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A Scientist Pope and High-Tech Catholicism

Pope Francis

The USA Today ran an op-ed authored by John Rigolizzo, a New Jersey farmer and a volunteer board member of Truth About Trade & Technology: “As Catholic cardinals selected Pope Francis in Rome, we watched an ancient church at its most medieval: obedient to tradition, cloaked in secrecy, and waiting for white smoke. The papal conclave appeared positively anti-modern. Yet in another sense, the Vatican stands in the vanguard of science and technology. It’s one 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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My family farm isn’t under “corporate control”

Brian Scott

On CNN’s blog, “Eatocracy”, Indiana farmer Brian Scott challenges the myth that farmers are slaves to “Big Ag” and explains from first-hand experience how biotech seed contracts work. In his blog post titled, “My family farm isn’t under ‘corporate control’“, Scott posts a copy of an actual technology agreement he signed, and explains how such agreements help him to operate the farm in the manner his family chooses. Among the requirements of technology and stewardship Read More >

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

Mark Lynas

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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