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Benefits of GE Crops Highlighted in USDA Report

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Farmer adoption of genetically engineered (GE) crops is associated with time savings, lower insecticide use, and more conservation tillage, according to a new USDA study. The report, “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States” by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth James Wechsler, Michael Livingston, and Lorraine Mitchell was released by USDA’s Economic Research Service on February 20. According to USDA: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops (mainly corn, cotton, and soybeans) were planted on 169 million acres in 2013, Read More >

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GM Crop Technology Provides Boost to Developing Country Farmers

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Millions of farmers around the world continue to choose to plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop varieties because of their environmental and socio-economic benefits and the important role they play in maintaining food security, according to a new study. The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013, released annually by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million farmers in 27 countries are growing biotech crops on Read More >

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“Let’s Take Advantage of It,” Biotech in the US-EU Trade Agreement

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As the second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks approach Brussels in October, several noteworthy articles remind us why biotech is such an important driving force in these discussions. Dean Kleckner, chairman emeritus for Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT), in recent articles in the Washington Times and Des Moines Register wrote a piece titled “Ending Flaky Trade Barriers,” highlighting challenges within the US-EU trade agreement and illustrating why biotech should Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The New York Times Weighs in on Golden Rice Destruction

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Amy Harmon wrote for the New York Times about the August 8 attack and destruction of the genetically modified Golden Rice fields in the Bicol region of the Philippines: Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety Read More >

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