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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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Judge Blocks Maui County from Implementing GMO Ban

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The media is reporting on a decision by a federal judge to postpone implementation of a new law in Maui County banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure. The Associated Press reports that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said in his ruling. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. filed Read More >

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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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GMOs and Infant Formula: What Parents Need to Know

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As part of the debate around the Oregon ballot initiative to require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified ingredients (called GMOs), an Oregon paper ran an unfortunate article that misleads readers about the safety of infant formula. A noted opponent of biotechnology, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) tested formulas and found that some brands contained soy that was grown using biotechnology. Noted scientific expert Kevin Folta on the Illumination Blog says the Read More >

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