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Is a National Fund to Promote Organic Produce a Good Idea?


Slate recently posted an interesting discussion about the Organic Trade Associations’ requested check-off program. “Checkoff” programs are essentially taxes that farmers pay to a national fund, the revenue from which is used to promote (“market”) the consumption of commodities like pork, beef, eggs, and milk. Checkoff programs’ activities can take the form of generic advertising campaigns, or they can look more like political lobbying. According to Slate, this tax may now be extended to the organic Read More >

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Leading MIT Scientist, Professor and Entrepreneur, Robert Langer, to Speak at BIO 2015

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In a recent Boston Globe article, MIT standout and Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering recipient, Robert Langer, discusses the highlights and challenges facing our industry. He emphasized all of the progressive work being done on the drug-delivery system, collaborations with the Bill Gates foundation for the Third World and the work on nanotechs in the lab, specifically trying to deliver different kinds of gene therapy and drugs in general. “There’s so much great work going Read More >

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GMO Answers and Ben & Jerry’s Face-Off at the 2015 SXSW

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At SXSW Interactive 2015, Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager Chris Miller and (former) Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Cathy Enright addressed the question “Can Common Food Goals Find Common Ground?” In an hour long discussion, Enright and Miller addressed transparency in our food system, sustainability in agriculture and the notion of the consumer’s right to know what’s in their food. The panel was moderated by Tamar Haspel of The Washington Post. This Read More >

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BIO Applauds Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for Approving 21st Century Cures Act

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Today, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) praises the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for approving and forwarding to the full Committee the 21st Century Cures Act. We applaud the Energy and Commerce Committee for recognizing the critical link between research, development, and reimbursement. We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), and members of the Energy and Commerce Committee to help expedite the delivery of the next Read More >

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G-20 Enacts Plan for Improving Global Food Security


Agripulse reported that on Monday, May 11, 2015, the United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement endorsing a plan to combat food insecurity developed by the G-20 agriculture ministers: “After open and frank discussions, I believe we arrived at a communique that outlines major goals that must be achieved if we are to increase food security in the world. Together, the leaders underscored that food security and nutrition are a top priority for the Read More >

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