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Biotech Crops Contribute to Sustainable Farming and Global Food Affordability

PG Economics released April 28 its latest reports detailing the global economic and environmental benefits of biotech crops. Since 1996, biotech crop adoption has contributed to reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, decreased pesticide spraying, significantly boosted farmers’ incomes and resulted in lower real world prices for corn, canola, soybeans and the main derivatives of these crops,” said Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, co-author of the reports. “The technology has also Read More >

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Biotechnology Makes Agricultural Production More Earth-Friendly

Greener Farming Means Cleaner Air, Water, Land and Energy Despite the current and predicted agricultural challenges posed by climate change and increased demands on farmland and natural resources, farmers around the world are able to practice Earth-friendly farming thanks to agricultural biotechnology.  In celebration of Earth Day 2010, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is increasing awareness of the many environmental benefits provided by biotech crops, trees and genetically engineered animals. Biotechnology provides tools and technologies Read More >

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Fear of Science Will Kill Us

CNN carried on its web page this week a “Ted Talk” video that features author Michael Specter speaking positively about biotech products and about the public fear of science.  Specter is staff writer at The New Yorker, and author of the book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.  TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” hosts talks on many subjects and makes them available through Read More >

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Academicsreview.org Answers Anti-Biotech Claims

A new website, Academics Review, scientifically examines claims against biotech foods made by food activist Jeffrey Smith. Founders Bruce Chassy, Ph.D., professor of food microbiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. David Tribe, Ph.D., senior lecturer in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, authored a point-by-point scientific analysis of Smith’s claims, which is posted on the site. Reliable information is extremely important Read More >

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National Academy of Sciences Says Genetic Engineering Could Save Florida’s Oranges

Genetic engineering holds great potential for resisting the threat of diseases that have recently devastated Florida’s citrus industry, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Sciences. Since its discovery in 2005, citrus greening disease has spread to nearly every orange-growing county in Florida, carried by an invasive relative of the aphid, the Asian citrus psyllid. The bacterial disease has already cut the state’s orange juice production by several percentage points, Read More >

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