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Crop Coexistence Continues to Work for Farmers

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In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) solicited comments to better identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.  This solicitation of comments was initiated in response to recommendations from the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture. To demonstrate a broad industry coalition on the matter of coexistence, a group of 12 agricultural organizations including BIO, submitted Read More >

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Grape Nuts and Cheerios Lost More than Just GMOs

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FoodNavigator-USA’s Elaine Watson, recently published a much needed informational piece for consumers titled “Goodbye GMOs (and vitamin B12, D, A, and Riboflavin): New non-GMO Grape Nuts and Original Cheerios are ‘certainly less nutritious’, claims professor.”  The article details her interview with Dr. Wayne Parrott, professor of crop science at the University of Georgia, who explains his confusion around the General Mills and Post Food decisions to use non-GMO formulations which ultimately goes against their mantra Read More >

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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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