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2014 World Food Prize Honors Critical Breakthroughs in Wheat

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on June 18 the selection of eminent wheat breeder, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. The World Food Prize highlights the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The New York Times Weighs in on Golden Rice Destruction

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Amy Harmon wrote for the New York Times about the August 8 attack and destruction of the genetically modified Golden Rice fields in the Bicol region of the Philippines: Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety Read More >

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When Crop Vandalism Kills Children…

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In the days following the senseless destruction of Golden Rice field trials in the Philippines that occurred earlier this month, there has been much response on social media and in the blogosphere. “Our Golden Rice research is part of our humanitarian work to reduce vitamin A deficiency that mostly affects women and children – causing sickness, blindness, and even death,” said Dr. Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general of communications and partnerships at the International Rice Read More >

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