was Front and Center”

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Agri-Pulse recently published an op-ed titled “The Biotechnology Riddle” by Marshall Matz which outlined how ag biotech was “front and center” in both executive and congressional affairs this past July. He guides readers through the actions taken by legislative officials to promote the benefits of biotechnology and scientific literacy. First on July 2nd the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of U.S. Trade Representative issued an Executive Memorandum to “Modernize Read More >

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