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Ag Biotech at BIO’s International Convention: Telling Your Story

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The Food and Agriculture track sessions at the 2015 BIO International Convention kicked off on the morning of Tuesday, June 16, with a series of dynamic speakers and enlightening sessions. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood got things started introducing South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, BIO’s first Food and Ag Governor of the Year.  Governor Daugaard was recognized by BIO last September for his leadership and commitment to strengthening the agricultural and livestock biotechnology industries Read More >

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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to Read More >

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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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When Did Science Become a Dirty Word?

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Cathleen Enright wrote a thoughtful commentary for CNBC on about how consumers are increasingly standing up for scientific evidence as being reliable on one issue, but questioning its validity on another, even when there’s an equally rigorous body of evidence. Examples of this exist – not just in the debate over GMOs – but also in discussions around climate change and childhood vaccines.   Enright is the executive director of the Council for Biotechnology Information Read More >

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UK Government Adviser: Organic Farming Not Always Best

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The Guardian reported on remarks by a UK government scientific adviser stating that organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, because of the greater land use required and the methods used. Lord Krebs, who advises ministers on how to adapt to climate change, told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Instead, he suggested, agricultural methods known as “no-till” – which usually Read More >

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