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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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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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Celiac disease is one of the most common autoimmune conditions in the U.S. but frequently goes undiagnosed.  The cause is currently unknown and it can develop at any point in life.  People who have a relative with the disease are more likely to develop it, and women are more likely than men to have it. When people with celiac disease eat food with gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging areas of the lining of Read More >

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Biotechnology and Sustainability

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Last week, a post ran on BIOtechNOW celebrating Earth day and discussing biotechnology’s contributions to sustainability. It turns out; we’re not the only ones talking about it. In a Council on Foreign Relations blog, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard, writes that biotech crops are a necessary agricultural solution to help address the challenges of climate change and population growth. In regards to biotech crops he says, “It doesn’t make Read More >

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Engineering Food for All

Nearly ninety percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered.

The New York Times published a thoughtful commentary authored by Nina Fedoroff, Penn State professor of biology and former science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State:  Food prices are at record highs and the ranks of the hungry are swelling once again. A warming climate is beginning to nibble at crop yields worldwide. The United Nations predicts that there will be one to three billion more people to feed by midcentury. Yet even Read More >

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