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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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The New York Times Weighs in on Golden Rice Destruction

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Amy Harmon wrote for the New York Times about the August 8 attack and destruction of the genetically modified Golden Rice fields in the Bicol region of the Philippines: Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety Read More >

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When Crop Vandalism Kills Children…

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In the days following the senseless destruction of Golden Rice field trials in the Philippines that occurred earlier this month, there has been much response on social media and in the blogosphere. “Our Golden Rice research is part of our humanitarian work to reduce vitamin A deficiency that mostly affects women and children – causing sickness, blindness, and even death,” said Dr. Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general of communications and partnerships at the International Rice Read More >

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Have Questions About GMOs? We Know How to Get the Answers.

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The ag biotech community – companies, scientists, health experts, farmers, industry organizations – have come together launching a new initiative to provide accurate information and answer the toughest questions about GMOs and how our food is grown. GMO Answers (www.GMOAnswers.com) is a new conversation, public Q&A, and central online resource for information on GMOs, their background, use in agriculture, and research and data in one easy-to-access public resource for the first time. “Food is personal, Read More >

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10 Reasons We Need Crop Biotechnology and GM Foods

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“The web has become a sewer channeling scare mongering about crop biotechnology,” says Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project (GLP), and a senior fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication and STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) at George Mason University. “We at the GLP have come to think that anti-biotech campaigners do not respond well to reasoned discussion and complex logic,” says Entine.  So, the GLP is launching a new project:  Read More >

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