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Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Bryan Walsh wrote for Time magazine about the so-called “obsession” surrounding genetically modified (GM) crops: “To environmentalist opponents, GM foods are simply evil, an understudied, possibly harmful tool used by big agribusiness to control global seed markets and crush local farmers. They argue that GM foods have never delivered on their supposed promise, that money spent on GM crops would be better funneled to organic farming and that consumers should be protected with warning labels Read More >

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Think Organic Farming is Better for the Environment? Think Again.

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The eighth annual Global Impacts Study released this week by PG Economics quantifies the environmental benefits gained from the use of biotech crops. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of chemical insecticides with biotech crops,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture. “Since 1996 and the advent of agricultural biotechnology, farmers growing these crops have switched to more benign herbicides to help control weeds.” Enright adds, “The shift Read More >

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Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Diverse Panel Announced for Straight Story on Ag Biotech Discussion

Next week as the BIO International Convention comes to Chicago, centered in America’s heartland where food commodities are exchanged and philosophies about agricultural production are debated, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues, which bring together farmers, industry experts, scientists, pundits, media and consumers with varying perspectives. The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel on April 22 at the BIO Convention is called, “The Straight Story on Biotech In Agriculture: The Media and its Read More >

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Don’t Misrepresent the Farmer Assurance Provision

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There has been quite a lot of hoopla in the anti-biotech community over a tiny provision in the spending bill recently signed by President Obama. The “Farmer Assurance Provision” protects farmers and growers when a previously approved and deregulated biotech seed becomes the subject of frivolous lawsuits. Opposition groups such as the Center for Food Safety use the judicial system to challenge USDA’s regulatory authority that governs biotech crops and to potentially halt the use of the Read More >

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Let’s Talk Biotech Food

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Last week The Oregonian published an editorial called “Lawmakers should slow down on GMO labeling, a drive based on fear” saying Oregon lawmakers should not pass House Bill 2532 and other like it aiming to label GMOs: “Under this proposed law, any food deriving its growth or production from a GMO would need to feature a ‘prominent statement’ on the packaging that it contains genetically altered material. Never mind that more than 80 percent of Read More >

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