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Plan Now to Participate: Dialogue on Global Challenges in Ag Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), along with BIO, the Council for Biotechnology Information and CropLife International, will host a special “Town Hall Meeting” to promote and discuss the release of CAST’s first publication of the new year, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges (Issue Paper 45).  The event will take place on Friday, February 12 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University, prominent Read More >

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Biotechnology Is the New Conventional

John Reifsteck, a Champaign Illinois soybean and corn farmer authored an editorial in response to the November 17 report by the Organic Center, the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety.  (John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in western Champaign County Illinois, is a Board Member of Truth About Trade and Technology.)  Pasted below is the text of his editorial, along with links to the sources he references:  Farming is a Read More >

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How Biotechnology is Helping Farmers and the Environment

Did you know…Farmers who use biotech crops help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices? In 2007, this was equivalent to removing 14.2 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing nearly 6.3 million cars from the road for one year.  In the light of ongoing world food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change debates, PG Economics has released three summary documents of the yield, income and environmental Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Biotech Weekly Blog Roundup

In industrial biotechnology this week the Wall Street Cheat Sheet says algae is the next great thing. “Algae could be the most promising candidate yet for the future of the biofuels industry. Although algae-based fuels won’t be commercially available for several years, algae offers several advantages over other first-generation renewable fuels, such as corn and soybeans. For example, algae grows faster, requires less resources, can be used as jet fuel, can use existing distribution systems, Read More >

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Wrong Question: Can Biofuels Be Carbon Friendly?

The Science Insider blog last week hosted an interesting debate between Tim Searchinger, Princeton visiting scholar, and John Sheehan, of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, regarding the recent policy proposal in the pages of Science by Searchinger et al. to “fix” the carbon accounting of biomass for bioenergy and biofuels in U.S. legislation and the successor to the Kyoto protocol, by giving credit only to biomass that can be managed Read More >

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