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“It’s the Economy, stupid”

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. “It’s the Economy, stupid” by Val Giddings and Jens Katzek It is said that President Bill Clinton used this sentence, when focusing his campaign staff: “It’s the economy, stupid!” This sentence came to mind during a session exploring the wheat market and the potential impact that genetic engineering might have, in a BIO Read More >

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To Find a Drop of Water in Lake Michigan

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. New GM Crops and Their Asynchronous Approval: Implications for International Trade By Jens Katzek No-one seriously doubts that global trade is an essential of the wealth created over the last forty years in countries we used to number in the “third world.” They are today some of the most powerful economies on earth. Read More >

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Science vs Brainwashing – Climate change a challenge also for plant breeding

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Jens Katzek Policy decisions should be made on the basis of three principles:  Science, science and  – no surprise – science. This was the primary take home message from the “Leadership Summit on Climate Change” on Monday afternoon May, 3rd. The speakers came from a thrilling mix different experiences. Roger Beachy, now Read More >

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Biotech Crops Contribute to Sustainable Farming and Global Food Affordability

PG Economics released April 28 its latest reports detailing the global economic and environmental benefits of biotech crops. Since 1996, biotech crop adoption has contributed to reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, decreased pesticide spraying, significantly boosted farmers’ incomes and resulted in lower real world prices for corn, canola, soybeans and the main derivatives of these crops,” said Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, co-author of the reports. “The technology has also Read More >

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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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