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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to Read More >

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Honeybees, Butterflies, and Pesticides

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Honeybees and butterflies occupy a sensitive space in many peoples’ hearts, and it is no question that there is a call to action to help restore populations. Lawmakers and scientists are working on ways to restore the natural habitats of these pollinators; however, decisions should be dictated by scientific facts and not emotions. Sue McCrum, the President of American Agri-Women (AAW), recently released an opinion piece in response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy 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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The Incentive to Beat Climate Change

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On May 27th, Rick Duke, deputy director for climate change at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, spoke on the important role that the agriculture industry will play in the coming years for reducing U.S. greenhouse emissions. By 2025, Duke stated that the industry itself could contribute a 2% cut in gas emissions and enhance carbon storage equivalent to about 120 million metric tons of CO2. Andrew Restuccia of PoliticoPro covered Dukes’ Read More >

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The New Food Economy: How Innovation is Transforming Agriculture

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Data analysis and computational technologies are giving farmers the ability to monitor their land better, to make decisions that can lower costs and increase crop yields, and allow them to access information quickly through their smartphones. Nanette Byrnes, writer for the MIT Technology Review, calls this the “new food economy.” “By combining this information with data generated by soil sensors and weather reports, farmers could find ways to use water, seed, and fertilizer more efficiently, Read More >

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