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Biotech Could Play a Big Role in Saving the Planet

New Scientist magazine carried a story in its September “Blueprint for a Better World” edition about how ag biotech can help grow enough food for our ever-expanding population (by 2040 there could well be 9 billion people on the planet) and do it without wreaking more havoc on the planet. Experimental crop plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertiliser. Such crops could reduce both nitrous oxide Read More >

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America’s Food Crisis: Time Magazine Has No Clue

How disappointing to read Bryan Walsh’s uninformed and inaccurate article (“America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It,” August 31, 2009).  Not only is he clueless as to what sustainable agriculture is, he doesn’t even get organic right.  Organic is defined in U.S. law and regulations and does allow the use of chemicals (yes, they tend to be “natural” chemicals, but they are still chemicals.)   Sustainable agriculture also is defined in U.S. law, and the Read More >

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Terminating the Myth—Setting the Record Straight

I was scrolling through a list of blogs that mention genetically modified (GM) foods when a post caught my eye. The post was on a blog called, “Jesus Lives,” and the author of the post, “Prophecy News Watch.” I’m always pleased to see groups discussing GM foods, however I think it’s important to get the facts right, particularly when I came to the following paragraph, “There are other issues — the question of the introduction Read More >

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The Sustainability of Biotechnology

I was reading the blog post, Living Whole Through Sustainable Agriculture, when I came across the blog’s definition of sustainable agriculture: “Sustainable agriculture is not a singular approach to production agriculture, but rather a range of practices–a system– including: integrated pest management, organic farming, crop rotations, crop selection, planting practices that reduce soil erosion.” This needs a little clarification. Sustainable agriculture can certainly include organic farming, but it is not limited to organic cultivation techniques. Read More >

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Biotechnology’s Role in the Fight Against World Hunger

As part of the Administration’s fight against world hunger, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined June 11th seven principles that support sustainable of agriculture in rural areas worldwide.   Speaking at the 2009 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony (see “Ethiopian Scientist Named 2009 World Food Prize Laureate” below), Clinton said the issue of chronic hunger and food security is at the top of the Administration’s agenda. “The effects of chronic hunger cannot be overstated. Hunger is Read More >

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