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Hawaii is Ground Zero for Ag Innovation

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Hawaii’s farmers have endured their share of challenges in recent years:  Without regard for the opinions of local farmers, GMO activists have pushed for bans on the use of biotechnology; many farms suffered devastation from 2014’s Hurricane Isselle; Anti-biotech activists chopped down hundreds of Hawaii’s papaya trees that were genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus; and now, Hawaii’s sugar plantations are disappearing. Amid these hardships, Hawaii’s farmers remain proud about the role they play Read More >

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Cultivating More Female Plant Scientists

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Below is an excerpt from an interview with Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), posted by CropLife International: Only 25 percent of agricultural scientists in Africa are women. Increasing this number is critical to Africa’s food security, says Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a career development program for top female scientists.  So far, more than 400 women in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Read More >

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After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish Read More >

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31 Critical Questions in Ag Biotech

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“In March 2000, Barun Mitra of the Liberty Institute, a progressive free-market think-tank in India, sent questions concerning agricultural biotechnology to the AgBioView listserv, with the hope that expert members of the list would be able to address them. He received a great number of responses, which he compiled and edited with the help of Andrew Apel and Gregory Conko.” GMO Answers has posted the except below and linked to the answers from members of AgBioWorld. The Read More >

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Spokeswomen Defending Biotechnology

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Many consumers are confused, fearful and opposed to the use of biotechnology in food production. As a result, some food companies are removing ingredients derived from biotech seeds, which includes beet sugar. The cause of the problem is that anti-biotech activists have promoted a tremendous amount of misinformation attacking biotech crops for 20 years, without a strong rebuttal by producers and technology providers to counter or challenge them. While there are many elements to addressing Read More >

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