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It’s Earth Day 2013 Modern Farming Raises the Bar

Today, as thousands of attendees assemble for the 2013 BIO International Convention, the world celebrates Earth Day. This is fitting as biotechnology in agriculture has helped to revolutionize farming and make it more environmentally friendly. Not only are the world’s farmers producing more food than ever before, they’re able to do it in ways that conserve water, preserve soil nutrients, lessen the need for pesticide applications and reduce carbon emissions. Reducing Emissions No-till or low-till Read More >

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Face of a Giant Agribusiness

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One of the more surprising items I saw in the media recently was on the Huffington Post blog. The HuffPost blog promises “fresh takes,” but this outlet is often critical of mainstream agriculture and large-scale food production – ironically, the very essence of how we feed 7 billion people in this world. But this post from Noah Hultgren, a young corn farmer from Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, puts a fresh face on mainstream agriculture and large-scale Read More >

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Seed Patents: How Innovation May Get Lost in the Grain Elevator

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The Bowman v. Monsanto case currently on petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court highlights some unique aspects about protecting agricultural biotechnology innovation. On April 2, the Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief to explain the views of the United States on the Federal Circuit’s refusal to find patent exhaustion and whether an exception to that doctrine should be created for self-replicating technologies. Before making recommendations about patent Read More >

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Biotechnology and Sustainability

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Last week, a post ran on BIOtechNOW celebrating Earth day and discussing biotechnology’s contributions to sustainability. It turns out; we’re not the only ones talking about it. In a Council on Foreign Relations blog, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard, writes that biotech crops are a necessary agricultural solution to help address the challenges of climate change and population growth. In regards to biotech crops he says, “It doesn’t make Read More >

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More on Organic Myths…

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When we featured an excerpt from Scientific American’s blogpost “Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional”, and linked to the full article, we received a LOT of feedback!  Thanks to everyone for their comments. Blogger Christie Wilcox apparently received a lot of mail about this post as well.  So much so, that Wilcox is staunchly defending her position with a more detailed explanation, complete with scientific cites and footnoted references to back up her claims.  Read More >

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