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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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Feeding the World Requires Science and Technology

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the world needs to boost agriculture production by 60 percent to meet its estimated food needs over the coming decades. This is not a new concern for the world agriculture and food production community.  On October 30, 2011, our world’s seventh billion person was born.  Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished, according to the United Nations.  Read More >

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Will We Ever Have Genetically Modified Meat?

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Currently, there are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption on the market, reports Popular Science. As you might have guessed, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology or safety; it’s because of the politics. GM foods are deeply unpopular as of now, and GM food animals are especially so. After reading an article concerning GM animals from The Scientist showing how effective they can be, Read More >

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GMO Labeling Wack-a-Mole: Oregon and Colorado Consider Ballot Initiatives

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As many state legislatures have concluded their sessions, one might think the debate around GMO labeling legislation would fade. But now, new ballot initiatives are raising their heads. Backers of a state-wide initiative in Oregon that would require labels for foods containing GMOs turned in more than 155,000 signatures last week, virtually guaranteeing a spot on the November ballot. Likewise in Colorado, a labeling proponent group has gathered at least 75,000 signatures, nearing the 86,105 Read More >

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