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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

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On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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Driving to Drive Women in Ag Business

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On June 1 in Easton, ME, American Agri-Women (AAW) set out on a 5 month long drive across the USA to celebrate their 40th anniversary and women’s roles in agriculture. Making stops at major cities like Washington D.C., the AAW strives to amplify the conversation between farmers, consumers, the media and lawmakers at their delicious BBQs, farm visits, manufacturing tours and other public events! Their drive will finish in November when they arrive at their annual convention Read More >

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Honeybees, Butterflies, and Pesticides

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Honeybees and butterflies occupy a sensitive space in many peoples’ hearts, and it is no question that there is a call to action to help restore populations. Lawmakers and scientists are working on ways to restore the natural habitats of these pollinators; however, decisions should be dictated by scientific facts and not emotions. Sue McCrum, the President of American Agri-Women (AAW), recently released an opinion piece in response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy Read More >

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WSJ Reports on the “Organic Food Labeling Ballot Initiatives”

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On November 4th, citizens in Colorado and Oregon will have to decide on whether or not to approve contentious ballot initiatives that would require the mandatory labeling of certain products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting piece that takes a look at what the organic industry will gain if these labeling initiatives pass.  It turns out quite a lot: “If you can’t beat them, ask Read More >

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Report Shows Biotech Crop Varieties Continue to be Preferred By U.S. Farmers

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Tom Saidak reported for BioBased Digest on the latest U.S. adoption data for genetically engineered varieties of corn, cotton and soybeans. In Washington, BIO commented on the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, Genetically engineered varieties of corn, upland cotton, and soybeans, by State and for the Unites States, 2000-14. Key findings for 2014 included 94 percent of all soybeans grown in the U.S., 93 percent of all corn, and 96 percent of all cotton are Read More >

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