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Bzzz Bzzz: It’s National #PollinatorWeek!

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Nine years ago the U.S. Senate designated a week in June to recognize and address the urgent issue of rapidly declining pollinator populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior has officially proclaimed that this week, June 20-26, is designated as National Pollinator Week for 2016! To celebrate, the USDA is hosting its seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival this Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The festival highlights Read More >

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The One-Sided Valentine to the Anti-GMO Movement

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The Huffington Post recently posted a blog countering Newsweek‘s piece “Glyphosate Now the Most-Used Agricultural Chemical Ever.”   The blog was titled Newsweek’s One-Sided Valentine to the Anti-GMO Movement and was authored by Julie Kelly and Amy Porterfield Levy. Julie is a cooking teacher, food policy writer in Orland Park, IL and has been published in the WSJ, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, National Review and The Hill. Amy is a mother, writer, and activist. This note worthy blog is worth taking Read More >

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What the Risk-Monger Had to Say about GMOs

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I recently attended a presentation by David Zaruk, who is better known as the Risk-Monger. His remarks and insight were so helpful that I felt it was worth sharing with the BIOtechNow audience. For those who are unfamiliar, David Zaruk has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. He has been involved and active in such EU policy events as REACH and SCALE to the Pesticides Directive, and Science in Society questions to the use of the Precautionary Principle. Read More >

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GMO Answers Celebrates #NationalHoneybeeDay

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In recognition of the crucial role that honey bees play in pollinating agricultural crops, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially declared in August, 2009 that August 22 would become National Honey Bee Awareness Day. National Honey Bee Awareness Day was started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry. Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value and is an essential component of the production of more Read More >

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Academics Weigh In on Journal Article: “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”

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An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by biotech critics Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook condemns the use of GMO crops and herbicides.  Ultimately, the authors offer a pair of personal recommendations calling for the EPA to delay its permit for Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D; and urging for the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Push back on the article and Landrigan’s and Benbrook’s recommendations has been Read More >

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