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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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Why Soylent is “Proudly Made with GMOs”

Soylent, a Silicon Valley food startup with a cult following, proudly makes its meal-replacement beverages and powders with genetically modified organisms.  In a detailed blog post complete with scientific references and accompanying charts and graphs, Soylent explains why.  Their report is excerpted below: As a society, we struggle to satisfy the global demand for food. One in nine people across the globe suffer from hunger, and in order to keep pace with the rate of Read More >

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Innovation and Choice: Leading Today’s GMO Conversations

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To commemorate 20 years of biotech innovation, we invited a diverse group of experts in academia, agriculture, science and media to discuss “The Future of GMOs & Their Role in Sustainability.” During the discussion, experts explored the impact of biotechnology and what’s next in the future. Through lively discussion and debate, several key points came to light. Naomi Stevens, global head of Market Acceptance for Seeds at Bayer, notes that the farmers who produce our food Read More >

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Engaging China on Ag Innovation

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Agricultural biotechnology is an important tool that can empower nations – big and small – to modernize their production agriculture systems. As part of today’s Food and Agriculture programming at the BIO International Convention, a panel of experts looked at the question:  How will the economic and political landscapes in the United States and China affect agricultural innovation? In recent years, we have undoubtedly struggled with new challenges in agricultural trade with China, said Matthew O’Mara, BIO’s Read More >

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Science Committee Hearing Examines the “Science of Zika”

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From yellow fever, to dengue fever, to Nile Virus – humans are constantly under siege from new mosquito-transmitted diseases.” – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to examine the science of the Zika virus and the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the disease. During the “Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic,” experts testified on the science Read More >

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