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Why State Food Labeling Mandates Are Bad For Consumers and Farmers

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

Hundreds of food and agri-business representatives are in Washington this week visiting with members of the Senate to talk about biotechnology, GMOs, and food labels.  Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains in The Hill why the Senate needs to act soon to pass a federal GMO food labeling bill: There is a growing anxiety among American farmers, manufacturers and shoppers about confusing and expensive changes coming soon to store shelves unless Read More >

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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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Summer Potpourri

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Hard to believe that Labor Day is behind us and that some leaves are already changing colors.  It seems like just yesterday that summer started but the reality is that watching football and picking out Halloween costumes will soon replace treks to the pool and beach. The unofficial end of summer, however, is a great excuse to recap the most notable agricultural biotechnology related public policy actions over the last two and half months – Read More >

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Could GMOs Save Endangered Plants and Animals?

Restoring the American Chestnut, GE Trees

According to Biologist William Powell, the answer is yes. Dr. Powell says that the best way to revive the American chestnut tree, one of the most common trees in the country until a fungal blight effectively erased it from the landscape, could be genetic engineering. “I think if we can’t get this tree deregulated and out in a restoration program, you’re not going to get any genetically engineered tree out,” says Powell, co-director with forest Read More >

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Orange You Glad We Have Biotech?

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Down in the “Sunshine State,” Florida- grown citrus fruits are under attack—and biotechnology is their knight in shining armor. Citrus greening disease, discovered in 2005, is the most devastating citrus disease. By 2008, it had spread to all of the counties in Florida where citrus was grown. The disease is caused by the bacteria huanglongbing (HLB). It clogs the plant’s nutrient transport system, the phloem, so it cannot transport or absorb nutrients which are needed Read More >

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