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Global Perspectives on the Benefits of Biotech Crops

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Three farmers, each from a different developing country, recently shared their perspectives on GMO Answers about how biotech crops can contribute to improved food security – growing more food using fewer resources, with seeds that help farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. Gilbert Arap Bor writes how biotech seeds, currently banned in Kenya, could help address devastating yield loss due to plant disease: In Kenya, there is hope that 2014 will bring a lifting of Read More >

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Food Fight: Food Companies Wrestle with GMO Perceptions

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General Mills made headline news when it announced it would re-label its original Cheerios and source the cereal’s tiny amount of sugar and corn starch from non-GMO crops. Some in the industry accused General Mills of caving into consumer paranoia about GMOs in foods, a new trend in the food manufacturing and retail arenas. Following General Mill’s example with Cheerios, Post did the same for its Grape-Nuts cereal, and Smart Balance for its butter-like spreads. Read More >

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Can GMO’s can be a win-win for the U.S. and China?

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Much has been written in the media recently about China’s rejection of shipments containing varieties of unapproved genetically modified corn. Trade disruption such as this is unnecessary and costly because the product in question has been approved for use in food, feed and for cultivation in several countries, including Argentina, Brazil, the European Union and the United States. This exposes a significant vulnerability in global commodity trade, as most countries maintain a zero tolerance policy Read More >

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More Farmers Around the World Plant Biotech Crops

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ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications) released their annual report last week on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012, showing a record 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries are growing biotech crops on 420 million acres. That marks a pretty stunning 100-fold increase since biotech crops were first commercialized in 1996. Even more impressive is the role developing countries are playing in the growth of biotech crops. Business-Standard.com reported on Read More >

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Seed Patents: How Innovation May Get Lost in the Grain Elevator

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The Bowman v. Monsanto case currently on petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court highlights some unique aspects about protecting agricultural biotechnology innovation. On April 2, the Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief to explain the views of the United States on the Federal Circuit’s refusal to find patent exhaustion and whether an exception to that doctrine should be created for self-replicating technologies. Before making recommendations about patent Read More >

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