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Why GMOs Are a Necessity

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After 20 years, the data are in:  Genetic modification boosts crop yields by 21 percent and cuts pesticides by 37 percent.  The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed authored by Rob Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Monsanto, on how GMO’s benefit farmers and the environment: Genetically modified crops, which have generated both controversy and widespread adoption, are hitting 20-year milestones. Perhaps the anniversary slipped your mind, but 1997 was a dark Read More >

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GMOs: A Good Deal for the Environment and the Developing World

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GMOs help feed our growing population and reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture. Therefore, it’s important to set the record straight when it comes to the safety and environmental benefits of GMOs. A new post on the GMO Answers blog at Forbes.com explains why GMOs matter, especially to people in the developing world, and to the environment worldwide.  Cornell University professors David R. Just, Ph.D. and Harry M. Kaiser write: Close to a billion people Read More >

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Trust the Science, Not the Food Fad

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Multiple surveys and polls reveal most people know very little about GMOs, causing them to buy into expensive food fads. We’ve published a piece on the GMO Answers Forbes blog by Robert Wager, from Vancouver Island University, and Terry Daynard, farmer and former associate dean at University of Guelph, entitled, “GMOs: Trust The Science, Not The Food Fad.” Instead of focusing on what’s on the label, Robert and Terry urge consumers to understand what they Read More >

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Jeffrey Smith: “Our ultimate goal, to eliminate GMOs”

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A post on the Food Science Institute blog details how anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith admits that his goal was never to give consumers more information about GMOs through a mandatory labeling program. Referencing Presidential action on Friday, July 29 – when President Obama signed into law S. 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard – Smith says: “Although this is clearly a defeat in our campaigns Read More >

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Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration; Why we often hate new stuff

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Humans have a habit of stalling their own progress, writes Steven Overly for The Washington Post. From coffee to mechanical refrigeration to genetically altered food, history is littered with innovations that sparked resistance before becoming fixtures in everyday life. In hindsight, opposition to innovations such as mechanical farm equipment or recorded music may seem ludicrous. But the past 600 years of human history help explain why humans often oppose new technologies and why that pattern Read More >

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