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Sugar from GM Sugarbeets is Not the Scariest Thing on Halloween

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Every year Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween. Chocolate leads the group with 90 million pounds of it being sold during the prior week. Did you know that sugarbeet sugar accounts for approximately 20 percent of the world’s production of sugar? Sugarcane sugar accounts for the remaining amount. In her TheSweetTruth blog , sugarbeet farmer Laura cites that beet sugar represents 54 percent of domestic sugar production in the U.S. and that America’s sugar Read More >

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Spooky GMO Myths Debunked! Read Them If You Dare…

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For the last post in this year’s Get to Know GMOs series, we invite you to come with us for an eerie stroll through some of the Internet’s most outrageous GMO myths and images. Myth #1: Evil GMO scientists are injecting GMO crops with pesticides, DNA, dangerous chemicals…or stuff. Using needles to inject crops with “stuff” is not how GMOs are made. How are they created, then? Some GMOs are made by taking a desired trait, like Read More >

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A National Blueprint for Biodefense Released Today


A major report was released today detailing findings and recommendations to improve the U.S. biodefense readiness. “A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts” was authored by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The panel is co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge. Other panelists include former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Read More >

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Europe Turns its Back on Science

Mark Lynas

On October 24th, The New York Times published a great opinion piece titled “With G.M.O. Policies, Europe Turns Against Science. Written by Mark Lynas, political director for the Cornell Alliance for Science at Cornell University and a co-author  of “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” this piece argues how banning the cultivation of genetically modified crops in certain European countries will a chilling affect on scientific innovation in that part of the world.   “…the chilling effect on biotech science in Europe will be dramatic: Read More >

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Setting the Record Straight on Innovation and Drug Development


Modern biotechnology is a relatively young industry, but in just over 40 years, the entrepreneurs, researchers and investors working in this field have firmly established themselves at the forefront of medical innovation and the search for new cures and therapies for previously untreatable diseases. That’s why it is important that policy proposals designed to respond to the activities of outliers like Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant do not hurt America’s leadership in biotechnology innovation and investment. Read More >

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