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WORLD FOOD DAY 2009: Agricultural Biotechnology’s Fight Against Hunger

Hundreds of major media outlets covered the October 15th speech given by Bill Gates’ at the annual World Food Prize Forum in Des Moines, in which Gates makes the case for biotechnology and other modern agricultural practices in the fight to end world hunger. According to Reuters, Gates said the fight to end hunger is being hurt by environmentalists who insist that genetically modified crops cannot be used in Africa. “Some people insist on an Read More >

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“Politics, Not Science” Holding Back Europe’s Farmers

This week Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) is hosting its fourth Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable in Des Moines, Iowa, during the World Food Prize and Borlaug Symposium.  As part of the annual roundtable events, TATT announces the winner of its annual Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award.  Established in 2007 in honor of Dean Kleckner, the founder and chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology, this year’s award honors Irish grower Jim McCarthy.  Below Read More >

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Biotech Could Play a Big Role in Saving the Planet

New Scientist magazine carried a story in its September “Blueprint for a Better World” edition about how ag biotech can help grow enough food for our ever-expanding population (by 2040 there could well be 9 billion people on the planet) and do it without wreaking more havoc on the planet. Experimental crop plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertiliser. Such crops could reduce both nitrous oxide Read More >

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BIO Salutes Norman E. Borlaug, Father of “Green Revolution”

Nobel Laureate Used Biotechnology and Modern Farming Practices to Combat World Hunger Norman E. Borlaug, American geneticist and plant pathologist who lead a global agricultural transformation through his research and advocacy for modern farming practices, died Saturday, September 12th in Dallas. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued the following statement in tribute to Dr. Borlaug: “On behalf of BIO and its members, we offer our condolences to the Borlaug Read More >

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America’s Food Crisis: Time Magazine Has No Clue

How disappointing to read Bryan Walsh’s uninformed and inaccurate article (“America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It,” August 31, 2009).  Not only is he clueless as to what sustainable agriculture is, he doesn’t even get organic right.  Organic is defined in U.S. law and regulations and does allow the use of chemicals (yes, they tend to be “natural” chemicals, but they are still chemicals.)   Sustainable agriculture also is defined in U.S. law, and the Read More >

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