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IFIC Survey: Americans’ Satisfaction with Current Food Labels Remains High

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The International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) released its 2014 “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” Survey which explores U.S. adult consumers’ awareness, perceptions, and behaviors with respect to various aspects of plant and animal biotechnology, modern agriculture, and sustainability. The Survey was fielded by Market Strategies International of Livonia, Mich., between March 28 and April 7, 2014, and involved 1,000 U.S. adults polled using an online survey tool. Results were weighted based on gender, age, race, education, Read More >

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Are GMOs the Climategate of the Left?

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I’ve heard the word “momentum” a lot lately. Vermont signed its GMO labeling law on May 8. Voters in Jackson County, Oregon this week approved a ban on GMO cultivation, a move that will dictate to area farmers what they can and can’t grow. And just today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shepherded through the Appropriations Committee an amendment to mandate the labeling of the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, when it is approved by the FDA. Read More >

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GMO Answers Independent Expert Spotlight

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GMO Answers has committed to doing a better job of answering the public’s questions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This means ensuring that we have a robust collection of experts senior in the field of agricultural biotechnology who will answer your questions with the highest integrity. One of these independent experts is Ruth MacDonald, Professor and Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa Read More >

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Jackson County GMO Cultivation Ban Isn’t Really About Contamination

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A recent piece by Xiao Zhi Lim of the Genetic Literacy Project notably counters contamination arguments made by organic farmers in Jackson County, Oregon. Her article “Oregon counties vote on measures to ban GMO farming to guard organic farmers from ‘contamination’” examines how these false concerns have helped organic farmers stifle their competition. In Oregon’s May 20 primary election, “the spotlight was on Jackson County” while residents passed Measure 15-119 which ultimately bans the cultivation Read More >

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Want to Increase Food Insecurity in New York? Label GMOs!

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In January 2014, the New York GMO Labeling Bill A.3525 was introduced to require that food or food products containing a genetically modified material or that are produced with a genetically modified material to be labeled. According to www.feedingamerica.org, “one in six American consumers goes to bed hungry. One contributory factor being that food prices are too high.” If the GMO Labeling bill in New York were to pass, grocery costs would rise and the Read More >

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