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Julie Borlaug: Biotech Is Necessary In Fight Against Hunger

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Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and father of the Green Revolution Dr. Norman Borlaug, recently spoke on the importance of agricultural biotechnology. Presenting on February 27 at the 9th Annual Ag Issues Forum in San Antonio, Borlaug talked to attendees about the misconceptions around the topic of GMOs and the term organic. The forum, presented by Bayer CropScience, was held in advance of the annual Commodity Classic, which is touted as the “nation’s largest Read More >

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Crop Scientists Group Promotes its Position Against GMO Labeling

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“Analysis of over 25 years of research, representing thousands of independent studies, shows that GM crops are as safe as crops derived from traditional breeding methods.” On March 7, 2014, the Crop Science Society of America, an international organization that claims 6,000 crop scientists as its members, released its report supporting the safety of biotechnology and announcing its opposition to the mandatory labeling of GM crops. “Requiring labels for foods with GM crops could serve Read More >

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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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