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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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Biotech for Now, and for the Future

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Written by Scott Swenson – Scott Swenson is a wheat grower from Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and Chairman, National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee.  He was a panelist on our Food & Ag Media Breakfast at the 2011 BIO International Convention panel titled, “WINNING THE FUTURE:  Does U.S. Ag Policy Support or Discourage Innovation?” on June 29. Did you know that biotechnology in plants saves fuel and machinery usage by 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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