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 …

When It Comes to Labels, WSJ Gets It Right

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

Today, The Wall Street Journal took a bold stance against the pro-labeling lobbies in Oregon and Colorado. Calling upon voters to exercise both common sense and rely upon scientific knowledge, “The Organic Food Protectionists” reveals the reasoning behind state-level GMO-labeling bills – and it isn’t as Populist as proponents would purport. Opening with the brilliant summation “if you can’t beat …

Orange Corn for Better Eyesight

In Biotechnology, Food, Research by Cindy

Researchers at Purdue University have identified a set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn, which could help fight vitamin A deficiency in developing countries, as well as macular degeneration right here at home. The human body can convert provitamin A carotenoids into vitamin A, which plays key roles in eye health …

Late Night Laughs Point Out Ignorance, Pompous Propaganda

In Biotechnology by Cathryn

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel dished up a hearty helping of laughs seasoned with some satirical truth in a segment based on the Consumer Reports story on GMOs published earlier this week. In the segment, a man-on-the-street crew asks farmers market consumers two questions. First, do they avoid GMOs? Second, do they know what the acronym GMO actually means? For anyone …

Know Your Enemy

In Biotechnology by Cindy

It was 1997 when former President Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed for The Washington Times entitled “Forestalling Famine With Biotechnology.” He noted then that “extremist groups in affluent nations have begun to mount attacks against plant biotechnology” and that they were also concerned “that fertilizer and pesticides will “poison” the earth’s farmland, even when used in moderate amounts.” Carter called …

Dr. Oz, Again? Can Someone Hand Me the Remote

In Biotechnology, Food, Media by Cathryn

Let’s get one thing straight from the get go. Dr. Oz is a professional celebrity who hawks his opinions for money. Whether fear-mongering or shilling for “magic pills,” he makes exaggerated, even unsubstantiated claims to get attention. Attention turns into ratings. Ratings turn into money. There is one reliable way to stop his bogus claims. Turn off your television. Tell …

Food Fears and Avoidance

In Biotechnology by Cindy

Last year, more people were killed by automobile accidents, heart attacks, lung cancer, and natural causes combined than by any one tomato. – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes When you have plenty of food on the table, it’s easy for us in America to decide we want to avoid certain foods. I mean, lots of us may avoid things like …

Marketing Magic

In Biotechnology, Farming by Cathryn

Yesterday, the Center for Consumer Freedom ran a story highlighting Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap’s verbal sleight of hand in promoting consumer information while clearly providing slightly deceptive details on its own products. Reflecting upon the specifics of the situation, I got to thinking. The comments about Dr. Bronner’s could be applied to so many situations involving the marketing of both …

Who Goes to CUTC and Why

In Audio, Biotechnology, CUTC by Cindy

As the name implies, the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference is a scientific and technical kind of meeting, which is organized every two years by the National Corn Growers Association with presentations focusing on the latest research, concepts and applications in the corn world. A wide variety of people attend the event, such as Brian Burris with Novosep, a life …

CUTC Platinum Sponsors

In agribusiness, Audio, Biotechnology, CUTC by Cindy

Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer were pleased to be the major sponsors at the recent 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference in Louisville. “We work very closely with the National Corn Growers Association,” said Morrie Bryant with DuPont Pioneer’s End Use Team. “We also have a relationship with the corn processing community and being able to help keep a sustainable supply …