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Senate Hearing Stresses Confidence in the Safety, Regulation of GMOs

As the debate over GMO food labeling and the use of biotechnology in agriculture has evolved, the Senate Committee on Agriculture hosted a hearing today, “Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives,” to hear perspectives from agency officials, food producers and consumer groups.  Committee members also asked witnesses their perspectives on whether or not GMO foods should require labels.  Committee members emphasized the need for science-based policies and the witness testimonies mostly Read More >

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New Survey Shows What Americans Really Care About When Making Food Decisions

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Cost and nutrition are the two areas most Americans really care about when buying food. According to the 2015 Science and Food Survey released Wednesday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 92% percent of Americans consider it “somewhat important” to “very important” that food be affordable, followed by the 91% who felt the same way about nutrition. AgWeb reported on the findings of the survey: Those two priorities significantly outranked other food characteristics asked Read More >

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EU States Opt-Out of Innovation

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A number of international media outlets are reporting on EU member states choosing to opt-out of GMO cultivation.  Using a law signed in March giving countries the right to seek exclusion from any approval request for GMO crop cultivation – even if strains have been approved at EU level – 19 out of 28 EU member states are choosing to ban GMO crops, reports Reuters. Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, opposition is Read More >

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Why State Food Labeling Mandates Are Bad For Consumers and Farmers

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Hundreds of food and agri-business representatives are in Washington this week visiting with members of the Senate to talk about biotechnology, GMOs, and food labels.  Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains in The Hill why the Senate needs to act soon to pass a federal GMO food labeling bill: There is a growing anxiety among American farmers, manufacturers and shoppers about confusing and expensive changes coming soon to store shelves unless Read More >

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FOIA Attacks Against Biotech Scientists Get Personal

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Much has been written and discussed online about the relationships between independent researchers and industry groups.  New York Times reporter Eric Lipton wrote about this in a detailed September 5 article, “Food Industry Enlisted Academics in GMO Lobbying War, Emails Show”. Lipton’s article comes about 6 months after U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) filed FOIA requests for emails and documents of more than forty public university faculty and staff members seeking to link these individuals Read More >

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