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Why Biotech Food Labeling Is Met with Resistance

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In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of new discussion around the biotech labeling debate.  On May 10, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) released its latest “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey, which showed that very few Americans cite biotechnology as an information need on food labels. Earlier this month, the California Right to Know initiative announced at various rallies held around the state that it had collected the prerequisite number of signatures to Read More >

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When Did Tree Huggers Become Tree Haters?

Vandals destroped genetically engineered pine trees in New Zealand.

As we celebrate Arbor Day 2012, I want to personally chew out any of the “activist” ilk whose agendas are so extreme, it results in destruction.  I’m talking about eco-terrorism, agri-terrorism, crop vandalism, etc. – basically, killing trees and plants. This destruction becomes especially horrific when it kills not only the plants and trees themselves, but holds back research and scientific progress aimed and healing, fueling and feeding the world. In recent weeks, The New Read More >

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Food Crisis Requires “an End to Political Grandstanding”

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Nature Biotechnology published an editorial in their March edition in which they state that averting a global food crisis will require the deconstruction of several hurdles to the deployment of new strategies in plant breeding. Last October, just 12 years after the 6 billionth person was born, the United Nations declared that 7 billion people now inhabit the earth. Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished. Read More >

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Building a Better Cherry Blossom

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The March 22 edition of the Huffington Post features a USDA video about DC’s famous cherry trees and what’s being done to improve them. The video features United States Department of Agriculture research geneticist Margaret Pooler, who says that scientists are now looking for ways to make cherry trees hardier – including breeding and developing trees that are disease resistant and that are well-suited for city environments. The brief video explains the origin of DC’s Read More >

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Programming Updates to the 2012 BIO International Convention

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With Convention less than four months away, things are quickly falling in to place with several programming updates to note! A total of 115 breakout sessions have been confirmed and scheduled, including 18 international case studies.  Session organizers are currently finalizing speakers.  All session descriptions and confirmed speakers are available on myBIO. Even after all of the session submissions work, we asked for more session ideas! We recently completed a call for “Late-Breaking” sessions in Read More >

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