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Feeding the World Requires Science and Technology

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the world needs to boost agriculture production by 60 percent to meet its estimated food needs over the coming decades. This is not a new concern for the world agriculture and food production community.  On October 30, 2011, our world’s seventh billion person was born.  Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished, according to the United Nations.  Read More >

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GMO Labeling Wack-a-Mole: Oregon and Colorado Consider Ballot Initiatives

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As many state legislatures have concluded their sessions, one might think the debate around GMO labeling legislation would fade. But now, new ballot initiatives are raising their heads. Backers of a state-wide initiative in Oregon that would require labels for foods containing GMOs turned in more than 155,000 signatures last week, virtually guaranteeing a spot on the November ballot. Likewise in Colorado, a labeling proponent group has gathered at least 75,000 signatures, nearing the 86,105 Read More >

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2014 World Food Prize Honors Critical Breakthroughs in Wheat

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on June 18 the selection of eminent wheat breeder, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. The World Food Prize highlights the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Fact vs. Fear: Are GM Enzymes in Cheese Safe?

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On June 6, 2014, Scientific American released an entertaining blog entitled “Genetically Modified Cheese… is Nothing Safe? At the Boundaries of GMO Controversy” written by Kevin Bronham, Curriculum Fellow in the Microbiology and Immunobiology department at Harvard Medical School. Bronham’s article provides a common example of the use in biotechnology in food production to show how opposition to GMOs isn’t based in science. In cheese-making, it’s necessary to use “rennet,” which causes the milk to Read More >

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