To Bee or Not to Beepocalypse

In Biotechnology by Cindy

A research paper released last week beats back the buzz over honeybee health and says bans and restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides “will do more harm than good for honeybees as more toxic chemicals” will likely replace them. Angela Logomasini, who specializes in environmental risk issues, offers some interesting facts about honeybees that are being overlooked in the frenzy over pollinator health …

Washington Pro-GMO Buzz Grows

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

Today, The Hill ran a piece authored by Former Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) which asked “If GMOs Are Not the Answer, What Is?” This article adds to the growing chorus of voices on Capitol Hill speaking out in support of GM technology. Like the editorial which ran in the Washington Post recently, Stenholm’s piece addresses the importance of GM technology …

MIT Calls Out Left on Scientific Illiteracy on GMOs

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

In an article delving into the scientific fallacies, or even anti-science sentiment, espoused by politicians today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s The Tech online newspaper criticized pro-environment, pro-science forces on the political left who fail to champion GMOs. Directly addressing the issues with proposed state-level labeling initiatives, the piece comes down solidly on the side of science supporting the safety …

Washington Post Elucidates Unintended Consequences of Convoluted Food Labels

In Biotechnology, government, Legislation by Cathryn

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), is gaining steam and supporters in this first week since its introduction. Sunday, the Washington Post wrote an eloquent editorial outlining why Americans should support this important legislation. Pointing out that “mandated labeling would deter the purchase of genetically modified (GM) food …

Pure Science: Lynas Advocates for GMOs

In Biotechnology, Environmental, Media by Cathryn

Many have heard that Mark Lynas, who once opposed GMOs, became an advocate after further exploring the science behind this technology. What motivated him? In short, climate change. While pro-GMO climate change activists may not have gained as much press as some of their counterparts, for many like Lynas, climate change serves as an important motivation to advocate for GMOs. …

Sing Agriculture’s Praises

In Biotechnology, USFRA by Cindy

If there ever was an American success story, it is agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is fond of talking about how today’s farmers and ranchers make it possible for people like him to be a lawyer, or for any of us to pursue any career, because we don’t have to worry about the production of our own food. Just think …

Bill Nye Proves Why He Really Is a Science Guy

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

Science, at its heart, values the ability to examine issues, consider evidence and change one’s opinion when proof supports another theory. Science Guy Bill Nye illustrated the importance of re-evaluation this week by announcing that he has come to embrace GMOs. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported Nye, once publicly against GMOs, has come to embrace this important technology. The article …

Taking on the Food Fear Mongerers

In Activism, agribusiness, Audio, Biotechnology by Cindy

Hearing food and health “celebrities” spread misinformation about agriculture really annoys plant molecular and cellular biology professor Dr. Kevin Folta, who spoke at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo this week in Chicago. Folta, who has a blog where he calls himself “a scientist in a scientifically illiterate nation at a time when we need science the most,” took the …

NCGA President at NAFB Trade Talk

In Audio, Biotechnology, Media by Cindy

Biotechnology and GMO labeling, Waters of the U.S., and soil health were just a few of the issues on the mind of National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention where he did dozens of interviews with farm broadcasters nationwide. Bowling says corn growers are very concerned about the growing number of …

Common Sense Prevails in Colorado

In Biotechnology, Legislation by Cathryn

Last night, voters spoke across the country on a variety of issues. In Colorado, one point was certainly clear – voters saw through the poorly written propaganda of GMO-labeling Proposition 105. “Results Wednesday morning indicated voters had rejected the proposal, 66 percent to 34 percent, with 94 percent of the precincts reporting,” according to the Denver Business Journal. In the …