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We’ve Just Planted the World’s 5-Billionth Acre of GM Crops

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The world’s farmers have passed a remarkable milestone: We’ve just planted the world’s 5-billionth acre of genetically modified crops. We don’t know exactly where it happened or even on what day it occurred. But we know that it must have taken place this spring, probably in the northern hemisphere, according to statistics maintained by the Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade & Technology), which has tracked the global planting and harvesting of these remarkable Read More >

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NAS Report Upholds Safety of GE Crops and Foods

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“Sweeping statements about GE crops are problematic because issues related to them are multidimensional” – The NAS Committee on GE Crops On May 17, 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its nearly 400 page report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, which examined a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food. The NAS Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops Read More >

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8 Biggest Debates in American Food Policy

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It turns out that figuring out how we should grow, sell, and tax our food is one of the most heated debates in America.  In partnership with Pace University, Grist recently published a great piece summarizing the eight biggest debates in American food policy. While we provide some highlights below, we encourage you to read the article in its entirety” 1. Soda taxes “Obesity is one of the biggest health epidemics America faces today…The idea Read More >

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What’s Really at the Heart of the Debate About GMOS?

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Is science really at the heart of the GMO debate, or is there something else perpetuating the deep divisions on these issues? In a column at Forbes.com, Kate Hall, managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson, explores this question as she reflects on Scientific American’s forum, “Lost in Translation: Is Science Explained Fairly in the Media.” Hall contends that an individual’s perception of the scientific consensus and their cultural predispositions Read More >

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You Can Thank GMOs for Lower Prices at the Grocery Store

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Our new column over at Forbes.com explains just how genetically modified foods can benefit society, and your pocketbook. There are many factors that determine the price of the food in your grocery store: demand, weather, global markets, food quality, pests/disease control, regulation, transportation, and labor costs, just to name a few. Whenever farmers can control one of these factors, the more beneficial it is to the consumer. And genetically modified (GM) crops allow farmers to Read More >

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