October is “Get to Know GMOs” Month

Cindy Zimmerman

GMO Answers has proclaimed October as “Get to Know GMOs” month to answer consumers’ most pressing questions about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “Since the launch of GMO Answers, we have answered over a thousand consumer questions about genetically modified foods—where they come from, how they’re used, and why they’re an important part of our food supply,” said Kate Hall, managing …

Biotech, Food, GMO

#GMO Disclosure Bill Signed Into Law

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is now in charge of developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which was signed without fanfare on Friday by President Obama. USDA has formed a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to “ensure an open and transparent process for …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA, USDA

President Expected to Sign #GMO Disclosure Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House today approved the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard by a vote of 309 to 117. The legislation, which preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, was passed by the Senate last week and is expected to be signed by President Obama. “I have said this is the most important food and …

AFBF, ASTA, Biotech, Food, Government

What Brexit Means for the Global Food System

Joanna Schroeder

The Farm Foundation is hosting a free forum focused on the repercussions of the British electorate vote to leave the European Union (EU). The impact is being felt across dozens of sectors, including agriculture. “What Brexit Means for the Global Food System,” will take place Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am EDT in the Holeman Lounge …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Economy, Events, Farm Foundation, Food, International

Ag Groups Praise Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), which has been actively campaigning on behalf of food and agriculture groups for a sensible national labeling standard for genetically modified foods, was one of the first organizations to praise Senate passage of the Roberts-Stabenow compromise legislation. “The Senate has provided all Americans a transparent and consistent system of disclosure that will give …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government

Senate Passes #GMO Disclosure Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 to pass the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow spent 24 minutes before the vote laying out logical reasons for the legislation, not the least of which was that it requires the …

Audio, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government

Senate Advances #GMO Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Not intimidated by anti-GMO activists throwing $2000 in “Monsanto Money” on the floor, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 65-31 to limit debate on a bipartisan National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that would preempt individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. With cloture invoked, the Senate is expected vote on final passage as early as today. …

AFBF, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Corn, Food, Government

Nobel Laureates Say Stop Blocking Golden Rice

Kelly Marshall

This morning three Nobel Laureates presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to call on Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around the world to support GMOs. They are the public face of more than 100 Nobel Laureates who signed a letter asking that campaigns agains products like Golden Rice be abandoned.  The letter condemns practices that are …

Ag Group, Biotech, GMO, Precision Agriculture, Technology

New Partnerships for @MonsantoCo

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company has formed two new partnership agreements.  One targets weed control solutions while the other focuses on genome-editing. Under an agreement with TargetGene Biotechnologies LTD, Monsanto receives an exclusive license for TargetGene’s Genome Editing Engine (T GEE).  “TargetGene is pleased to be working with Monsanto to enable the next generation of agricultural innovation through the application of our genome-editing …

Agribusiness, Biotech, Herbicide, Monsanto, weeds

#FoodPrize16 Awards Announced

Kelly Marshall

Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis have been honored with the 2016 World Food Prize.  Their names were announced today at a ceremony at the U.S. State Department where USAID administrator Gayle Smith gave the keynote address. “These four extraordinary World Food Prize Laureates have proven that science matters, and that when matched with dedication, it can …

Award, Biotech, Food