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More Junk Science: Is the Carman Pig Study “Seralini 2.0”?

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A new pig feeding study authored by Australian researcher Judy Carman, and Maurice, Iowa farmer Howard Vlieger, claims that pigs fed genetically modified (GM) corn and genetically modified (GM) soybean meal showed increased incidence stomach inflammation.  This study was authored by two veteran anti-biotech campaigners, Judy Carman and Howard Vlieger, and was published in an obscure online journal financed by the organic industry.  It reaches conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the great preponderance of Read More >

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AquAdvantage Salmon: A Regulatory Odyssey

AquAdvantage Salmon- A Regulatory Odyssey

At BIO 2012, an article was published on AquaBounty Technologies which told the tale of the Company’s New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for AquAdvantage Salmon.  At that time, the Company had completed all the required major elements for an FDA approval and FDA had held a thorough public airing before its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) of the results of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) review of AquaBounty’s application. Following the meeting of Read More >

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Debunking Ag Biotech’s Top 5 Myths

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On Reason.com, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey takes on the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an organization opposed to crop biotechnology. IRT published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs. Bailey says, “it’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded.” In a detailed article chock full of scientific cites, Bailey debunks the following IRT Myths: 1. “GMOs Are Unhealthy” 2. “GMOs Increase Herbicide Use” 3. “Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Read More >

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Face of a Giant Agribusiness

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One of the more surprising items I saw in the media recently was on the Huffington Post blog. The HuffPost blog promises “fresh takes,” but this outlet is often critical of mainstream agriculture and large-scale food production – ironically, the very essence of how we feed 7 billion people in this world. But this post from Noah Hultgren, a young corn farmer from Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, puts a fresh face on mainstream agriculture and large-scale Read More >

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Anti-Biotech Activist Changes Sides: “I discovered science”

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If you missed last week’s report from the Oxford Farming Conference, Mark Lynas, the British writer and environmentalist who once helped drive Europe’s movement against biotech crops, apologized for those actions and embraced the technology as a vital tool for ending hunger and conserving the environment. The change of heart was widely reported in many mainstream outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Discover magazine, Slate magazine and Science 2.0, among others. Read More >

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