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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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USDA Illuminates the Economic Benefits of Moving Toward a Biobased Economy

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“A bioeconomy is one based on the use of research and innovation in the biological sciences to create economic activity and public benefit.” - White House (2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced the release of a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.  The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created by the USDA as a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred Read More >

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