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BIO Celebrates National Rice Month with Golden Rice!

Golden Rice

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

Golden Rice

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

Dr. Pamela Ronald

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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GMO Answers Highlights the Potential of GM Varieties for non-GM Commodity Crops

GMO Answers

Each week in February, GMO Answers highlighted a different commodity crop, its role in agricultural production and its relationship to biotechnology and GMOs. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 looked at corn, soybean and cotton.  Week 4 explored a few commodity crops that are non-GM, including cassava, peanuts and rice, and the potential for GM varieties of these crops. Cassava Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, provides basic sustenance for over half a billion people…According to a study Read More >

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Despite Opposition from the Scientific Community, Efforts to Label GMOs Continue

Ag Biotech: Going on the Offense

The editors of Scientific American™ have notably compiled several firm arguments to counter support for labeling of foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  In their recent editorial titled, Label for GMO Foods Are a Bad Idea, Scientific American™ has successfully demonstrated how GMO labeling limits consumer choice, how foods containing GM ingredients can provide consumers with vital nutrients and how GMOs can be less costly to their conventional counterparts.  Here is a sample of Read More >

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