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Want a less abundant and more expensive food supply? Rally against biotech

Karen-Batra-Feature

As millions of Americans struggle during these tough economic times, one thing we don’t have to worry about is food. Because of the wonderful work of our farmers, ranchers and growers, people in the United States don’t have to worry about whether there’s enough to eat. A recent USDA study suggested that just six to seven percent of our paychecks goes to the grocery store. American consumers spend less for their groceries than virtually anybody Read More >

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Continued progress in advanced biofuels relies on the RFS

Jim Greenwood

There is widespread agreement among experts, policy makers and the public that the United States must overcome its addiction to fossil fuels to protect the environment and for reasons of national security. As in any addiction, interventions are necessary to break bad habits. Fortunately, in 2007 Congress expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requiring increased production and use of renewable fuels from multiple sources. American companies are making steady progress in creating advanced plant-based fuels. Read More >

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Bill Gates: Innovation is Key to Helping Poor Farmers

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“I’ve never been a farmer,” Bill Gates confessed at The Chicago Council’s Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. “Until recently, I rarely set foot on a farm.” Yet, through the Gates Foundation, he is one of the world’s most powerful advocates for poor farmers and he is helping them gain access to technology that will help them grow their way to self-sufficiency. Right now, the average farmer in sub-Saharan Africa produces just over a Read More >

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Face of a “Giant Agribusiness”

The Huffington Post ran on May 13 a very articulate piece authored by Minnesota corn farmer Noah Hultgren:  According to some, I am a giant agribusiness — the worst kind of factory farmer. What qualifies me for this dubious distinction? Nothing except that, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures, my farm falls in the biggest six percent of U.S. farms. And these farms account for the bulk of federal farm policy support. It Read More >

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Ag Biotechnology Playing Bigger Role in Food Output

CNBC published an online article on April 26 about technology’s role in meeting global food demand.  Industries of all stripes typically look to technology to improve safety and cost efficiency. With both global food prices and concerns about food safety on the rise, technology is playing a more important role in the economics of the world’s food supply. Agricultural biotechnology is gaining traction worldwide as a method for improving crop yields. And thanks to new Read More >

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