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Benefits of GE Crops Highlighted in USDA Report

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Farmer adoption of genetically engineered (GE) crops is associated with time savings, lower insecticide use, and more conservation tillage, according to a new USDA study. The report, “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States” by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth James Wechsler, Michael Livingston, and Lorraine Mitchell was released by USDA’s Economic Research Service on February 20. According to USDA: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops (mainly corn, cotton, and soybeans) were planted on 169 million acres in 2013, Read More >

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GMO Answers Piece “Random Thoughts etc”

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The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science, compiled by Fourat Janabi, features contributions by public scientists, authors, farmers, science writers and journalists who answer the hard questions surrounding GMOs. It is “THE book on GMOs” intended to counter fabricated and destructive activism permeating the biotech discussion based on little more than anecdote and ideology. As an independent expert, Janabi does a notable job of collecting reliable content from reputable and credible GMO experts that can Read More >

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No, GMOs Won’t Harm Your Health

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In a recent Mother Jones Inquiring Minds piece, Indre Viskontas interviewed Dr. Steven Novella, a renowned neurologist at Yale University. Dr. Novella does a wonderful job of outlining the myths and facts surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms: “Almost everything I hear about [industrial agriculture] is a myth. It’s such an emotional issue—a highly ideological and politicized issue—that what I find is that most of what people write and say and believe about it just fits into some Read More >

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GM Crop Technology Provides Boost to Developing Country Farmers

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Millions of farmers around the world continue to choose to plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop varieties because of their environmental and socio-economic benefits and the important role they play in maintaining food security, according to a new study. The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013, released annually by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million farmers in 27 countries are growing biotech crops on Read More >

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Bring Biofortified’s Frank N. Foode™ to Life!

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Biology Fortified (BFI) is launching a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to fund the creation of 500 copies of their blog mascot, Frank N. Foode™. Frank N. Foode™, an adorable plush GM corn, was first handcrafted in 2009 by Karl Haro von Mogel to remind us of the important role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives. This iconic symbol has gotten his photo taken with people, plants, and in exotic places, all to help make the Read More >

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