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Scientists! We Need You to Speak Up!

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“Scientists who speak out need to get used to being targeted by mudslingers; it is part of today’s 24/7 world of spin and instant controversies.” In the contentious debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the voice of scientists are often overshadow by the loud and overly-dramatic voice of those who are anti-biotech. In the debate around the safety of GMOs and whether or not we should label foods containing them, the voice of scientists need Read More >

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SAID Meeting on Sept 24 to Discuss Biotech Crop Approvals

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Agriculture in general and biotechnology in particular will be high on the agenda in meetings this week between U.S. and China officials, starting with an all-day session Thursday called the Strategic Agriculture Innovation Dialogue (SAID), according to AgriPulse. The SAID meeting, which isn’t open to the press or public, is supposed to focus on the big picture in technology, finance and innovation and will include discussion of the potential benefits of Big Data as well Read More >

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China May Approve Several Biotech Crop Traits Sooner Than Later

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According to Politico, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that China may announce the approval of seven biotech crop traits this week during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The cotton, four soybean and two corn varieties that have been languishing in China’s approval process for up to four years…those seven traits are considered to be the likeliest candidates because they are in the final phase of the Chinese approval system. But what Read More >

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White House Debating Just How “Hard to Poke” Xi

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Barack Obama and his advisers are debating just how hard to poke Chinese President Xi Jinping when the Chinese leader arrives for a state visit Thursday, according Joseph Marks, Jason Huffman, Bill Tomson, Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer at Politico. …They want to communicate they mean business, but not imperil a trade relationship worth $590 billion last year… Even so, Xi is expected to get deluxe treatment at the White House, which will offer the Chinese leader Read More >

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What Chipotle Really Meant When it Was Switching Over to Non-GMO Ingredients

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In late April 2015, Chipotle announced they were removing genetically engineered crops (called GMOs) from their menu. Well, kind of… Here is a fairly long list of responses to the Chipotle decision that show how the company is only partly removing GMO ingredients from its menu. In light of this announcement, Dr. Andrew Kniss, Associate Professor of Weed Ecology & Management in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, looked into how Chipotle’s decision to move Read More >

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