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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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BIO Submits Joint Supplemental Comments on the USPTO March Guidance

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Last week BIO, alongside a number of member companies and private individuals, submitted supplemental comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning their March 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. In July, BIO and international bio-industry associations had submitted comments to the USPTO expressing concern about the Guidance, and its impact on the patent eligibility of biotechnology inventions. Since July, USPTO staff has indicated a final revision to the Guidance would be released Read More >

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This Week in “Get to Know GMOs” Month

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For the month of October GMO Answers will be engaging online and across social media to help consumers Get to Know GMOs and better understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture. As others promote activities opposing GMOs throughout the month, we’ll be correcting common misconceptions and introducing consumers to those who create and grow GMO crops. From ABC to CBS, the need for basic GMO education was made very clear on TV this week! The timing couldn’t be Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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Jim Murray Closes BIO LBS with Memorable Keynote

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“We need to learn how to feed the world better,  We cannot feed the world using organic or hunter-gatherer technologies.” – Dr. Jim Murray In his closing Keynote, Dr. James Murray, Professor Animal Science and Population Health at the University of California at Davis reminded attendees how vital animal biotechnology will be in helping to feed a rapidly growing population. Dr. Murray opened by commenting that one child dies every 5 seconds because of hunger. “This Read More >

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