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Innovation Is… with Stephan Tanda, Managing Board Member, Royal DSM

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The term “innovation” is thrown around more often than Peyton Manning’s name during Fantasy Football season. But if any industry can truly capture the essence of innovation, it is the biotech industry. Innovation is inherent in what we do – from curing or treating illnesses that were once considered a death sentence to feeding a growing population to helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil through the production of biofuels. But what is innovation, Read More >

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100+ Ag Organizations and Academics Applaud World Food Prize’s Biotech Focus

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The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.  The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply – food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.  It emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The New York Times Weighs in on Golden Rice Destruction

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Amy Harmon wrote for the New York Times about the August 8 attack and destruction of the genetically modified Golden Rice fields in the Bicol region of the Philippines: Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety Read More >

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When Crop Vandalism Kills Children…

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In the days following the senseless destruction of Golden Rice field trials in the Philippines that occurred earlier this month, there has been much response on social media and in the blogosphere. “Our Golden Rice research is part of our humanitarian work to reduce vitamin A deficiency that mostly affects women and children – causing sickness, blindness, and even death,” said Dr. Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general of communications and partnerships at the International Rice Read More >

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