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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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More Junk Science: Is the Carman Pig Study “Seralini 2.0”?

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A new pig feeding study authored by Australian researcher Judy Carman, and Maurice, Iowa farmer Howard Vlieger, claims that pigs fed genetically modified (GM) corn and genetically modified (GM) soybean meal showed increased incidence stomach inflammation.  This study was authored by two veteran anti-biotech campaigners, Judy Carman and Howard Vlieger, and was published in an obscure online journal financed by the organic industry.  It reaches conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the great preponderance of Read More >

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Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Bryan Walsh wrote for Time magazine about the so-called “obsession” surrounding genetically modified (GM) crops: “To environmentalist opponents, GM foods are simply evil, an understudied, possibly harmful tool used by big agribusiness to control global seed markets and crush local farmers. They argue that GM foods have never delivered on their supposed promise, that money spent on GM crops would be better funneled to organic farming and that consumers should be protected with warning labels Read More >

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Think Organic Farming is Better for the Environment? Think Again.

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The eighth annual Global Impacts Study released this week by PG Economics quantifies the environmental benefits gained from the use of biotech crops. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of chemical insecticides with biotech crops,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture. “Since 1996 and the advent of agricultural biotechnology, farmers growing these crops have switched to more benign herbicides to help control weeds.” Enright adds, “The shift Read More >

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The UK at BIO

The UK at BIO

There are more than 400 delegates from the UK attending the 2013 BIO International Convention. These include delegates from four innovative life science companies – Abcodia, Critical Pharmaceuticals, Nanomerics, and PsiOxus Therapeutics – who won the recent UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Innovation Competition and will showcase their technologies to an international audience in Chicago. The UK presence at the convention will be centred on the UK pavilion (stand 4441) hosted by the BioIndustry Association (BIA) Read More >

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