Tag Archives: biotechnology

UK Government Adviser: Organic Farming Not Always Best

cotton

The Guardian reported on remarks by a UK government scientific adviser stating that organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, because of the greater land use required and the methods used. Lord Krebs, who advises ministers on how to adapt to climate change, told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Instead, he suggested, agricultural methods known as “no-till” – which usually Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Patently Biotech’s Top Articles of 2014

shutterstock_26191726

It’s been a whirlwind year for IP. From international trade negotiations, to revised PTO guidelines and dropping patent case stats, intellectual property is on the brain and in the news. Here are Patently Biotech’s top blog posts of 2014: TPP and IP: The Economic Benefits of a Pacific Trade Agreement Should the USPTO allow the patenting of living organisms? Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines Stopped at the Threshold: A New Study Reports Read More >

Patently BIOtech  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

admin-ajax (1)

The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Indian Patents Ensure Wide Access to Drugs, Without Raising Prices

patent

Two recent studies on Indian drugs have shown that patent protection does not dramatically increase prices, but does ensure widespread access to life saving therapeutics. This research confirms that a weak patent environment slows drug availability and hinders treatment to many people in need. Data Shows Little Change in Indian Drug Prices after Implementing Stronger Patent System In a new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars found that patented drugs did not Read More >

Patently BIOtech  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Judge Blocks Maui County from Implementing GMO Ban

Corn crops

The media is reporting on a decision by a federal judge to postpone implementation of a new law in Maui County banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure. The Associated Press reports that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said in his ruling. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. filed Read More >

Farmer Gene  |  Leave a comment  |  Email This Post
Tags: , , , , , , , ,