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Purdue Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Hurt Environment

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A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on Read More >

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Can Technology Drive New Spurt in Agricultural Productivity?

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Rapid increases in productivity have more than doubled U.S. agricultural output since the end of World War II, allowing food production to keep pace with or exceed population growth. AgriPulse recently published a piece that takes a look at weather or not agricultural productivity gains can be sustained or even enhanced with application of new technologies in the short term. An excerpt of the article can be found here: …USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has been explaining to several Read More >

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Unrealistic Assumptions Lead to Unsustainable Results for Corn Stover

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There is a growing body of independent research reporting the results of practical field trials for corn stover harvesting, switchgrass production, and other sources of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. This research has led to guidelines and measurement tools for sustainably harvesting crop residues, in order to ensure soil health. The main point of this decade-old area of research is to help farmers know their fields and to engage in sustainable harvesting practices. Companies planning to Read More >

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EPA’s Proposed Rule for the 2014 RFS Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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What Environmental Working Group Doesn’t Want You to Know On Friday March 28, the Environmental Working Group posted what they imagine to be a scathing critique of a recently published study, authored by BIO, of the greenhouse gas emissions impact of EPA’s proposal to reduce biofuel use in 2014. (See Corn Is Magic? on the EWG.org site). It’s clear that the author never actually read our study, since her commentary has nothing to do with Read More >

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Final Notes from BIO's World Congress

On June 29 at BIO’s World Congress, Steen Riisgaard, CEO of Novozymes, and Stephen Tanda, Board Member of Royal DSM N.V., released a report from the World Economic Forum on The Future of Industrial Biorefineries. The report says that a biorefinery value chain could create revenue for agricultural inputs ($15 billion US), for biomass production ($89 billion), for biomass trading ($30 billion), for biorefining inputs ($10 billion), for biorefining fuels ($80 billion), for bioplastics ($6 Read More >

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