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Hawaii is Ground Zero for Ag Innovation

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Hawaii’s farmers have endured their share of challenges in recent years:  Without regard for the opinions of local farmers, GMO activists have pushed for bans on the use of biotechnology; many farms suffered devastation from 2014’s Hurricane Isselle; Anti-biotech activists chopped down hundreds of Hawaii’s papaya trees that were genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus; and now, Hawaii’s sugar plantations are disappearing. Amid these hardships, Hawaii’s farmers remain proud about the role they play Read More >

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2015 FDA Approvals: Highest Levels in Over a Decade

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2015 was a blockbuster year for FDA approvals of novel new medicines, many of them for serious and life-threatening conditions. As Dr. John Jenkins of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) notes in a recent blog post, “During this past year, we approved many new drugs to treat various forms of cancer, including four to treat multiple myeloma, and others to treat lung, skin, breast, brain, colorectal, and other cancers. We also Read More >

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The March of Genetic Food Progress

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You may already be familiar with Julie Kelly’s contributions to the Genetic Literacy Project but you may not know that she is a cooking instructor and food writer in Orland Park, Illinois. The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece by Julie Kelly on how ‘Farmaceuticals’ and other GM products are slowly being approved, despite political scare campaigns. Ms. Kelly’s piece does a great job of arguing how genetic engineering has gradually overcome fear-mongering and false misrepresentation from those who Read More >

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Senators Talent and Graham: Time to Act on Threat of Biological Terrorism

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Last Friday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Former Senators Jim Talent and Robert Graham wrote about the growing threat of biological attacks and threats and steps our nation can take to help prepare for them, including some of the recommendations in the report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The first step is to stockpile the medical countermeasures that will be necessary in the Read More >

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Is it Possible for Dragons to Exist Beyond Mythology?

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The folklore of dragons continues to remain popular even in modern time. References to fire breathing dragons have been made in such popular films as The Lord of Rings, and even the award-winning show Game of Thrones. “Scholars say that belief in dragons probably evolved independently in both Europe and China, and perhaps in the Americas and Australia as well.”…Many have speculated about which real-life animals inspired the first legends. Smithsonian.com lists out the likeliest culprits in Read More >

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