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Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration; Why we often hate new stuff

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Humans have a habit of stalling their own progress, writes Steven Overly for The Washington Post. From coffee to mechanical refrigeration to genetically altered food, history is littered with innovations that sparked resistance before becoming fixtures in everyday life. In hindsight, opposition to innovations such as mechanical farm equipment or recorded music may seem ludicrous. But the past 600 years of human history help explain why humans often oppose new technologies and why that pattern Read More >

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Why Soylent is “Proudly Made with GMOs”

Soylent, a Silicon Valley food startup with a cult following, proudly makes its meal-replacement beverages and powders with genetically modified organisms.  In a detailed blog post complete with scientific references and accompanying charts and graphs, Soylent explains why.  Their report is excerpted below: As a society, we struggle to satisfy the global demand for food. One in nine people across the globe suffer from hunger, and in order to keep pace with the rate of Read More >

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Dolly’s Clones Turn 9 Years Old and Are “Perfectly Healthy”

The Washington Post ran an article July 26 by reporter Rachel Feltman on the offspring of the famous “Dolly the Sheep,” the world’s first animal clone.  Dolly’s legacy and her four cloned offspring are helping researchers better understand the science of animal cloning and how it could lead to breakthroughs in the human health arena: When Dolly the sheep was born 20 years ago, the University of Edinburgh’s famous girl was the first mammal created Read More >

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Not a Factory Farmer, a Family Farmer

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Farming is no simple affair and Lawson Mozley wants you to see the personal dedication and sound science behind it. In a new post on the GMO Answers Forbes.com page, Mozley, a sixth generation farmer, addresses the idea that the use of agricultural technology and GM crops somehow overshadows farmers’ dedication. In fact, such technology is what keeps the farm viable for the next generations: First, let me tell you about myself and my family’s Read More >

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BIO Applauds Federal Approach to GMO Disclosure

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BIO applauds today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a federal, uniform approach to GMO disclosure.  The House voted 306-117 shortly after noon today, sending the long-debated bill to President Obama’s desk for signature. “The Congress’ strong, bipartisan support for a national GMO labeling and disclosure solution is a win for consumers, farmers, businesses, and agricultural innovation,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and CEO. “We commend the many leaders in the U.S. Read More >

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