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The World’s Embrace of Biotechnology

On the eve Valentines Day 2009, it’s appropriate to examine the world’s budding romance with biotechnology.  Ag biotech helps farmers grow heartier, healthier crops in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.  Is it any wonder that we’re seeing the world embrace this science for the promises it holds? The anxiously awaited ISAAA report for 2008 was released this week and its findings show another year of strong growth for agricultural biotechnology around the world.  In Read More >

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Stiffer Penalties for Anti-Biotech Activities

Marie Mason, a radical activist who helped set fire to protest research on biotech crops was sentenced February 6th to nearly 22 years in prison.  Mason was deemed responsible for the explosion and fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to Michigan State University’s Agriculture Hall on New Year’s Eve 1999.  U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said Mason decided to “elevate her grievances beyond the norms of civilized society” through fire and destruction.  Read More >

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Senator Suggests Biotech to Help Combat Hunger, Climate Change

Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) made a science-based plea this week for the international community to embrace agricultural biotechnology as one weapon in the warn against world hunger and climate change.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Senator Lugar is ranking member, held a hearing on January 28th where strategies for addressing global climate change were discussed.  The hearing’s key witness was Former Vice President and climate change expert Al Gore.  Gore’s testimony focused on Read More >

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Biotech Crops Help Improve Soil and Increase Yields

A new study published online in the European Journal of Agronomy shows that when farmers employ no-till farming, meaning they do not disrupt the soil structure with cultivation equipment, and when they allow old plant matter to remain in the field after harvest, soil quality and crop yields are significantly improved. Practices such as no-till farming are a direct result of what is perhaps the best-known agricultural catastrophe for most Americans, the Dust Bowl of Read More >

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