Disappointment Over Senate GMO Labeling Vote

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite the best efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill in a 48-49 vote today, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Roberts expressed his disappointment at the inability to come to agreement on …

AFBF, Ag Group, Biotech, Corn, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA

GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

Lizzy Schultz

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups. In the trade show, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) had a booth dedicated to GMO Answers, an …

Ag Group, Audio, Biotech, Commodity Classic, Education, GMO, Labeling

Senate Ag Approves GMO Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a business meeting where the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a voluntary national labeling law for genetically modified products, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. “This is really a conversation about a few states dictating to every state …

Biotech, GMO, Government

Purdue President Calls for End to GMO Attacks

Cindy Zimmerman

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels on Thursday (Feb. 25) called on leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to push back against the attackers of biotechnology in agricultural production. Daniels was a keynote speaker at the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington. “The attack on GMO technology is the most blatant anti-science of the age, but it is far …

Biotech, GMO

GMO Labeling Bill Mark Up Delayed

Cindy Zimmerman

A meeting by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to consider the Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions has been postponed until next week. The committee meeting was scheduled for today but is being delayed due to “changes on the Senate floor.” The chairman’s proposed legislation has been endorsed by the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, which has …

Biotech, GMO, Government

GMO Convert at #AFBF16

Cindy Zimmerman

Anti-GMO activist turned advocate Mark Lynas shared his conversion experience during a featured workshop at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. Lynas told an audience of farmers and ranchers how he changed his mind on GMOs when he came face-to-face with the science supporting biotechnology. “As a scientist, you must have data to back …

AFBF, Audio, Biotech, GMO

Novozymes is Ranked Best Science Employer

Kelly Marshall

Science Magazine released it’s annual Top Employers Survey, and Novozymes has been ranked number one.  The survey encompasses employees from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related companies and ranks the top 20 globally.  Novozymes was selected because they are leaders in their industry, treat employees with respect, and are socially responsible. “We are very proud to be recognized as the best employer by …

Agribusiness, Award, Biotech, Employment

Science Moms Challenge Celeb Moms on GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

The granddaughter of the father of the Green Revolution has a bone to pick with the mother of Apple. Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, joined eleven other “science and advocate” moms across the country in co-signing a letter to celebrity moms, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Gellar, regarding their opposition to agricultural biotechnology. Paltrow and her …

Biotech, GMO

Pope Francis Calls for Better Care of Our Home

Joanna Schroeder

Pope Francis is calling on humankind to take better care of our home. The Pope, like those before him, has been vocal about climate change and the role humans have played. In LAUDATO SI’ On Care of Our Common Home, Pope Francis writes that our lifestyle of a “throw-away” society – consumption and waste – must change or humans will …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Crop Protection, Environment, GMO, Herbicide, Insecticides, pesticides