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What exactly are the “risks” anyway?

Wired Magazine columnist Matt Ridley writes a piece for its February magazine that makes a strong case for the global adoption of biotechnology and criticizes the European Union for its “protectionist” policies regarding biotech products.  As with all protectionism, it is the consumer who suffers most. British groceries rose in price over the past few years while American groceries fell in price. A big reason is that British food producers are not allowed to use Read More >

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What is our Role in Enhancing Global Food and Energy Security?

The world’s population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by the middle of this century. Feeding that number of people – in addition to producing animal feed, fiber and biofuels – will require a 70 percent increase in overall agricultural production (and nearly a 100 percent increase in the developing world). – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) That’s why it’s important to understand two things:  1) biotechnology helps to meet a growing Read More >

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Plan Now to Participate: Dialogue on Global Challenges in Ag Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), along with BIO, the Council for Biotechnology Information and CropLife International, will host a special “Town Hall Meeting” to promote and discuss the release of CAST’s first publication of the new year, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges (Issue Paper 45).  The event will take place on Friday, February 12 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University, prominent Read More >

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How Biotechnology is Helping Farmers and the Environment

Did you know…Farmers who use biotech crops help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices? In 2007, this was equivalent to removing 14.2 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing nearly 6.3 million cars from the road for one year.  In the light of ongoing world food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change debates, PG Economics has released three summary documents of the yield, income and environmental Read More >

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Biotech Could Play a Big Role in Saving the Planet

New Scientist magazine carried a story in its September “Blueprint for a Better World” edition about how ag biotech can help grow enough food for our ever-expanding population (by 2040 there could well be 9 billion people on the planet) and do it without wreaking more havoc on the planet. Experimental crop plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertiliser. Such crops could reduce both nitrous oxide Read More >

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