Navigating the rigorous regulatory system

In both the U.S. and Canada, the regulatory process required to bring a biotech crop to market is extremely rigorous and challenging. As industry members involved in the process for the past several years, we’re amazed at how opponents to ag-biotech claim biotech enhanced crops aren’t thoroughly evaluated. Nothing could be further from the truth! Our timeline below demonstrates how long it’s taken just to get to the point where we could even apply for deregulation (never mind gain approval!): Assuming Arctic® apples complete both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory processes by early 2014; this means it will have taken 18
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Dr. Michael Neff: Renovating our food system

We are pleased to share a guest blog from Dr. Michael Neff, who is the Director of Washington State University’s Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program. Also an Associate Professor of Crop Biotechnology at WSU, his expertise and experience with agricultural biotechnology is matched only by his passion for education. Dr. Neff has recently applied to present a TEDx talk on agricultural biotechnology, much like OSF President Neal Carter did last October, and here he shares what his talk will be about and why it’s such an important subject: On June 1st Western Washington University will host TEDxWWU, which has a
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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Announced as Gold Leaf Award Winner

Summerland, B.C., Canada – In an April 5 release, BIOTECanada has announced that Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF) has been named the winner of this year’s Gold Leaf Award in the category of Early Stage Agriculture. The Gold Leaf Awards are presented by Canada’s national biotechnology industry organization, BIOTECanada, to companies and individuals “that have made significant contributions to the development of Canada’s biotech industry.” The category of Early Stage Agriculture is for companies who have products in the pre-commercialized stage and are recognized for their potential market impact. According to BIOTECanada, the winner “will have distinguished themselves from their peers
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The Lowdown on Biotech Crops

It’s always great to see individuals take it upon themselves to develop well-rounded opinions of agricultural biotechnology. Former biotech opponent Fourat Janabi (@fouratj) has done just that by not only reaching out to scientists like Kevin Folta (@kevinfolta) in a Q&A we shared last month, but also by interviewing family farmer Brian Scott (@thefarmerslife). His third and final Q&A on the subject is with our own President, Neal Carter! The Q&As are useful sources of information because they complement each other well. They each provide a different perspective on ag-biotech. “The Lowdown on GMOs with a Scientist” covers misinformation about biotechnology, how non-scientists can differentiate
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