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Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

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“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws

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On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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Unhealthy Fixation: The War Against GMOs

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The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer, writes William Saletan in a comprehensive and well-researched article in Slate: Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products Read More >

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Quantifying the Benefits of GE Crops

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Did you know that over 90% of soybeans, cotton and corn grown in America are genetically engineered? Since the year 2000, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), part of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), has been tracking the percent of GE crops grown on U.S. soil. Their results are now summarized in an easy-to-read table which highlights the widespread adoption of GE crops across the country. Here are their key findings: Of all soybeans Read More >

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AquAdvantage Salmon: A Regulatory Odyssey

AquAdvantage Salmon- A Regulatory Odyssey

At BIO 2012, an article was published on AquaBounty Technologies which told the tale of the Company’s New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for AquAdvantage Salmon.  At that time, the Company had completed all the required major elements for an FDA approval and FDA had held a thorough public airing before its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) of the results of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) review of AquaBounty’s application. Following the meeting of Read More >

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