SMART Farmer Robb Fraley

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Robb Fraley isn’t our typical SMART Farmer, but after growing up on a small Illinois farm, his work has helped farmers around the world produce food more sustainably with science and technology that has helped increase yields by decreasing threats to crops. That technology is genetic modification of plants, creating GMO crops that are resistance to insects and disease, able …

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#Farmers Find #GMOs Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

A new survey finds that the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed farmers on their attitudes towards GM technology and found that farmers believe biotechnology helps raise crops more efficiently, and that the environment and sustainability practices …

Audio, biotechnology, Corn, GMO, NCGA, sustainability, USFRA

Dow AgroSciences Addresses Consumer Information Gap

Kelly Marshall

Tim Hassigner with Dow AgroSciences was at ASTA CSS & Seed Expo to talk with members of the seed industry about the gap in information between themselves and consumers. “It’s definitely a time when there’s more questions and concerns related to food, but […] information sharing can make a difference,” he told the audience durning the morning session. The consumer …

ASTA, Dow AgroSciences, GMO, Labeling

ASA Refutes New York Times Article

Kelly Marshall

This past Saturday, the New York Times published an article that compared the use of pesticides and yield data from North America to Western Europe.  The article featured several inaccuracies, as well as omissions, and the American Soybean Association has responded.  ASA President, Richard Wilkins made a statement concerning the issue: “We appreciate a continued dialogue on the issue of GMOs and …

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Ag Groups Defend Sustainability of #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are doubling down on their defense of biotechnology as sustainable, after challenging Dannon for its pledge to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients from some products, citing that it improves sustainability. “There comes a time when we as farmers and ranchers need to step up and challenge when companies misinform consumers,” said U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz on …

Audio, biotechnology, Food, GMO, USFRA

Eco-detector to Hunt GMOs in the Environment

Kelly Marshall

While the agriculture community generally lauds the efforts of biotechnology in feeding the world, many doubt the technology’s safety.  That’s why Scott Egan with Rice University is leading an effort to detect GMOs in the environment. Egan’s team is building a tool that will allow them to quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals.  The developing …

GMO, Research, USDA

House Sends #GMO Disclosure Bill to President

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House yesterday 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, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government

Ag Industry Calls on House to Pass GMO Label Law

Joanna Schroeder

With the Senate passing its version of the GMO Disclosure Bill late last week, this week more than 1,100 ag and food industry organizations, representing the entire food chain – from farm to fork – are calling on the House for quick action on passing its version of the GMO labeling law. The collective sent a letter to House leadership …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Food, GMO

Your Thoughts on the Senate #GMO Disclosure Bill?

Joanna Schroeder

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What cookout cuisine do you bring to the table?” We’re well into grilling season and hot off an Independence Day weekend. Burgers and pasta salad were high on the list. In the Other category we got answers like my favorite – steak! Here are the poll results: Pasta Salad – 25% Cheese Burgers – …

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#GMO Disclosure Bill Passes Senate

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate Wednesday 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. The bipartisan compromise legislation, which was worked out by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), requires mandatory disclosure with several options, including …

Audio, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government