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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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The New GMO Message

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While farmers around the world – more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries – rely on the solutions that biotechnology helps to provide, the discussion around GMOs in food production has intensified. Much of the concern has been generated by misinformation online and across social media. For over a decade, myths about our members and our products were perpetuated. Our voice was not there, and consumers’ questions went unanswered. Without easy access to the Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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A Look Back at GMO Answers’ Top 10 Consumer Questions

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GMO Answers conducted a national survey to identify, for the first time, the top questions consumers have about GMOs. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions and reached out to scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts to provide answers. You can also find these answers on our Top 10 GMO Questions Pinboard and our GMO Answers website. Here’s a quick recap of each week: Week #10 – If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat? In brief: In Read More >

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The Eucalyptus Genome Reveals Potential Breakthroughs

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More than just food for Koalas, Eucalyptus trees are already used for producing timber, fuel, medicinal and industrial oils. In a recent piece published by Reuters, Will Dunham highlights how an international team of researchers worked to unveil the genetic blueprint of the tree species Eucalyptus grandis in order to maximize its potential in biofuels. “The main interest is understanding how these trees grow so fast and how they are able to produce such large Read More >

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