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How the GE Mushroom Could Change the Debate Around GMOs

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Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will not regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. Nature reported on the Agency’s announcement that the GM mushroom can now “be cultivated and sold without passing through the agency’s regulatory process” — making it the first CRISPR-edited organism to receive a green light from the US government. This is a great example of how biotechnology is being used to better our food. In fact, it Read More >

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From BioGENEius to the White House Science Fair

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My name is Mikayla Ockels, recipient of the Practical Impact Award from the 2015 National BioGENEius Science Fair, and I am excited and honored to have exhibited at the 2016 White House Science fair this month! Seven years ago I participated in my first local science fair and was completely unaware that the experience would be the start of an extraordinary scientific journey. Research gave me an outlet to unleash my inquisitive nature and indulge Read More >

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Celebrating Earth Day and GMOs

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Today is Earth Day, and people around the world are celebrating the holiday in different ways. Whether it’s biking to work, recycling, or getting involved with a community cleanup, people are thinking about their environmental footprint. And the food that people eat is part of this effort as well.  You may not know that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are helping to create a new era of sustainability in agriculture and food production. Our Earth Day Read More >

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Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

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As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

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Back Home On The Farm?

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Accurate or not, most people have an image of what farm life is like.  Perhaps it is a vision out of the 1950′s, like television hit Green Acres, or a 1980s farm/baseball movie like Field of Dreams. And most Millennials probably don’t even have a reference point of farm life.  Certainly most people don’t realize how modern technology has changed present day farming. Nor do many people realize how modern technology has impacted present day Read More >

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