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Renewable Fuel Standard: BIO Testifies to EPA

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The Wall Street Journal printed a few weeks ago a severely misinformed opinion piece about the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Journal echoed remarks made by a representative of the National Petroleum Refiners Association at a recent EPA hearing on the proposed RFS rules for 2012, at which BIO also testified. NPRA claims that the RFS’s cellulosic waiver is a penalty that they have to pay for a product that doesn’t exist. However, BIO argued that Read More >

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Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional

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Scientific American’s “Science Sushi” blog looks at common myths around organic and mainstream agriculture.  Blogger Christie Wilcox says upfront that there are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods.  But organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods, and people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. So Wilcox looks at organic’s four most common Read More >

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Quandary for U.S. companies: Whom to bribe? (Washington Post)

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From this Sunday’s Washington Post, David Hilzenrath lays out ambiguities of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Scientific American’s Worldview 2011 report compares corruption among countries seeking to grow the biotech industry within their borders based on the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International. Countries that ranked high in perceived corruption tended to rank lower in terms of overall innovation. In other words, as corruption increases, the nation’s business reputation sinks while those with a Read More >

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How to grow the economy and feed the world

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By Barbara Wells, President and CEO, ArborGen Chair, BIO Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board For the past two decades, the United States has led the world in crop biotechnology innovation. Under this leadership, American growers have produced most of the world’s food, fiber and energy, while the U.S. agricultural sector experienced sustained economic growth and a positive trade balance. But an increasingly complicated regulatory system and threats of litigation from opponents of technology have Read More >

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Rust Belt Renaissance; Biotech in the Buckeye State

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Once upon a time in America there was a broad region known as the Manufacturing Belt, it followed the Great Lakes from New York to Wisconsin. These days you generally hear it called the Rust Belt. Despite the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, it remains one of the world’s preeminent manufacturing areas with a workforce that has been retooled to participate in an innovation economy. Amid the sea of grim employment numbers and Read More >

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