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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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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshots: PhylloTech, LLC

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Next month in San Diego at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Science foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)to host the first-ever BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Companies are rigorously vetted through the NIH and NSF SBIR review process Read More >

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How Mandatory GMO Labeling Became Law in Vermont

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Today, May 8, 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin officially signed into law GMO labeling bill H. 112. This legislation requires certain products sold in the Vermont to be labeled if they are “partially produced with genetic engineering.” Enacted without any triggers, the law will automatically go into effect July 2016, making Vermont the first state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the signing, a female speaker told the crowd that Read More >

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