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Is India’s Government an Obstacle to Economic Progress?

The Wall Street Journal ran another opinion piece on March 8 on the continuing biotech eggplant controversy.  This time, Mr. Gurcharan Das, author and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, writes “despite 18 years of economic reform. If anything holds India back from realizing its true potential, it is weak institutions of governance.” Nowhere is this heartbreaking truth clearer than in the tale of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company. The development of biotech eggplant was Read More >

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Why Is India Shunning Safer Food?

The Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition published an opinion piece on March 3 authored by C. Kameswara Rao on the ongoing debate in India over biotech eggplant.  Mr. Rao is the Executive Secretary of the Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education in Bangalore. Rao writes, “One thing’s for sure: The moratorium on genetically modified eggplant wasn’t a decision based on science…There’s a certain irony that while this week the European Union overcame over a decade Read More >

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Stopping Hunger Through Biotechnology

By 2050, the world population will surge to 9 Billion, and feeding that growing population is a challenge that drives the global biotech community every day. In a world where already 1 Billion people suffer from hunger, we cannot let up in our efforts to develop and implement new, more sustainable agricultural practices. That was the message of the February 12th event titled, “Now Serving: 9 Billion”, where a panel of international experts discussed biotechnology Read More >

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Expert Panel: Future of Ag Productivity Depends on Technology

An eminent panel of science and policy experts braved a historic blizzard today to identify solutions for the greatest agricultural challenges of all time.  The global dialogue comes in response to a final call for action from the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, to feed the world and improve the lives of farmers, all while preserving natural resources. “Now Serving: 9 Billion:  A Global Dialogue on Meeting Food Needs for the Next Generation” highlighted Read More >

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What exactly are the “risks” anyway?

Wired Magazine columnist Matt Ridley writes a piece for its February magazine that makes a strong case for the global adoption of biotechnology and criticizes the European Union for its “protectionist” policies regarding biotech products.  As with all protectionism, it is the consumer who suffers most. British groceries rose in price over the past few years while American groceries fell in price. A big reason is that British food producers are not allowed to use Read More >

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