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Orange You Glad We Have Biotech?

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Down in the “Sunshine State,” Florida- grown citrus fruits are under attack—and biotechnology is their knight in shining armor. Citrus greening disease, discovered in 2005, is the most devastating citrus disease. By 2008, it had spread to all of the counties in Florida where citrus was grown. The disease is caused by the bacteria huanglongbing (HLB). It clogs the plant’s nutrient transport system, the phloem, so it cannot transport or absorb nutrients which are needed Read More >

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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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House Ag Committee Advances Biotech Food Labeling Bill

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The House Agriculture Committee approved on Tuesday, July 14, H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. First introduced on March 25 by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the legislation has evolved through bipartisan discussions between the Agriculture Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill currently has 69 cosponsors along with public support from more than 400 organizations in all 50 states that represent every step of Read More >

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Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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A Glimpse into a New Era: Genetically Modified Animals

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Science fiction and pop culture, such as the Jurassic Park franchise, narrate an unrealistic view of genetically modified animals. However, the use of genetically modified animals can improve livestock farming practices, save endangered species, and can even lead to cures for human diseases. In Kevin Loria’s entertaining and informative blog post, The age of genetically engineered animals has arrived, Loria speaks to the benefits of genetically engineered animals with real-life examples, discusses bioethics, and highlights the Read More >

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