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World’s Farmers Favor Biotech Crops

Because of its contribution to agricultural productivity and sustainable farming, growers around the world continue to choose biotech crop varieties according to a report released today by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).  The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a record 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 366 million acres.   According to the report’s executive summary, a record 87-fold increase in Read More >

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Don’t Panic Over Biotech Alfalfa

The Atlantic published a piece authored by James McWilliams, Associate Professor of history at Texas State University and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. The USDA’s recent decision to (re)deregulate genetically modified (GM) alfalfa has sent a shock wave of panic through the organic foods industry because organic farmers (who produce between .5 and 1 percent of the nation’s alfalfa) believe their product could be Read More >

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AAAS Meeting to Feature Session on GM Crop Regulations

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, February 17-21, hosting nearly 8,000 attendees for symposia, lectures, seminars, workshops, and poster sessions that cover every area of science, technology, and education. A symposium titled “GM Crop Regulations: Safety Net or Insurmountable Obstacle?” will be presented on Friday, February 18. This session will address the two prime reasons why fresh market and specialty GM foodstuffs Read More >

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Coexistence Depends on Neighbors

Capital Press wrote an editorial for their February 10 edition about the recent USDA decisions on alfalfa and sugar beets. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has spent the past several months playing Solomon, seeking to split the difference between farmers who want to grow Roundup Ready alfalfa and organic growers who say the crop puts their livelihood at risk.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently completed a court-ordered environmental impact statement on Roundup Read More >

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Feeding a growing world

The recent decision by the US Department of Agriculture to permit the use of genetically-advanced alfalfa has provided a starting point for some online activists to spread misinformation about our nation’s food supply. It’s important to keep arguments and opinions grounded in fact and not fear. For example, one recent blog post suggests that the goal of those who seek to produce a safe and sustainable supply of food is, “…the extinction of human health Read More >

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