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Delicious Irony: What If Biotech Crops Actually Helped Organic?

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A lot has been written about the “battle” between biotech and organic.  Organic proponents claim biotech is a big evil – complicated technology invented by large-scale corporate agriculture to takeover farming as we know it.  Meanwhile, biotech proponents struggle to explain the science, promote the technology’ benefits and promises, and insist that biotech is key to feeding the world. Hank Campbell of Science2.0 and Alex Berezow of RealClearScience put a new spin on this debate Read More >

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Why Biotech Food Labeling Is Met with Resistance

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In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of new discussion around the biotech labeling debate.  On May 10, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) released its latest “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey, which showed that very few Americans cite biotechnology as an information need on food labels. Earlier this month, the California Right to Know initiative announced at various rallies held around the state that it had collected the prerequisite number of signatures to Read More >

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When Did Tree Huggers Become Tree Haters?

Vandals destroped genetically engineered pine trees in New Zealand.

As we celebrate Arbor Day 2012, I want to personally chew out any of the “activist” ilk whose agendas are so extreme, it results in destruction.  I’m talking about eco-terrorism, agri-terrorism, crop vandalism, etc. – basically, killing trees and plants. This destruction becomes especially horrific when it kills not only the plants and trees themselves, but holds back research and scientific progress aimed and healing, fueling and feeding the world. In recent weeks, The New Read More >

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Biotechnology and Sustainability

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Last week, a post ran on BIOtechNOW celebrating Earth day and discussing biotechnology’s contributions to sustainability. It turns out; we’re not the only ones talking about it. In a Council on Foreign Relations blog, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard, writes that biotech crops are a necessary agricultural solution to help address the challenges of climate change and population growth. In regards to biotech crops he says, “It doesn’t make Read More >

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Earth Day 2012: Biotech Contributions to Sustainability

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This Sunday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day as the biotech industry continues to do its part to make the agriculture industry more sustainable. Biotech allows us to meet the food production demands of a growing population in an economical way while lessening environmental impact. Reducing Emissions Low or no-till agriculture, in limited use prior to 1996, has enabled farmers to shift to simpler, more effective agronomic practices that better contain carbon in the Read More >

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