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The Last Thing Africa Needs to be Debating is GMOs

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The point I am about to make has been made before, but I like to take every opportunity when possible to make it again. Anti-biotechnology proponents have verbally stated that labeling foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is the first step. The next step for them is to get the technology banned all together. Many of these activists have the means to buy organic foods and foods labeled non-GMO verified. For the majority of the world, cost Read More >

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Out of Africa: Biomedical Innovation and Expertise

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Scientific research holds the key to unlocking creative and effective solutions for alleviating the burden of disease on the world’s populations. Developing countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, are disproportionately encumbered by disease – many of which are endemic only to those geographies.  Yet these same regions are a wellspring of innovative and creative ideas that are being used to advance biomedical science and healthcare product development. Research centers within these regions are yet Read More >

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Why the Founder of the Anti-GMO Movement Converted to the Side of Science

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Mark Lynas is a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and the author, most recently, of “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” Lynas is a British environmentalist and author who once founded the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid 1990s. However, in early 2013, this all changed when he publicly denounced his position during a now-infamous speech at the Oxford Farming Conference: “I apologize for having spent Read More >

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Biotech addresses food security, climate change: Potential economic growth engine

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By Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion and require nearly a doubling of agricultural output to provide an adequate food supply. At the same time, the world’s agricultural system will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity and climate change, raising the risk of production shortfalls in a world where over 800 million people are already undernourished. A challenge like Read More >

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The World’s Embrace of Biotechnology

On the eve Valentines Day 2009, it’s appropriate to examine the world’s budding romance with biotechnology.  Ag biotech helps farmers grow heartier, healthier crops in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.  Is it any wonder that we’re seeing the world embrace this science for the promises it holds? The anxiously awaited ISAAA report for 2008 was released this week and its findings show another year of strong growth for agricultural biotechnology around the world.  In Read More >

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