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World Food Prize Honors Ag Biotech Pioneers

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A trio of scientists specializing in agricultural biotechnology will receive the 2013 World Food Prize, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today. Mary-Dell Chilton, Robert T. Fraley and Marc Van Montagu, all pioneers in the science of agricultural biotechnology, have helped lead a global agricultural transformation through scientific research and advocacy for modern farming practices. “These individuals have dedicated their lives to scientific discovery and feeding the world,” said BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Read More >

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Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Time Magazine Modifies the Endless Debate Over GM Crops

Bryan Walsh wrote for Time magazine about the so-called “obsession” surrounding genetically modified (GM) crops: “To environmentalist opponents, GM foods are simply evil, an understudied, possibly harmful tool used by big agribusiness to control global seed markets and crush local farmers. They argue that GM foods have never delivered on their supposed promise, that money spent on GM crops would be better funneled to organic farming and that consumers should be protected with warning labels Read More >

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Bringing Biotech to Boats at BIO World Congress

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At the 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal next month you’ll be able to see a Campion boat on the exhibit show floor. “What will a boat be doing on the show floor of an industrial biotech conference?” you may ask. Well, this isn’t just any boat. Two companies, Ashland and Campion, have teamed up to build better boats with bio-resins. Ashland is a specialty chemicals company that believes in the power of chemistry Read More >

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“Time to Call out the Anti-GMO Conspiracy Theory”

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In a speech last week at Cornell University on anti-GMO conspiracy theory, Mark Lynas told audiences “millions, possibly billions, of people have come to believe what is essentially a conspiracy theory, generating fear and misunderstanding about a whole class of technologies on an unprecedentedly global scale.” Formerly a devout anti-GMO activist himself, Lynas said his activism, “which I wrongly thought of at the time as being ‘environmental’, has done real damage in the world… I Read More >

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Think Organic Farming is Better for the Environment? Think Again.

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The eighth annual Global Impacts Study released this week by PG Economics quantifies the environmental benefits gained from the use of biotech crops. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of chemical insecticides with biotech crops,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture. “Since 1996 and the advent of agricultural biotechnology, farmers growing these crops have switched to more benign herbicides to help control weeds.” Enright adds, “The shift Read More >

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