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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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Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

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As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

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Biotech Crops Continue to Benefit Farmers Worldwide

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Despite showing a 1 percent net marginal decrease in biotech crop acres (for the first time in 20 years), the annual ISAAA report shows that biotech crops are still preferred by 18 million farmers around the world for the environmental and economic benefits they provide. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” details the global Read More >

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#BIOWC16 Workshop: “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States”

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On Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2:30-4:30pm, USDA will be sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on the potential growth of the national bioeconomy at the 2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego. The titled of the workshop is “Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States,” and it will be moderated by Todd Campbell, USDA Policy Advisor, Energy and Bioeconomy; and Harry Baumes, USDA, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of Read More >

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