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Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito

In a recent article, published by Globalpost, John Otis writes on how the small town of Jacobina, Brazil used agricultural biotechnology to help control the occurrence of Dengue Fever. By releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species, Jacobina farmers will be better able to carry out their daily duties with a reduced risk of acquiring the disease.  “We need to provide alternatives because the system we have now in Brazil doesn’t Read More >

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Support for GM Eggplant Reawakens at GMA Science Forum

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At the 2014 Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) Science Forum, the State Department’s senior advisor for biotechnology, Jack Bobo, reminded attendees of the importance of developing countries having access to much-needed agricultural tools.  “We need to see [biotechnology] products that matter to people,” he said. “We need to see products where consumers and farmers are begging for the technology.” That’s happening in Bangladesh, he added.  Bobo’s panel titled “Global Issues: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Read More >

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“No Need to Label GMOs” Says FDA

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The Nation’s Leading Regulatory Body on Food Safety Reaffirms Safety of GMOs On March 28, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified to the House Appropriations Committee on the FDA’s 2015 budget request. In a line of questioning, she was asked about the labeling of GMOs. The Hill’s Benjamin Goad tracked her response reaffirming that the FDA will not label GM foods. “Margaret Hamburg told lawmakers this week that the agency remains Read More >

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GMO Answers Addresses Consumer Concerns Through Poll

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On March 19, GMO Answers announced results from a national survey identifying the top questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how our food is grown. The survey was commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information and was carried out by Ipsos, a global market research company. Participants were asked: The following are questions some people have asked about GMOs. Which of the following questions around the use of GMOs Read More >

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BIO Attends HCIA/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week”

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Hears Stories from Local Papaya Farmers Monday, March 17 marked the beginning of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA)/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week” in Honolulu. Well-attended by employees of the seed companies and many farmers at the state capital and elected officials, the event reminded everyone of the importance of biotechnology in the agricultural community of Hawaii. During my time there, I was able to hear first-hand accounts of the role that biotech has played in the Read More >

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