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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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Are GMOs the Climategate of the Left?

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I’ve heard the word “momentum” a lot lately. Vermont signed its GMO labeling law on May 8. Voters in Jackson County, Oregon this week approved a ban on GMO cultivation, a move that will dictate to area farmers what they can and can’t grow. And just today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shepherded through the Appropriations Committee an amendment to mandate the labeling of the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, when it is approved by the FDA. Read More >

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Executive Changes at LifeScience Alley

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After ten years at helm, Dale Wahlstrom has announced his retirement from LifeScience Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Shaye Mandle has been selected to lead the organization as president and CEO effective May 1. BIO is grateful to Dale for his strong and insightful leadership over the past 10 years. He has been instrumental to the growth of Minnesota’s life sciences industry and has elevated his Read More >

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Benefits of GE Crops Highlighted in USDA Report

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Farmer adoption of genetically engineered (GE) crops is associated with time savings, lower insecticide use, and more conservation tillage, according to a new USDA study. The report, “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States” by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth James Wechsler, Michael Livingston, and Lorraine Mitchell was released by USDA’s Economic Research Service on February 20. According to USDA: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops (mainly corn, cotton, and soybeans) were planted on 169 million acres in 2013, Read More >

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