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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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GMO Answers Provides an Overview of GMOs in Medicine

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With genetically engineered therapies for the infectious disease, Ebola, currently undergoing testing for safety and efficacy, GMO Answers is highlighting the use of genetic engineering in other biomedical applications. The post’s author, Richard Green, also looks at why GMOs, though used in both agriculture and medicine, are more controversial in agricultural applications. The technology of genetic modification or genetic engineering was first developed in the early 1970s, commercialized in pharmaceutical applications in the early 1980s, and then agricultural Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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