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Science vs Brainwashing – Climate change a challenge also for plant breeding

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Jens Katzek Policy decisions should be made on the basis of three principles:  Science, science and  – no surprise – science. This was the primary take home message from the “Leadership Summit on Climate Change” on Monday afternoon May, 3rd. The speakers came from a thrilling mix different experiences. Roger Beachy, now Read More >

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Biofuels Done Right?

Images from the “slow-motion catastrophe” that began last week 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana brought to mind a bit of sarcasm I offered to a colleague almost exactly a year ago. The NRDC was running the below ad on Capitol Hill, saying, “Biofuels. If we’re going to use them, let’s do it right,” with a picture of the deforestation that many assumed would occur from use of biofuels. My facetious idea was to Read More >

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Biotechnology Makes Agricultural Production More Earth-Friendly

Greener Farming Means Cleaner Air, Water, Land and Energy Despite the current and predicted agricultural challenges posed by climate change and increased demands on farmland and natural resources, farmers around the world are able to practice Earth-friendly farming thanks to agricultural biotechnology.  In celebration of Earth Day 2010, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is increasing awareness of the many environmental benefits provided by biotech crops, trees and genetically engineered animals. Biotechnology provides tools and technologies Read More >

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Fear of Science Will Kill Us

CNN carried on its web page this week a “Ted Talk” video that features author Michael Specter speaking positively about biotech products and about the public fear of science.  Specter is staff writer at The New Yorker, and author of the book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.  TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” hosts talks on many subjects and makes them available through Read More >

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Ways and Means Should Include Job Creation of Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts in Green Jobs Leg

On Wednesday, April 14 the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on Energy Tax Incentives Driving the Green Job Economy. The focus of the hearing is to examine the effectiveness of current energy tax policy and identify additional steps that the Committee can take to ensure continued job growth in this area while at the same time advancing national energy policy focus on a discussion of current and proposed energy tax incentives. Read More >

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