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CDC’s Frieden: Private Sector Stepping up to Combat Zika, Congress Should Too

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Writing at the White House blog, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says his colleagues working in the CDC’s birth defect center tell him they’ve never seen such cause for alarm. “It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve discovered a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we seen this result from a mosquito bite.” While you can avoid travel to areas where Zika is spreading [map], there is no vaccine Read More >

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White House Debating Just How “Hard to Poke” Xi

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

Barack Obama and his advisers are debating just how hard to poke Chinese President Xi Jinping when the Chinese leader arrives for a state visit Thursday, according Joseph Marks, Jason Huffman, Bill Tomson, Andrew Restuccia and Doug Palmer at Politico. …They want to communicate they mean business, but not imperil a trade relationship worth $590 billion last year… Even so, Xi is expected to get deluxe treatment at the White House, which will offer the Chinese leader Read More >

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Ag Groups Push China’s President Xi Jinping on Biotech

Xi Jinping, October 2013 Wikipedia

The U.S. agriculture sector is urging President Barack Obama to pressure China’s President Xi Jinping to improve his country’s biotech approval process when the two meet later this September, Politico Pro Ag’s Bill Tomson recently reported. BIO along 100 signatories signed on to the September 4th letter to the White House, encouraging the president to squeeze biotech into the agenda. According to Tomson, Obama already engaged Xi on China’s unreliable approval process in November during the Asia-Pacific Read More >

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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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