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Food Crisis Requires “an End to Political Grandstanding”

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Nature Biotechnology published an editorial in their March edition in which they state that averting a global food crisis will require the deconstruction of several hurdles to the deployment of new strategies in plant breeding. Last October, just 12 years after the 6 billionth person was born, the United Nations declared that 7 billion people now inhabit the earth. Of these 7 billion, close to a billion are chronically undernourished and another billion are malnourished. Read More >

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Building a Better Cherry Blossom

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The March 22 edition of the Huffington Post features a USDA video about DC’s famous cherry trees and what’s being done to improve them. The video features United States Department of Agriculture research geneticist Margaret Pooler, who says that scientists are now looking for ways to make cherry trees hardier – including breeding and developing trees that are disease resistant and that are well-suited for city environments. The brief video explains the origin of DC’s Read More >

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Shoppers Already Have a Choice Regarding Biotech Foods

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Food Chemical News (an Agra Informa publication) ran a thorough editorial in its February 17 edition on the biotech food labeling debate. In this piece, Gregory Conko, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why it would be unnecessary to require special labeling for foods containing biotech ingredients: “Today, there are many thousands of affirmatively labeled, non-biotech foods available in stores as varied as Whole Foods Markets and Wal-Mart. “From just 2000 to Read More >

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Honoring George Washington Carver’s Contributions to Today’s Bioeconomy

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we should take time to recognize the contributions made by George Washington Carver and understand their relevance to today’s development of the bioeconomy. Carver was one of the founding fathers of the “chemurgy” movement, the branch of applied chemistry that derives industrial products from agricultural raw materials and the predecessor of modern industrial biotechnology.   BIO’s George Washington Carver Award Carver, born into slavery in Missouri in 1861, left Read More >

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Biotech Crops Are Winning Over Farmers

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Fortune magazine’s Marc Gunther wrote a blog this week about the growing adoption of  biotech crops and the debate over their use: The debate over biotech crops has become predictable. In his 2012 annual letter from the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, who has a near-religious faith in technology and innovation, argues that an “extremely important revolution” in plant science, i.e., genetically-engineered crops, can help farmers in poor countries by giving them access to new varieties Read More >

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