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Genes are Like Recipes

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A common question we hear about biotechnology deals with the actual process of genetic modification: How do we know an inserted gene does only what it is supposed to do?  On our GMO Answers site, Dr. Alan McHughen, a molecular geneticist and professor at the University of California, Riverside, explains that genetic modification works only because all living things use the same genetic language, so a human gene transferred to bacteria will work the same way Read More >

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Cheerios Labeling “Has Emboldened, Not Appeased, Anti-technology Activists”

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There continues to be buzz in the media over General Mills’s January 2 announcement to source its original Cheerios’ tiny amount of sugar and corn starch from non-GMO crops. The Wall Street Journal published this week an op-ed titled, “General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios – by labeling the cereal as non-genetically modified, the company has only emboldened its critics.”Written by Dr. Henry Miller, founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, and Read More >

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Face of a Giant Agribusiness

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One of the more surprising items I saw in the media recently was on the Huffington Post blog. The HuffPost blog promises “fresh takes,” but this outlet is often critical of mainstream agriculture and large-scale food production – ironically, the very essence of how we feed 7 billion people in this world. But this post from Noah Hultgren, a young corn farmer from Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, puts a fresh face on mainstream agriculture and large-scale Read More >

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Labeling Foes: Fight if You Want, But We’ve Got to Feed the World

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There were still millions of votes left to be counted in California when advocates for biotech labeling admitted defeat, but vowed to rise from the ashes and take their fight to the national level. Twenty-four hours had barely gone by when the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee – among others – were reporting that biotech opponents still wanted to fight. The Yes on 37 campaign accused our side of using “dirty money Read More >

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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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