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Biotech’s Drought-Tolerant Corn Stands Tall

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As drought conditions worsen across the midwest, drought-tolerant corn products are being put to the test.  Because of that new technology, it isn’t causing all farmers to lose hope in the face of this summer’s drought. For the past several years, seed companies have been developing corn that can survive the dry weather. Now some of those crops are actually in the ground and farmers are waiting to see just how well they grow. “I Read More >

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Prop 37 Promises to Rattle the Entire U.S. Food Chain

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Debate continues on whether or not the labeling of foods derived from biotechnology is needed or helpful.  In a report for the Los Angeles Times, reporter Marc Lifscher puts the issue in context.  As the fight over genetically engineered foods heads for the ballot box, government and academic experts still struggle to find reason in this debate: California could become the first state to require labels on genetically modified, or GMO, food products as parties on both Read More >

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Biotech’s Improved Apple

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There’s a lot of buzz right now over the new “Arctic Apple,” genetically engineered to resist browning due to cutting, biting and bruising.   The Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) are exactly like a conventional apple in every way, except for its improved trait, that will – hopefully – increase apple consumption and popularity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently Read More >

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Biotech Food Labeling: Can Common Sense Prevail in Congress?

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Terry Wanzek, North Dakota State Senator and farmer wrote an editorial for Truth About Trade & Technology about the continuing biotech labeling debate and efforts to inject anti-technology legislation into the Farm Bill: “The U.S. Senate wisely voted down a bad amendment to the Farm Bill last week, meaning that consumers won’t see their food bills skyrocket for no worthwhile reason.  So that’s good news.  Yet this is Washington, D.C., where the threat of harmful Read More >

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AMA: “No Scientific Justification for Special Labeling of Bioengineered Foods”

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Concurrent to the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, the American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting its 161st annual meeting in Chicago during which the group discussed the issue of mandatory labeling of biotech food products.  During the AMA meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a formal statement in opposition to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered, or bioengineered, foods. (Note: the organization did not consider or take a position on the California food Read More >

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