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Vilsack Extols the Value of Biotech Crops

As part of Forbes Video Network’s “Thought Leaders” series, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology: “We probably have not done a very good job of explaining to people the benefits of GMOs, not just simply the fact that they can produce more crops, but that they can do so with less reliance on natural resources, less damage to natural resources and less reliance on chemicals and pesticides.” View the Read More >

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New Study Shows Benefits of Bt Corn to Neighboring Farmers

Agricultural scientists have published a study in the journal Science providing evidence that corn that has been genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) provides significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn.  “This study provides important information about the benefits of biotechnology by directly examining how area-wide suppression of corn borers using Bt corn can improve yield and grain quality even of Read More >

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Modern Farming: America’s Wisest Energy Investment

Be sure to read Stephen Budiansky’s opinion piece in the August 19th New York Times.  Budiansky dispels a number of the myths associated with the “virtues” of locally-grown foods and applauds our modern American agriculture system.  Whether you prefer biotech, conventional or organic production, you can’t argue that our country serves up the safest, most abundant, affordable and efficient food supply in the world.  Agriculture accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; Read More >

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Fussy Eaters – What’s Wrong with Biotech Food?

In the BBC News “Green Room,” Prof. Jonathan Jones wonders why there is such a fuss about biotechnology when it can help deliver a sustainable global food system. We can improve crop variety performance by both plant breeding (which gets better every year with new genetic methods), and by genetic modification (GM).  Ouch; yuck – GM. Did you recoil from those letters? Why? “I started making GM plants (petunias, as it happens) in 1983, working Read More >

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Adoptions of Genetically Engineered Corn, Soybeans, and Cotton by Farmers Are Up

Yesterday the USDA released a report stating that the adoptions of genetically engineered corn, soybeans, and cotton by farmers are up from this time last year. This just goes to show that when a farmer experiences the advantages that occur with GE seeds, they’ll use them again. The most commonly adopted traits so far are herbicide-tolerance and insect-resistance. The 14 million farmers worldwide using GE crops are mostly adopting them because of the economic advantages Read More >

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