World Food Conference to Focus on Biotech and Biofuels

In Administration, Biotechnology, Current News, Ethanol, Exports, Food Prices, Trade by Cindy

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer will present a three pronged strategy to deal with rising food prices, climate change and energy security when he travels to Rome next week for the conference on World Food Security being held by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Schafer says the strategy is basically to “provide food and other support …

Stop the Presses: Journal Gets it Right!

In Biotechnology, Current News, Ethanol by Ken

It’s great to see the Wall Street Journal run an article that puts the future of corn and ethanol in a good light. Sure, a few typical and unnecessary jabs were taken, but this column, based on an interview with a Syngenta exec, covers the bases well. The future of ag is bright, especially when you consider the global economy …

Biotech Education Efforts Paying off in Spain

In Biotechnology, International, Trade by Cindy

While the French were busy banning the production of biotech corn last week, their neighbors to the south were importing more US corn than they have in almost a decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign and Agricultural Service reports that the United States sold 2.5 million bushels of corn for shipment to Spain the week ending January 11 – …

Activists Get Their Way in France

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, Trade by Cindy

When European activist wackos act like spoiled children, they get their way. That’s basically what happened when French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a “political” decision this week to ban the only genetically modified crop grown in France, Monsanto 810 – better known here as YieldGard Corn Borer. The variety produces a naturally occurring toxin, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), that kills corn …

Monsanto Renewable Fuels YouTube Video

In Biotechnology, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Chuck

Consumers have a growing amount of online information that provides them with good science based information to make better choices, especially when it comes to new energy choices. We’re going to point to them whenever and wherever we find them. Take for example a YouTube video from Monsanto that helps provide some positive perspective for food and fuel. It’s titled, …

Genetically Engineered Sustainability

In Biotechnology, Environmental, Sustainability by Cindy

This photo from the image library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows crops or products that have either already been genetically engineered or are involved in ongoing or planned transgenic studies. Biotechnology and genetic engineering are often a source of controversy because of fears that modifying crops genetically could impact human health or biodiversity or something. But a recent …