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Celebrating International Beer Day? Celebrate Biotechnology!

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International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the Read More >

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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to Read More >

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CA State Senate Pass Redundant Bill Banning GM Salmon


On August 31, the California legislative session officially ended fortunately with no further attempts by Senator Evans to pass a GMO labeling bill. However, AB- 504 (Assemblyman Chesbro’s ban on propagation of genetically modified salmon) did pass the Senate and is on Governor Brown’s desk. Specifically, this bill would prohibit hatchery production and stocking of transgenic fish in California waters and would define “transgenic” for these purposes. Existing law requires the California Fish and Game Read More >

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Biofuel by California


A look at some of the Golden State biotechnology companies that are contributing to the development of biofuels and renewable chemicals CELLANA Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to develop bioproducts. Algae photosynthetically produce a line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented system of serial photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated a 6-acre, Read More >

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California GMO Labeling Bill Fails; Means Win for Consumers

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Patrick McGreevy of The Los Angeles Times reported on SB 1381, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. This bill would establish a requirement for companies to disclose if foods sold in California are “genetically engineered” (for raw commodities) to “produced with genetic engineering” or “partially produced with genetic engineering” (for processed foods). McGreevy reaffirmed that the California GMO labeling bill failed in the Senate, 19-16, “just two votes short of the majority Read More >

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