Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable

In Biotechnology, Events, Food, International, Trade by Chuck

It’s World Food Prize week in Des Moines, IA and there are a variety of activities taking place surrounding this annual event. The National Corn Growers Association is sponsoring one of them – the Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable which is organized by Truth About Trade & Technology. Believing that farmers must work together on a global table to expand …

Look Overseas to See What You Have at Home

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

It is only human nature to take the freedoms that we have for granted.  Likewise, freedom taken for granted is often taken away.  Though this may seem like rambling waxing of the philosophical, today it applies to something vital to life in the United States and around the world – food. In the U.S., we take affordable, plentiful food for …

Getting More Crop Per Drop

In Audio, Biotechnology, CUTC by Chuck

One of the sponsors for this year’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference was Monsanto. Besides sponsoring and exhibiting, Monsanto also had Dr. Robert Reiter, Vice President of Breeding Technology, on the program. His presentation focused on improving the efficiency of corn. Monsanto has a goal of helping corn growers double their yield by 2030. Reiter says their biotechnology pipeline is …

Report Finds Biotech Crop Benefits

In Biotechnology by Cindy

A new report out this week finds that biotech crops are good for both farmers and the earth. According to the report released Tuesday by the National Research Council, “farmers who grow genetically engineered (GE) crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits -such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields – compared …

Less Resistance to GMO Crops?

In Biotechnology by Cindy

We may be seeing less resistance to genetically-modified crops developing among the sustainability conscious. Discover Magazine has a little pictorial on “Frankenfoods That Could Feed the World” which include golden rice with vitamin A, purple tomatoes with an antioxidant punch, and multi-vitamin corn on the cob (image from National Academy of Sciences). Maggie Romuld, who “studies rivers, teaches Earth Sciences …

Agricultural Progress Must Be Considered in Climate Talks

In Activism, Biotechnology, Current News, Environmental, General by Mark

In what is being reported to be the busiest day to date at the UN Climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Darrin Ihnen had a private meeting with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The time was spent discussing NCGA’s perspective on climate change and several other pressing issues. Key to the visit was NCGA’s …

Think Tank Supports GM Crops

In Biotechnology by Cindy

A California free-market think tank report finds that genetically modified (GM) crop regulations are often based on fear, and encourages evaluating GM crops by comparing their net benefits to current conventional alternative. The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) released a new report examining the environmental and health concerns associated with genetically modified (GM) crops, called “The Way in Which We Produce …

Turkey Lays an Egg

In Biotechnology, Exports, International by Cindy

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the country of Turkey dropped a big, fat egg on grain imports. The U.S. Grains Council reports that last week, Turkey placed an unexpected ban on imports of biotech crops. Turkey, the 27th largest export market for all U.S. goods, issued a new regulation on Oct. 26, 2009, placing additional requirements on all food and …