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FFA-ers, Submit Your “Sustainability” Videos By December 31st!

On the National FFA Organization website, FFA promotes its new “Sustainability Through Biotechnology” Video Contest.  Students can get all the necessary information explaining how they can help show off their chapter’s knowledge and creativity! To participate, students are asked to submit a video (approximately two to three minutes in length) that shows the world how modern agricultural techniques are helping our planet.  It’s a great way to work on ag communications skills and learn more Read More >

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Biotechnology Is the New Conventional

John Reifsteck, a Champaign Illinois soybean and corn farmer authored an editorial in response to the November 17 report by the Organic Center, the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety.  (John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in western Champaign County Illinois, is a Board Member of Truth About Trade and Technology.)  Pasted below is the text of his editorial, along with links to the sources he references:  Farming is a Read More >

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How Biotechnology is Helping Farmers and the Environment

Did you know…Farmers who use biotech crops help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices? In 2007, this was equivalent to removing 14.2 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing nearly 6.3 million cars from the road for one year.  In the light of ongoing world food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change debates, PG Economics has released three summary documents of the yield, income and environmental Read More >

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Biotechnology for Sustainability

On the Tomorrow’s Table blog, Kent J. Bradford, Professor of Plant Sciences and Academic Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, serves as guest blogger and takes issue with the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), an organization that manages the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Specifically, Bradford says CUESA developed sustainable agriculture guidelines which include build and conserve soil fertility, conserve water and protect water quality, protect air Read More >

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Environmentalist Calls Biotech “the world’s dominant engineering tool”

Marketplace did an interview on October 26th with Stuart Brand, original founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue, which offered readers a vision of returning to the land in order to live sustainably. Brand has recently published a new book, The Whole Earth Discipline, which tackles climate change using a somewhat different tone, and gives eloquent praise to biotech agriculture. According to Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three Read More >

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