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Scientists Prove Agriculture Has Existed for 25 Million Years!

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…But the earliest evidence doesn’t come from humans. A team of researchers from James Cook University and Ohio State University have “found evidence that termites developed a form of agriculture 25 million years ago, and this development affected termites in much the same way that the development of agriculture affected humans millions of years later.” Jessie Guy-Ryan reports  on the findings in Atlas Obscura: This week, a team of scientist announced their discovery of the oldest fossil evidence Read More >

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Engaging China on Ag Innovation

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Agricultural biotechnology is an important tool that can empower nations – big and small – to modernize their production agriculture systems. As part of today’s Food and Agriculture programming at the BIO International Convention, a panel of experts looked at the question:  How will the economic and political landscapes in the United States and China affect agricultural innovation? In recent years, we have undoubtedly struggled with new challenges in agricultural trade with China, said Matthew O’Mara, BIO’s Read More >

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Food Waste: Can Biotech Play a Role?

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“40% of food grown in U.S. is wasted.” – House Ag Commitee Chairman Conaway On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine what voluntary efforts can be done to address the issue of food waste. The hearing was titled Food Waste from Field to Table and witnesses included Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with several other experts on the issue. Ms. Dana Gunders, Senior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, National Resources Defense Read More >

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We’ve Just Planted the World’s 5-Billionth Acre of GM Crops

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The world’s farmers have passed a remarkable milestone: We’ve just planted the world’s 5-billionth acre of genetically modified crops. We don’t know exactly where it happened or even on what day it occurred. But we know that it must have taken place this spring, probably in the northern hemisphere, according to statistics maintained by the Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade & Technology), which has tracked the global planting and harvesting of these remarkable Read More >

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TTIP: Don’t Forget About Agriculture

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Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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