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Once Again Greenpeace is in the Hotseat!

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Do you remember in 2013 when a large group of angry farmers attacked and destroyed a field trial of genetically modified rice in the Philippines? It made headlines across the globe because GM rice has shown to have the potential to reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in many children living in the developing world. We later learned that these attackers weren’t all farmers but in fact were mostly Greenpeace activists. Ironic since Greenpeace’s motto is to “change attitudes and Read More >

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March is National Nutrition Month!

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National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our Read More >

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BIO Celebrates National Rice Month with Golden Rice!

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September is National Rice Month! To celebrate, BIO wanted to to highlight the amazing and lifesaving biofortified crop, Golden Rice. Golden Rice is a genetically modified rice plant that produces and accumulates provitamin A (β-carotene) in the grain, something that doesn’t happen in naturally occurring rice plants. According to UNICEF, the estimated number of children deaths precipitated worldwide by vitamin A deficiency (VAD) every year lies at 1.15 million. Many more show VAD-related syndromes, among them loss of sight Read More >

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Inventors of Life-Saving Golden Rice Receive Prestigious Patents for Humanitarian Award

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On Monday, April 21, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the recipients of the 2015 Patents for Humanity Award.  Among the winners, scientists from the Golden Rice Project were honored with a humanitarian award for their work in developing a food that could save the lives of millions around the world. Dr. Adrian Dubock, who as a former scientist at the agro-chemicals company Syngenta, helped Read More >

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How Genetics Can Help Solve World Hunger

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Forbes’ Jessica Dean did a well thought out piece on the accomplishments achieved by Dr. Pamela Ronald, plant pathology professor at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Pamela Ronald is also the Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation at the University of California, Davis and serves as Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville, California. Dr. Ronald’s is best known for her contribution to engineering rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten Read More >

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