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Ambassador Darci Vetter to Keynote Food and Ag Track at 2016 BIO International Convention

Darci Vetter

Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will deliver the keynote address during the Food and Agriculture track at the 2016 BIO International Convention.   As the Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Ambassador Vetter is responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination regarding agricultural trade. Prior to her current appointment, Ambassador Vetter served as the Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she oversaw the Read More >

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Food Waste: Can Biotech Play a Role?

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“40% of food grown in U.S. is wasted.” – House Ag Commitee Chairman Conaway On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine what voluntary efforts can be done to address the issue of food waste. The hearing was titled Food Waste from Field to Table and witnesses included Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with several other experts on the issue. Ms. Dana Gunders, Senior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, National Resources Defense Read More >

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Science Committee Hearing Examines the “Science of Zika”

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From yellow fever, to dengue fever, to Nile Virus – humans are constantly under siege from new mosquito-transmitted diseases.” – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to examine the science of the Zika virus and the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the disease. During the “Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic,” experts testified on the science Read More >

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GMO Answers: How One Farmer Decides Which Seeds are Best for His Farm

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When it comes to GMOs, you’ll hear a lot of arguments about why they are “bad” and should be avoided. Some of these claims are health-related, others about environmental sustainability. And, some make incorrect claims about farmers’ ability to choose the seeds they grow on their farms, alleging that seed companies lock farmers into contracts and force them to buy specific products. Most people might learn about seeds in a grade school science class, but Read More >

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We’ve Just Planted the World’s 5-Billionth Acre of GM Crops


The world’s farmers have passed a remarkable milestone: We’ve just planted the world’s 5-billionth acre of genetically modified crops. We don’t know exactly where it happened or even on what day it occurred. But we know that it must have taken place this spring, probably in the northern hemisphere, according to statistics maintained by the Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade & Technology), which has tracked the global planting and harvesting of these remarkable Read More >

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