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The Apple is “Now Better Thanks to Genetic Modification”

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In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal discusses whether or not the recently USDA approved genetically engineered apple, Arctic® Apple, and potato, Innate™ potato, can win customers amid fear and loathing from interest groups that sow distrust of genetically modified foods, or GMOs. …Arctic and Innate are among the first genetically modified foods pitched in part to consumers, rather than directly to farmers dealing with drought or pests. Like all genetically engineered foods, they’ve undergone extensive safety testing. Arctic apples could help grocery stores Read More >

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Agricultural Coexistence: We All Can Get Along

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On March 12-13, 2015, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance the understanding of agricultural coexistence. Coexistence is not a safety issue. Agricultural Coexistence is the practice of concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and farmer choices. The Workshop will discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders. It Read More >

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The Administration Focuses on Improving Food Safety

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The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency that would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services and serve as the primary voice on food safety standards and compliance with those standards. The Agency would be named the Food Safety Administration, the Obama administration said in its new budget request. The New York Times covered the story here: …At least 15 government agencies — from the Environmental Protection Agency to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — have Read More >

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USDA Deregulates Non-Browning Apples

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Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection announced its decision to deregulate two varieties of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF)’s specialty non-browning apples. APHIS is taking this action based on a final plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) that finds the GE apples are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and other plants in the United States. APHIS also completed an environmental assessment (EA) to comply with the Read More >

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USDA Approves the Next Generation Potato for Commercial Planting

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A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. Such publications as the New York Times, The Packer, and the Capital Press covered the recent announcement by the USDA to deregulate J.R. Simplot Company’s Innate™ potatoes.   Andy Pollack of the New York Times reported that the new potato resists browning and bruising which Read More >

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