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Coexistence or ‘no’ existence for new high-yielding crops?

Agri-Pulse‘s Sara Wyant wrote an article about the coexistance issue being debated by USDA and advocates of biotech and organic farming: A recent meeting called by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to explore the topic of coexistence for Roundup Ready Alfalfa is raising new concerns about who will have the freedom to plant certain crops in prime growing regions of the United States and whether or not USDA staff is politicizing regulations that are required Read More >

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Wall Street Journal: Ag Department Uproots Science

The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial on December 27 about the USDA’s continuing efforts to shape a coexistence policy: Vilsack seeks out politically congenial scientific opinion If the Obama Administration is trying to lose its antibusiness reputation, you wouldn’t know it from the latest shakedown at the Department of Agriculture. In a move that caused jaws to drop in the farm industry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has invited activists and biotech critics to shape Read More >

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USDA’s Efforts on Coexistence Likely to End in Futility …or Worse

Ag journalist Harry Cline opined in Southwest Farm Press about Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s efforts to enhance coexistence among conventional, organic and biotech farmers:  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at least gets credit for trying to forge a coexistence alliance between those who advocate biotech agriculture and those who do not want any part of it. This lofty goal came out of the recently released USDA-APHIS Environmental Impact Statement to pave the way for resumption Read More >

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Transgenic Crops Contribute to Sustainable Development

The Plant Biotechnology Journal has an article in its January edition on the use of transgenic crops in meeting sustainable development goals. The concept of sustainable development forms the basis for a wide variety of international and national policymaking. World population continues to expand at about 80 M people per year, while the demand for natural resources continues to escalate. Important policies, treaties and goals underpin the notion of sustainable development. In this paper, the authors Read More >

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Biotech Forests Could be an Environmental Blessing

The National Center for Policy Analysis has released a new report on the potential environmental benefits of genetically modified trees.  Genetically modified grains, fruits and vegetables have become ubiquitous on U.S. farms and in supermarkets.  Genetically modified trees could be a boon as well, say Wesley Dwyer, a policy intern, and H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow, with the National Center for Policy Analysis.  If commercialized on a large scale, genetically modified trees would provide Read More >

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