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USDA’s Efforts on Coexistence Likely to End in Futility …or Worse

Ag journalist Harry Cline opined in Southwest Farm Press about Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s efforts to enhance coexistence among conventional, organic and biotech farmers:  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at least gets credit for trying to forge a coexistence alliance between those who advocate biotech agriculture and those who do not want any part of it. This lofty goal came out of the recently released USDA-APHIS Environmental Impact Statement to pave the way for resumption Read More >

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Transgenic Crops Contribute to Sustainable Development

The Plant Biotechnology Journal has an article in its January edition on the use of transgenic crops in meeting sustainable development goals. The concept of sustainable development forms the basis for a wide variety of international and national policymaking. World population continues to expand at about 80 M people per year, while the demand for natural resources continues to escalate. Important policies, treaties and goals underpin the notion of sustainable development. In this paper, the authors Read More >

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How “Fear of Science” Is Harming Our Future

Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker, told attendees at the GrowCanada Conference last week that irrational thinking about scientific advancements like plant biotechnology may present unique concerns to the world.  This is the greatest time there has ever been on this planet, by any measure that you wish to choose,” Specter says. “And yet the chilling effect caused by denying the scientific evidence on a whole range of topics, including genetically modified foods, may Read More >

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Vilsack Extols the Value of Biotech Crops

As part of Forbes Video Network’s “Thought Leaders” series, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology: “We probably have not done a very good job of explaining to people the benefits of GMOs, not just simply the fact that they can produce more crops, but that they can do so with less reliance on natural resources, less damage to natural resources and less reliance on chemicals and pesticides.” View the Read More >

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New Study Shows Benefits of Bt Corn to Neighboring Farmers

Agricultural scientists have published a study in the journal Science providing evidence that corn that has been genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) provides significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn.  “This study provides important information about the benefits of biotechnology by directly examining how area-wide suppression of corn borers using Bt corn can improve yield and grain quality even of Read More >

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