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The Incentive to Beat Climate Change

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On May 27th, Rick Duke, deputy director for climate change at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, spoke on the important role that the agriculture industry will play in the coming years for reducing U.S. greenhouse emissions. By 2025, Duke stated that the industry itself could contribute a 2% cut in gas emissions and enhance carbon storage equivalent to about 120 million metric tons of CO2. Andrew Restuccia of PoliticoPro covered Dukes’ Read More >

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Biobased Products Offer the World a Promising Solution: Petroleum Products Caught Off-Guard

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It takes 450 years, almost half of a century, for a plastic bottle to decompose. In 2012 about 32 million tons of plastic garbage was collected of which only nine percent was recycled. Through industrial biotechnology, innovators are creating greener alternatives to consumer and personal care products that are commonly made using petroleum. In their article, Biobased products popping up throughout the economy, Agri-Pulse highlights how biobased products are rising in popularity and provides several examples Read More >

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G-20 Enacts Plan for Improving Global Food Security

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Agripulse reported that on Monday, May 11, 2015, the United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement endorsing a plan to combat food insecurity developed by the G-20 agriculture ministers: “After open and frank discussions, I believe we arrived at a communique that outlines major goals that must be achieved if we are to increase food security in the world. Together, the leaders underscored that food security and nutrition are a top priority for the Read More >

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Let’s Make Food Issues Real

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New York Times editor Mark Bittman recently published an impressive op-ed discussing the current food movement and his thoughts on which issues about food are truly worth debating over. This opinion piece came at a great time as Panera recently announced that it will drop artificial ingredients from its pantry along with the popular fast food chain Chipotle’s news that it has successfully eliminated all GMO ingredients from foods served in its U.S. restaurants. “There is some talk about the food movement’s winning. I’m Read More >

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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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