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BIO Applauds Innovative SmartLabel™ to Give Consumers More Information

Food trade media outlets are already buzzing following today’s unveiling by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) of the SmartLabel™, which will allow consumers to find detailed product information by scanning a QR code on a food package, using a web search such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, or visiting the company’s website. GMA reports that more than 30 major companies are already committed to taking part in the transparency initiative. Hershey was the first company Read More >

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Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct

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Thanksgiving is just a day away which means family, football and pie. The typical Thanksgiving feast can include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. However, a recent blog in the National Geographic argues that many of the common Thanksgiving food staples shouldn’t be around today. In“Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct,” Ed Young explains why pumpkin, squashes, gourds, and courgettes shouldn’t exist: These common dinner-table vegetables are all part of a group of plants called Cucurbita, whose wild Read More >

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After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish 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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A Snack and a Science Lesson in One

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Last week freelance science journalist and frequent contributor to Nature Biotechnology Emily Waltz was able to try a bite of the non-browning apple. Along with her children, the group put the genetically modified apples through “a battery of tests to see how child-friendly and tasty they really are.” She blogged about her experience in the NY Times: The apples also gave us an opportunity to talk about what genetic engineering is and where we stand on the Read More >

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