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How Should We Go About Fixing Our Food System From The Ground Up?


“I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them,” states Tamar Haspel in her recent Washington Post piece If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?. In her article, Haspel aims to answer the questions: leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from Read More >

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The GE Tomato May Make a Return


The FLAVR SAVR tomato was the first genetically engineered crop product to be commercialized. In 1994, Calgene, a California based biotechnology company, brought the this first genetically engineered crop to market. The company’s researchers were able to inhibit a gene that produces a protein that makes a tomato get squishy. The introduction of the FLAVR SAVR tomato into the market created a good deal of controversy and consumer resistance. Much of the hype surrounding genetically altered crops was created Read More >

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New Survey Shows What Americans Really Care About When Making Food Decisions

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Cost and nutrition are the two areas most Americans really care about when buying food. According to the 2015 Science and Food Survey released Wednesday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 92% percent of Americans consider it “somewhat important” to “very important” that food be affordable, followed by the 91% who felt the same way about nutrition. AgWeb reported on the findings of the survey: Those two priorities significantly outranked other food characteristics asked Read More >

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Who Exactly Say Biotech Foods are Safe?

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To understand the safety of food biotech, it helps to look at the numbers. There are thousands of studies on biotech crops published, billions of pounds of biotech foods eaten, and there are zero illnesses (human or animal) resulting of consuming biotech foods. The sole mission of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. The key word here is science-based. Once of IFIC’s guiding pricinples is to Read More >

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Scientists! We Need You to Speak Up!


“Scientists who speak out need to get used to being targeted by mudslingers; it is part of today’s 24/7 world of spin and instant controversies.” In the contentious debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the voice of scientists are often overshadow by the loud and overly-dramatic voice of those who are anti-biotech. In the debate around the safety of GMOs and whether or not we should label foods containing them, the voice of scientists need Read More >

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