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Biotech Crops Are Winning Over Farmers

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Fortune magazine’s Marc Gunther wrote a blog this week about the growing adoption of  biotech crops and the debate over their use: The debate over biotech crops has become predictable. In his 2012 annual letter from the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, who has a near-religious faith in technology and innovation, argues that an “extremely important revolution” in plant science, i.e., genetically-engineered crops, can help farmers in poor countries by giving them access to new varieties Read More >

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Bill Gates: Embrace Genetic Modification or Starve

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Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger are too expensive or bad for the environment:  Countries can embrace modern seed technology and genetic modification or their citizens will starve. When he was in high school in the 1960s, people worried there wouldn’t be enough food to feed the world, Gates recalled in his fourth annual letter, which was published online on January 24 and reported Read More >

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For Preventing Hunger, Biotechnology is Key

Calestous Juma

The journal Nature recently published an article authored by Calestous Juma, director of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. To survive the droughts, wars and other major causes of famine, Africa must embrace technologies that enable it to produce more, better food with less effort. Juma argues, “if African countries can’t plant genetically modified crops to produce more and healthier food, vulnerable populations will be at risk.” Indeed, without the Read More >

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Future Requires Both Innovation and Collaboration

Paul Schickler DuPont

The Wilmington News Journal’s recent article, “GMOs: 10 Simple Questions (and Some Surprising Answers)” garnered a lot of attention on both sides of the debate around biotech foods.  Among the responses, a thoughtful piece authored by Pioneer Hi-Bred president Paul Schickler was published in the paper’s Sunday edition: Biotech crops are perhaps the most stringently regulated aspect of agriculture – held to the highest level of analysis and scrutiny. They are regulated by three federal Read More >

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Biotech by the Numbers: 7 Billion, 3 Billion, and 150

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This week we’ve seen a lot of big numbers in the news headlines:  7 Billion, 3 Billion, and 150.  What is special about these numbers?  These three numbers actually tell a very compelling story about the importance of agricultural biotechnology. On Sunday, October 30, our world’s seventh billion person was born.  In the UK newspapers the Telegraph and the Independent, science editor Michael Hanlon explains the challenges facing “baby seven billion,” Manila’s Danica May Camacho. Read More >

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