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Crop Coexistence Continues to Work for Farmers

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In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) solicited comments to better identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.  This solicitation of comments was initiated in response to recommendations from the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture. To demonstrate a broad industry coalition on the matter of coexistence, a group of 12 agricultural organizations including BIO, submitted Read More >

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Rare Disease Day 2014: Joining Together for Better Care

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There are more than 6,000 different rare diseases affecting over 60 million people across Europe and North America, alone, and millions more throughout the world. Most of these diseases are genetic, serious, chronic and debilitating. Each disease is different, but they affect people in similar ways. Joining together can help patients and their families find common solutions for care and remind them they are not alone. As the world marks Rare Disease Day on February Read More >

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PA Bio Names State Official of the Year

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Pennsylvania State Representative Warren Kampf was selected as the recipient Pennsylvania Bio’s 2013 State Official of the Year Award. Representative Kampf will be honored at Pennsylvania Bio’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration on March 12th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.  The State Official of the Year recognizes a public official from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has distinguished him/herself as a leader in the bioscience industry. The honoree is selected by the Pennsylvania Read More >

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Grape Nuts and Cheerios Lost More than Just GMOs

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FoodNavigator-USA’s Elaine Watson, recently published a much needed informational piece for consumers titled “Goodbye GMOs (and vitamin B12, D, A, and Riboflavin): New non-GMO Grape Nuts and Original Cheerios are ‘certainly less nutritious’, claims professor.”  The article details her interview with Dr. Wayne Parrott, professor of crop science at the University of Georgia, who explains his confusion around the General Mills and Post Food decisions to use non-GMO formulations which ultimately goes against their mantra Read More >

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Benefits of GE Crops Highlighted in USDA Report

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Farmer adoption of genetically engineered (GE) crops is associated with time savings, lower insecticide use, and more conservation tillage, according to a new USDA study. The report, “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States” by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth James Wechsler, Michael Livingston, and Lorraine Mitchell was released by USDA’s Economic Research Service on February 20. According to USDA: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops (mainly corn, cotton, and soybeans) were planted on 169 million acres in 2013, Read More >

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