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Pope Francis’ Encyclical Includes Ambivalent Remarks on Ag Biotech

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On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released on the Vatican website an encyclical letter that appeals to the world’s leaders to take steps to heal the environmental damage caused by human activity and alleviate the likely impacts of climate change. In his piece, Pope Francis Gives Measured Thumbs Up for Biotechnology, AgriPulse’s Jim Webster writes that Pope Francis reaffirmed that the church values the benefits from utilizing molecular biology, supplemented by other disciplines such as genetics, and Read More >

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Faith in GMOs

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Religious sects across the world chime in on many issues involving science, religious freedoms, medicine and much more. However, many don’t realize that religious institutions and scholars have also weighed in on the debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and this religious debate is just as important as it is in politics. Vice News author Matt Smith discusses each religion’s current stance on biotech crops in an article titled Here’s What Religious Experts Have to Read More >

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USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop


On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

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Industry Comes Together to Improve the Introduction of Ag Biotech Products into the Marketplace

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Representatives of several farm, grain trade and biotech companies have been meeting on a regular basis to try to develop better “rules of the road” for the introduction of new ag biotech products. Agripulse covered the story on how the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) is working to find common ground on the introduction, stewardship, and distribution of commodities and processed products containing or derived from modern biotechnology. The USBCA’s founding organizations are the National Corn Growers Association, Read More >

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The “Other Issues to Worry About” vs. GMO’s


We don’t label foods for pesticides, fertilizers or these other “conventional” food-production technologies. Only genetically engineered food is considered unconventional; it’s what the big labeling-law movement is all about these days. Why is that? Largely because groups of people have managed to make it an issue, not because it’s the one big dangerous thing happening with our food – The LA Times, Karin Klein Last week, the Los Angeles Times released an opinion blog with Read More >

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