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Grass Stains, Flip Flops, Water Fights… and Biotech!

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July is notorious for the beaming rays and hot summer weather. Luckily our atmosphere protects most harmful rays, but still ultraviolet radiation (UV waves) can lead to sunburns, premature aging of the skin, suppression of the immune system, eye damage and most dangerously: skin cancer. Obviously, there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself from the rays; such as wearing sunscreen and re-applying it throughout the day as well as wearing proper clothing. Read More >

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Feeding the World Requires Science and Technology

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the world needs to boost agriculture production by 60 percent to meet its estimated food needs over the coming decades. This is not a new concern for the world agriculture and food production community.  On October 30, 2011, our world’s seventh billion person was born.  Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished, according to the United Nations.  Read More >

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House Ag Subcommittee Considers the Societal Benefits of Biotechnology

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“Organic farmers do not need to demonize conventional farmers, we are one agriculture,” opened Ranking Member. Kurt Schrader (OR-05). On July 9, 2014 at 10:00am, the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing “To consider the societal benefits of biotechnology”. Witnesses included: Dr. David Just, Professor, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Fact vs. Fear: Are GM Enzymes in Cheese Safe?

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On June 6, 2014, Scientific American released an entertaining blog entitled “Genetically Modified Cheese… is Nothing Safe? At the Boundaries of GMO Controversy” written by Kevin Bronham, Curriculum Fellow in the Microbiology and Immunobiology department at Harvard Medical School. Bronham’s article provides a common example of the use in biotechnology in food production to show how opposition to GMOs isn’t based in science. In cheese-making, it’s necessary to use “rennet,” which causes the milk to Read More >

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