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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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World Food Day 2012: The Role of Agricultural Biotechnology

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As we celebrate Food Day 2012, it seems the debate around agriculture and food production is more contentious than ever.  Instead of celebrating our abilities to provide for seven billion people on our planet in ways that are more sustainable and productive than ever before, there are still some who want to ridicule our modern food production system. Agricultural biotechnology – one of the most basic tools helping us to better feed, fuel and heal Read More >

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“Organic Food Has Almost No Evidence Showing Health Benefits”

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A new study published in this month’s Annals of Internal Medicine comparing organic and conventionally grown food calls into question whether higher-priced of organic foods offer any real benefits. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.  He posted a blog on the recent study on CNN.com:  I like to joke that the Read More >

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“Farmers Need Drought-Resistant Crops”

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Terry Wanzek, ND State Senator and Jamestown farmer authored an editorial on the need for drought resistant crops for Truth About Trade & Technology: More than half of the United States is now suffering through drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Only the droughts of 1934, 1939, and 1954 spread across larger areas. Every plant requires water to grow, but some plants survive with less. The cactus flourishes in hot and dry climates Read More >

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Biotech’s Drought-Tolerant Corn Stands Tall

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As drought conditions worsen across the midwest, drought-tolerant corn products are being put to the test.  Because of that new technology, it isn’t causing all farmers to lose hope in the face of this summer’s drought. For the past several years, seed companies have been developing corn that can survive the dry weather. Now some of those crops are actually in the ground and farmers are waiting to see just how well they grow. “I Read More >

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