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Expect A Hard Winter for Honey Bees

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting out in the field and investigating honey bee colonies.  All right, maybe there are a few things I enjoy more, but I consider it a “win” any time I get out of the office to work with bees!  During these late summer and early fall inspections, which involve evaluating up to a hundred and fifty samples taken from different hives across the country, I’ve gotten pretty good at Read More >

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What the Risk-Monger Had to Say about GMOs

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I recently attended a presentation by David Zaruk, who is better known as the Risk-Monger. His remarks and insight were so helpful that I felt it was worth sharing with the BIOtechNow audience. For those who are unfamiliar, David Zaruk has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. He has been involved and active in such EU policy events as REACH and SCALE to the Pesticides Directive, and Science in Society questions to the use of the Precautionary Principle. Read More >

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A Snack and a Science Lesson in One

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Last week freelance science journalist and frequent contributor to Nature Biotechnology Emily Waltz was able to try a bite of the non-browning apple. Along with her children, the group put the genetically modified apples through “a battery of tests to see how child-friendly and tasty they really are.” She blogged about her experience in the NY Times: The apples also gave us an opportunity to talk about what genetic engineering is and where we stand on the Read More >

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How Should We Go About Fixing Our Food System From The Ground Up?

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“I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them,” states Tamar Haspel in her recent Washington Post piece If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?. In her article, Haspel aims to answer the questions: leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from Read More >

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The GE Tomato May Make a Return

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The FLAVR SAVR tomato was the first genetically engineered crop product to be commercialized. In 1994, Calgene, a California based biotechnology company, brought the this first genetically engineered crop to market. The company’s researchers were able to inhibit a gene that produces a protein that makes a tomato get squishy. The introduction of the FLAVR SAVR tomato into the market created a good deal of controversy and consumer resistance. Much of the hype surrounding genetically altered crops was created Read More >

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