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How Should We Go About Fixing Our Food System From The Ground Up?


“I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them,” states Tamar Haspel in her recent Washington Post piece If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?. In her article, Haspel aims to answer the questions: leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from Read More >

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Deadline for #BIOWC16 Call for Proposals is Fast Approaching!

BIO World Congress

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. The 2016 BIO World Congress will be held April 17-20, 2016 in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center. BIO is currently soliciting a proposal for the event. Leaders from the biotechnology, bioenergy, chemical, consumer products manufacturing, and agricultural industries, as well as academia and financial sectors, Read More >

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The GE Tomato May Make a Return


The FLAVR SAVR tomato was the first genetically engineered crop product to be commercialized. In 1994, Calgene, a California based biotechnology company, brought the this first genetically engineered crop to market. The company’s researchers were able to inhibit a gene that produces a protein that makes a tomato get squishy. The introduction of the FLAVR SAVR tomato into the market created a good deal of controversy and consumer resistance. Much of the hype surrounding genetically altered crops was created Read More >

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Could the SmartLabel Fix the Food Labeling Fight?

Hershey SmartLabel

Food trade journal Sustainable Brands reported on the new SmartLabel introduced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to help meet the public’s desire for more information about food and other products.  Hershey is the first brand to adopt it. Starting in 2016, you’ll see branded products with a smartphone-readable QR code printed on the packaging that will link consumers to websites containing far more information than could ever fit on a product’s packaging — consumers will Read More >

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Spokeswomen Defending Biotechnology

sugar beets

Many consumers are confused, fearful and opposed to the use of biotechnology in food production. As a result, some food companies are removing ingredients derived from biotech seeds, which includes beet sugar. The cause of the problem is that anti-biotech activists have promoted a tremendous amount of misinformation attacking biotech crops for 20 years, without a strong rebuttal by producers and technology providers to counter or challenge them. While there are many elements to addressing Read More >

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