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Fear of Science Will Kill Us

CNN carried on its web page this week a “Ted Talk” video that features author Michael Specter speaking positively about biotech products and about the public fear of science.  Specter is staff writer at The New Yorker, and author of the book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.  TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” hosts talks on many subjects and makes them available through Read More >

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Academicsreview.org Answers Anti-Biotech Claims

A new website, Academics Review, scientifically examines claims against biotech foods made by food activist Jeffrey Smith. Founders Bruce Chassy, Ph.D., professor of food microbiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. David Tribe, Ph.D., senior lecturer in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, authored a point-by-point scientific analysis of Smith’s claims, which is posted on the site. Reliable information is extremely important Read More >

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National Academy of Sciences Says Genetic Engineering Could Save Florida’s Oranges

Genetic engineering holds great potential for resisting the threat of diseases that have recently devastated Florida’s citrus industry, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Sciences. Since its discovery in 2005, citrus greening disease has spread to nearly every orange-growing county in Florida, carried by an invasive relative of the aphid, the Asian citrus psyllid. The bacterial disease has already cut the state’s orange juice production by several percentage points, Read More >

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Ag’s Environmental Progress is Facilitated by Biotech Crops

A recent report released by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) examines the impact of biotechnology on the ability of farmers to improve their environmental performance. According to the CTIC, farmers will need to feed 9 billion people by 2040 with a shrinking base of soil, air, and quality water resources. The CTIC, which began in the mid-1980’s as a resource for farmers to learn about crop production with no-till and reduced tillage, has become Read More >

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Is India’s Government an Obstacle to Economic Progress?

The Wall Street Journal ran another opinion piece on March 8 on the continuing biotech eggplant controversy.  This time, Mr. Gurcharan Das, author and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, writes “despite 18 years of economic reform. If anything holds India back from realizing its true potential, it is weak institutions of governance.” Nowhere is this heartbreaking truth clearer than in the tale of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company. The development of biotech eggplant was Read More >

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