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Celebrating Agriculture’s Abundance

 Every year, the Agriculture Council of America hosts the annual “National Ag Week” campaign.  But we shouldn’t need a special day to appreciate all that agriculture provides us – we see it every day in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we consume.  This year, National Ag Day is Friday, March 20.  This is the day that producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join Read More >

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In Today’s Economy Consumers’ Are Apt to Pay Attention to Where They Shop

This week when I got my most recent issue of Washington Consumer’s Checkbook,the magazine that provides you with consumer tips, on the cover was a basket of groceries. On closer examination I realized that this was because they had a big story, “Trim the Fat from Your Food Bill: Which Supermarkets Offer the Best Prices and Quality.” As a guy who works for BIO in the agriculture section (and eats groceries) I was fascinated — Read More >

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New Era in Animal Biotechnology: FDA Approves Therapy Produced with Genetically Engineered Goats

As an animal scientist, today is an exciting day in my career. I know first-hand the dedication and scientific expertise needed to work towards developing technologies that use animals to improve the human condition. Animals have a long history of serving humankind, and today marks another contribution. It is a landmark day for us, and it hails the efforts of animal scientists everywhere. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the first-ever U.S. approval of Read More >

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Getting the Guidance We Need: FDA Finalizes Regulatory Guidance for GE Animals

Well, it’s finally happened. The FDA announced today that it will make the final guidance available for governing genetically engineered animals. And if I strain carefully, I can already hear them — the naysayers. For example, back in November, the Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, submitted comments to the FDA containing the following statement, “A major problem with this proposal is that it is simply Guidance for Industry and so is not Read More >

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Go “Green” with the EnviropigTM

We’ve all heard it, “Pork, the other white meat.” It’s an ad campaign as ubiquitous as, well, pork. According to the National Pork Producers Council, pork at 42.6 percent, is the world’s most widely eaten meat. And while pork is popular, hog farms can sometimes cause environmental problems. Until now…Move over conventional hogs, and enter the EnviropigTM. The saliva of EnviropigTM contains the enzyme phytase, which allows the pigs to digest phytate, the principal form Read More >

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