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GMO Answers: How One Farmer Decides Which Seeds are Best for His Farm

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When it comes to GMOs, you’ll hear a lot of arguments about why they are “bad” and should be avoided. Some of these claims are health-related, others about environmental sustainability. And, some make incorrect claims about farmers’ ability to choose the seeds they grow on their farms, alleging that seed companies lock farmers into contracts and force them to buy specific products. Most people might learn about seeds in a grade school science class, but Read More >

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What’s Really at the Heart of the Debate About GMOS?

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Is science really at the heart of the GMO debate, or is there something else perpetuating the deep divisions on these issues? In a column at Forbes.com, Kate Hall, managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson, explores this question as she reflects on Scientific American’s forum, “Lost in Translation: Is Science Explained Fairly in the Media.” Hall contends that an individual’s perception of the scientific consensus and their cultural predispositions Read More >

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You Can Thank GMOs for Lower Prices at the Grocery Store

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Our new column over at Forbes.com explains just how genetically modified foods can benefit society, and your pocketbook. There are many factors that determine the price of the food in your grocery store: demand, weather, global markets, food quality, pests/disease control, regulation, transportation, and labor costs, just to name a few. Whenever farmers can control one of these factors, the more beneficial it is to the consumer. And genetically modified (GM) crops allow farmers to Read More >

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Bacteria and Innovation

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Bacteria get a pretty bad rap. Most people associate them with disease, or making food spoil.  But in reality, bacteria serve a vital function in nature. And while it is true that some bacteria like Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, it is also true that others such as a bacteria called Rhizobia convert free nitrogen into a form that the plants can use in order to grow. As our latest article in Forbes, Bacteria Are Revolutionizing Read More >

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John Lechleiter Forbes Op-Ed: Debunking the Five Big Myths About ‘Big Pharma’

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This week, Eli Lilly and Company President, Chairman and CEO John Lechleiter refutes five big myths about big pharma in this Forbes opinion piece. He points to these five biggest industry myths as ‘routinely poisoning debates, obscuring genuine problems, and distorting policy recommendations on health care.’ In short (excerpts): Myth #1 Pharmaceutical companies exaggerate the costs of developing new medicines to justify high prices. In fact: The research and development (R&D) expenditures of this industry Read More >

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