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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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Reflecting on July 2015: “The Ag Biotech Debate Was Front and Center”

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Agri-Pulse recently published an op-ed titled “The Biotechnology Riddle” by Marshall Matz which outlined how ag biotech was “front and center” in both executive and congressional affairs this past July. He guides readers through the actions taken by legislative officials to promote the benefits of biotechnology and scientific literacy. First on July 2nd the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of U.S. Trade Representative issued an Executive Memorandum to “Modernize Read More >

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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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