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Hawaii is Ground Zero for Ag Innovation

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Hawaii’s farmers have endured their share of challenges in recent years:  Without regard for the opinions of local farmers, GMO activists have pushed for bans on the use of biotechnology; many farms suffered devastation from 2014’s Hurricane Isselle; Anti-biotech activists chopped down hundreds of Hawaii’s papaya trees that were genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus; and now, Hawaii’s sugar plantations are disappearing. Amid these hardships, Hawaii’s farmers remain proud about the role they play Read More >

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Let’s Take a Look Back at 2015: Agriculture

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2015 was a year of challenges and accomplishments for the Agriculture Industry. Trade, GMO labeling and the COOL Act are just naming a few items that were up for discussion and debate. Below are 10 noteworthy Ag events that happened in 2015, making it a memorable year for the industry. GE Salmon – After more than two decades of regulatory review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Read More >

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

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“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

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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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