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GM Crops Help Ensure Global Food Security Through Higher Crop Yields

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Today, BIO announced that PG Economics has released its report  “GM Crops: Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2013.” According to the report the economic benefits for farmers who use genetically modified (GM) seeds amounted to an average of more than $122/hectare in 2013. “In 2013, the 18th year of widespread adoption of crops using biotechnology innovations, the technology has continued to provide more productive agriculture, higher incomes to farmers and a better environment for citizens. A majority Read More >

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Was the Sweet Potato a Natural GMO?

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NPR recently reported that the first genetically modified crop wasn’t made by a megacorporation or or a college scientist trying to design a more durable tomato. It was actually modified by nature. According to NPR, Scientists at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, have found genes from bacteria in 291 sweet potato varieties, including ones grown in the U.S., Indonesia, China, parts of South America and Africa. The findings suggest bacteria inserted the genes into Read More >

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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

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Why do some push for the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Let’s ask an even bigger question. Why do people dislike the technology in general? Honestly, I think the answer is unknown and if you ask a person who doesn’t like the technology they may not know their reason either. The Trends in Plant Science Journal looked to answer the question “why do so many people oppose genetically modified organisms, or GMOs?” According to a new paper forthcoming in Read More >

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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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Why the Founder of the Anti-GMO Movement Converted to the Side of Science

Mark Lynas

Mark Lynas is a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and the author, most recently, of “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” Lynas is a British environmentalist and author who once founded the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid 1990s. However, in early 2013, this all changed when he publicly denounced his position during a now-infamous speech at the Oxford Farming Conference: “I apologize for having spent Read More >

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