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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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The Term GMO Has Multiple Facets

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PRI (Public Radio International)‘s Innovation Hub published a recent blog discussing why the term GMO has become ‘scientifically meaningless’. The story was first published as a blog post from PRI’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller. The blog is interesting because it reminds us that each biotech crop should be looked at on a case-to-case basis. The term Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) can be seen as having with having multiple interpretations: The reality is that GMOs — and the discussion around them — are more nuanced than many of us assume. And that starts Read More >

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GMO Answers Concludes Get to Know GMOs Month with People

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October is Get to Know GMOs Month, and GMO Answers is bringing you information about biotechnology in agriculture. In week one we discussed the biggest misconceptions about GMOs, followed by week where we covered GMO basics. In week three, we talked about the science of GMOs. Now in our final week, GMO Answers has reached out to the people who study and grow GMOs to share their perspectives with you.   The People Who Grow GMOs Watch the video below of Read More >

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5 Arguments from the GMO Debate That Have Lost Their Gusto

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The Washington Post recently published a piece titled The GMO Debate: 5 Things to Stop Arguing, which looks at common arguments surrounding the use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) and how they have lost their vigor.  Specifically in her article, Tamar Haspel suggests 5 somethings taken from both sides of the debate that need to be retired. Haspel argues that moving beyond these 5 points could mean moving one step forward in achieving a happy medium between the two parties. 1. GMOs are Read More >

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WSJ Reports on the “Organic Food Labeling Ballot Initiatives”

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On November 4th, citizens in Colorado and Oregon will have to decide on whether or not to approve contentious ballot initiatives that would require the mandatory labeling of certain products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting piece that takes a look at what the organic industry will gain if these labeling initiatives pass.  It turns out quite a lot: “If you can’t beat them, ask Read More >

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