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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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Delicious Irony: What If Biotech Crops Actually Helped Organic?

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A lot has been written about the “battle” between biotech and organic.  Organic proponents claim biotech is a big evil – complicated technology invented by large-scale corporate agriculture to takeover farming as we know it.  Meanwhile, biotech proponents struggle to explain the science, promote the technology’ benefits and promises, and insist that biotech is key to feeding the world. Hank Campbell of Science2.0 and Alex Berezow of RealClearScience put a new spin on this debate Read More >

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