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Building a Better Cherry Blossom

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The March 22 edition of the Huffington Post features a USDA video about DC’s famous cherry trees and what’s being done to improve them. The video features United States Department of Agriculture research geneticist Margaret Pooler, who says that scientists are now looking for ways to make cherry trees hardier – including breeding and developing trees that are disease resistant and that are well-suited for city environments. The brief video explains the origin of DC’s Read More >

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On Ag Day, celebrate the innovations that have made agriculture sucessful.

March 8, 2012 is National Agriculture Day. National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  And today’s modern agriculture practices are more beneficial than ever before for the environment, the economy, food security and consumers. DID YOU KNOW…? Thanks to the modern agricultural practices made possible by agricultural biotechnology, American farming is becoming more environmentally sustainable than ever before. Because of no-till and reduced-till practices associated with the Read More >

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Shoppers Already Have a Choice Regarding Biotech Foods

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Food Chemical News (an Agra Informa publication) ran a thorough editorial in its February 17 edition on the biotech food labeling debate. In this piece, Gregory Conko, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why it would be unnecessary to require special labeling for foods containing biotech ingredients: “Today, there are many thousands of affirmatively labeled, non-biotech foods available in stores as varied as Whole Foods Markets and Wal-Mart. “From just 2000 to Read More >

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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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BIO Applauds U.S.-Japan Action on GE Papaya

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the Government of Japan approved Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya for commercial shipment to Japan. The Rainbow papaya is genetically engineered to be resistant to the papaya ringspot virus. This announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for Hawaiian papaya growers. “The market opening in Japan is great news for Hawaii’s papaya producers and even better news for American agricultural exports,” said Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary for Read More >

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