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USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop

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On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

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For the Holidays: Change Your Beliefs Around GMOs

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Recently re-published by AgriPulse, three renowned guest authors wrote a great opinion piece in the Des Moines Register on the beliefs and narratives around GMOs and organic food. The authors include Nina Fedoroff, Ph.D., a plant biologist who has served as science and technology adviser to the secretary of state from 2007-10, Ken Cassman, Ph.D., an international agronomist at the University of Nebraska, and Marshall Matz, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee specializing in nutrition and food security.  In their Read More >

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“Organic Food Has Almost No Evidence Showing Health Benefits”

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A new study published in this month’s Annals of Internal Medicine comparing organic and conventionally grown food calls into question whether higher-priced of organic foods offer any real benefits. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.  He posted a blog on the recent study on CNN.com:  I like to joke that the Read More >

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More on Organic Myths…

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When we featured an excerpt from Scientific American’s blogpost “Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional”, and linked to the full article, we received a LOT of feedback!  Thanks to everyone for their comments. Blogger Christie Wilcox apparently received a lot of mail about this post as well.  So much so, that Wilcox is staunchly defending her position with a more detailed explanation, complete with scientific cites and footnoted references to back up her claims.  Read More >

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The Sustainability of Biotechnology

I was reading the blog post, Living Whole Through Sustainable Agriculture, when I came across the blog’s definition of sustainable agriculture: “Sustainable agriculture is not a singular approach to production agriculture, but rather a range of practices–a system– including: integrated pest management, organic farming, crop rotations, crop selection, planting practices that reduce soil erosion.” This needs a little clarification. Sustainable agriculture can certainly include organic farming, but it is not limited to organic cultivation techniques. Read More >

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