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Modern Farming: America’s Wisest Energy Investment

Be sure to read Stephen Budiansky’s opinion piece in the August 19th New York Times.  Budiansky dispels a number of the myths associated with the “virtues” of locally-grown foods and applauds our modern American agriculture system.  Whether you prefer biotech, conventional or organic production, you can’t argue that our country serves up the safest, most abundant, affordable and efficient food supply in the world.  Agriculture accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; Read More >

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Fussy Eaters – What’s Wrong with Biotech Food?

In the BBC News “Green Room,” Prof. Jonathan Jones wonders why there is such a fuss about biotechnology when it can help deliver a sustainable global food system. We can improve crop variety performance by both plant breeding (which gets better every year with new genetic methods), and by genetic modification (GM).  Ouch; yuck – GM. Did you recoil from those letters? Why? “I started making GM plants (petunias, as it happens) in 1983, working Read More >

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Final Notes from BIO's World Congress

On June 29 at BIO’s World Congress, Steen Riisgaard, CEO of Novozymes, and Stephen Tanda, Board Member of Royal DSM N.V., released a report from the World Economic Forum on The Future of Industrial Biorefineries. The report says that a biorefinery value chain could create revenue for agricultural inputs ($15 billion US), for biomass production ($89 billion), for biomass trading ($30 billion), for biorefining inputs ($10 billion), for biorefining fuels ($80 billion), for bioplastics ($6 Read More >

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Genetically Engineered Distortions

The New York Times published an op-ed on May 14 authored by Pamela Ronald and James McWilliams. Ronald, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis, is the co-author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food.” Ronald was also a speaker at BIO’s recent 2010 International Convention in Chicago.  James E. McWilliams, a history professor at Texas State University at San Marcos, is the author of “Just Food.” Read More >

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“It’s the Economy, stupid”

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. “It’s the Economy, stupid” by Val Giddings and Jens Katzek It is said that President Bill Clinton used this sentence, when focusing his campaign staff: “It’s the economy, stupid!” This sentence came to mind during a session exploring the wheat market and the potential impact that genetic engineering might have, in a BIO Read More >

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