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Honeybees, Butterflies, and Pesticides

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Honeybees and butterflies occupy a sensitive space in many peoples’ hearts, and it is no question that there is a call to action to help restore populations. Lawmakers and scientists are working on ways to restore the natural habitats of these pollinators; however, decisions should be dictated by scientific facts and not emotions. Sue McCrum, the President of American Agri-Women (AAW), recently released an opinion piece in response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy Read More >

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The Incentive to Beat Climate Change

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On May 27th, Rick Duke, deputy director for climate change at the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, spoke on the important role that the agriculture industry will play in the coming years for reducing U.S. greenhouse emissions. By 2025, Duke stated that the industry itself could contribute a 2% cut in gas emissions and enhance carbon storage equivalent to about 120 million metric tons of CO2. Andrew Restuccia of PoliticoPro covered Dukes’ Read More >

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Biobased Products Offer the World a Promising Solution: Petroleum Products Caught Off-Guard

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It takes 450 years, almost half of a century, for a plastic bottle to decompose. In 2012 about 32 million tons of plastic garbage was collected of which only nine percent was recycled. Through industrial biotechnology, innovators are creating greener alternatives to consumer and personal care products that are commonly made using petroleum. In their article, Biobased products popping up throughout the economy, Agri-Pulse highlights how biobased products are rising in popularity and provides several examples Read More >

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Is a National Fund to Promote Organic Produce a Good Idea?

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Slate recently posted an interesting discussion about the Organic Trade Associations’ requested check-off program. “Checkoff” programs are essentially taxes that farmers pay to a national fund, the revenue from which is used to promote (“market”) the consumption of commodities like pork, beef, eggs, and milk. Checkoff programs’ activities can take the form of generic advertising campaigns, or they can look more like political lobbying. According to Slate, this tax may now be extended to the organic Read More >

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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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