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The One-Sided Valentine to the Anti-GMO Movement

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The Huffington Post recently posted a blog countering Newsweek‘s piece “Glyphosate Now the Most-Used Agricultural Chemical Ever.”   The blog was titled Newsweek’s One-Sided Valentine to the Anti-GMO Movement and was authored by Julie Kelly and Amy Porterfield Levy. Julie is a cooking teacher, food policy writer in Orland Park, IL and has been published in the WSJ, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, National Review and The Hill. Amy is a mother, writer, and activist. This note worthy blog is worth taking Read More >

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Water: Why The Most Basic Resource Needs Our Attention

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Water is on everyone’s mind lately. From the California drought to the Flint water crisis, it’s clear that our water is in jeopardy.  In spite of pollution and waste, we can still maintain the health and safety of our water supply. GMO Answers Forbes blog recently posted a great piece by Kate Hall, managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson, which looks at this issue. In her piece “Water: Why The Most Read More >

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Soda Cans and Pesticides

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This past weekend I took my entire family and a friend and her mom to the Monsanto open house event.  We were treated to a nice non-organic buffet of local style appetizers from maki sushi to tonkatsu.  We also got to learn about the Japanese Cultural Center’s collaboration with Monsanto and the National Park Service in preserving the former Japanese internment camp known as Honouliuli. My kids had a chance to learn about bugs and Read More >

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“Then Boundless Chestnut Woods,” Thoreau

Restoring the American Chestnut, GE Trees

American chestnut trees are iconic image of American agriculture. Unfortunately, a terrible fungus has nearly wiped out the once estimated four billion that grew from Maine to Georgia. A recent piece in The Conversation explores the history of American Chestnut and Chestnut blight and how one “genetic tweak” could help restore its population. The species was nearly wiped out by chestnut blight, a devastating disease caused by the exotic fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica. This fungus was accidentally Read More >

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Transgenic Mosquito Ready to Join War on Zika Virus

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A number of media outlets are reporting on the mosquito-borne Zika virus and how concern is growing as cases are identified within the United States. Officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that the Zika virus is “is now spreading explosively” with the disease in 23 countries and territories in the Americas, according to a CNN report. A Reuters report offers hope that a genetically modified mosquito can reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes spreading Read More >

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