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The Costly Consequences of I-522

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Washington Research Council Reveals the Whole Story Behind Washington State’s Initiative 522, and Yes it Will Cost You a Dime Many Washington state residents know that on November 5, 2013, they will have to vote on whether or not to pass state Initiative 522, which will require special labels on certain foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.  What many residents don’t know is that a “yes” vote can lead to many costly consequences for Read More >

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Hawaiian State Legislature’s Selective Memory toward Papaya Saving Science

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In recent years, the papaya fruit has become a leading export for the island of Hawaii with it being the island’s second-largest fruit crop with an estimated value of $18 million.  The fruit has also served as a key source of Vitamins A and C for native Hawaiians, which would otherwise be difficult and expensive for them to obtain elsewhere.  This was not always the case for Hawaiian agriculture, especially as it relates to this Read More >

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“Let’s Take Advantage of It,” Biotech in the US-EU Trade Agreement

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As the second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks approach Brussels in October, several noteworthy articles remind us why biotech is such an important driving force in these discussions. Dean Kleckner, chairman emeritus for Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT), in recent articles in the Washington Times and Des Moines Register wrote a piece titled “Ending Flaky Trade Barriers,” highlighting challenges within the US-EU trade agreement and illustrating why biotech should Read More >

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Despite Opposition from the Scientific Community, Efforts to Label GMOs Continue

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The editors of Scientific American™ have notably compiled several firm arguments to counter support for labeling of foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  In their recent editorial titled, Label for GMO Foods Are a Bad Idea, Scientific American™ has successfully demonstrated how GMO labeling limits consumer choice, how foods containing GM ingredients can provide consumers with vital nutrients and how GMOs can be less costly to their conventional counterparts.  Here is a sample of Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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