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Why the Founder of the Anti-GMO Movement Converted to the Side of Science

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Mark Lynas is a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and the author, most recently, of “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” Lynas is a British environmentalist and author who once founded the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid 1990s. However, in early 2013, this all changed when he publicly denounced his position during a now-infamous speech at the Oxford Farming Conference: “I apologize for having spent Read More >

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More Farmers Around the World Plant Biotech Crops

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ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications) released their annual report last week on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012, showing a record 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries are growing biotech crops on 420 million acres. That marks a pretty stunning 100-fold increase since biotech crops were first commercialized in 1996. Even more impressive is the role developing countries are playing in the growth of biotech crops. Business-Standard.com reported on Read More >

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What Will It Take for the U.S. to Maintain Leadership in the Biopharma Industry?

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The biopharmaceutical industry is an important contributor to U.S. economic growth and sustainability, with more than 650,000 direct jobs (supporting a total of nearly 4 million jobs) and an economic output that totals more than $900 billion.[i] This significant economic impact is due to the high value-added nature of the sector, its extensive supply chain relationships, and high-wage jobs. As a result, gains and losses in the biopharmaceutical sector cascade across many important economic sectors Read More >

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Biotech addresses food security, climate change: Potential economic growth engine

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By Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion and require nearly a doubling of agricultural output to provide an adequate food supply. At the same time, the world’s agricultural system will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity and climate change, raising the risk of production shortfalls in a world where over 800 million people are already undernourished. A challenge like Read More >

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If Biotech Builds…Will Financers Come?

Angie Drakulich from PharmaTech Talk writes: In many countries, it’s easy to get the health minister to understand the value of introducing a vaccine and related healthcare training and therapies to his or her population. It’s another thing to get the finance minister to buy into the effort. But healthcare education and training have made and continue to make great inroads into this area. Angie is part of our BIO Official Blog Program. Keep an Read More >

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