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Fact vs. Fear: Are GM Enzymes in Cheese Safe?

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On June 6, 2014, Scientific American released an entertaining blog entitled “Genetically Modified Cheese… is Nothing Safe? At the Boundaries of GMO Controversy” written by Kevin Bronham, Curriculum Fellow in the Microbiology and Immunobiology department at Harvard Medical School. Bronham’s article provides a common example of the use in biotechnology in food production to show how opposition to GMOs isn’t based in science. In cheese-making, it’s necessary to use “rennet,” which causes the milk to Read More >

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Why We Need IPR for GMOs

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At GMO Answers, we’ve received several questions about corporate intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents on GMO seeds, with many believing that patents hurt farmers by forcing them to purchase new seeds each year instead of using the seeds they harvest. On the contrary, patents actually help farmers gain access to new technologies by facilitating innovation, by enabling seed developers to invest significant time and resources in creating new technologies that will provide farmers with Read More >

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Interactive Science Communication Sessions at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit

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The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Delivering your information about science discoveries to the public is as important as the discoveries themselves, so attendees will get the opportunity to hone their communications techniques during specially produced programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit. “Attendees will hear directly from experts the strategies of how to effectively communicate around animal biotechnology,” said David Read More >

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California GMO Labeling Bill Fails; Means Win for Consumers

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Patrick McGreevy of The Los Angeles Times reported on SB 1381, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This bill would establish a requirement for companies to disclose if foods sold in California are “genetically engineered” (for raw commodities) to “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (for processed foods). McGreevy reaffirmed that the California GMO labeling bill failed in the Senate, 19-16, “just two votes short of the majority Read More >

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Washington Post: GM Crops can “Improve the Lives of Millions”

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Many anti-GMO advocates cite their opposition to the technology because they see agribusiness focused mainly on making a profit However, “the application of current biotechnological tools to agriculture offers a wide array of benefits, benefits that are only beginning to be seen,” according to the editorial board at the Washington Post. In a recent editorial, titled “Genetically Modified Crops Could Help Improve the Lives of Millions”, the editors of the Washington Post argued how consumers Read More >

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