GMO Answers website launched

This week, a great new campaign titled “GMO Answers” has launched, and it looks to be one of the best new resources for consumers on all things GMO-related. As reported by the New York Times, the initiative focuses on providing factual, accessible information to consumers – led by the centerpiece website GMOAnswers.com. We’ve talked about the importance of transparency in the ag-biotech industry before, and transparency is a key motivation behind the GMO Answers campaign. The industry readily admits it hasn’t always done the best job communicating about GMOs, and invites consumers to ask the “tough questions”. GMO Answers was
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World Apple Report: GMOs and Real Risk

The World Apple Report, a highly respected monthly publication, offered a very insightful article on the “real risk” of biotech foods in their July 2013 issue. “GMOs and Real Risk” examines the overreaction to perceived safety concerns about biotech foods and urges a return to common sense. It includes a comparison of biotech crops to other perceived risks and quantifies the likelihood of exposure to safety concerns and potential severity. It clearly demonstrates that, when it comes to biotech foods, the perceived risks are largely imaginary and are certainly overstated. We invite you to view the full article below by
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Getting social about ag-biotech

Like learning about medical concerns, it’s difficult to obtain accurate, easy-to-understand information about ag-biotech. The science is complex, and even more challenging, much of the information available is either polarized or just plain wrong. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Biotech supporters often point to the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, which can be overly complicated, while opponents tend to over-simplify by claiming biotech crops “aren’t natural” (a flawed argument) and use scary, fabricated imagery of syringes and animal-plant hybrids rather than by providing evidence. One solution is to simply trust the independent experts, such as the
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OSF: Growers helping growers

As regular readers will know, my husband Neal and I are, above all else apple growers to the core. We spend way more time in our orchard than behind our desks, and truly embrace the orchardist lifestyle. When we founded OSF back in 1996, it certainly wasn’t to make a quick buck – 17 years later and we still have a couple years to wait before the Arctic® apple, our first product, is available in stores! Our motivation is to help our fellow growers and apple industry members produce more high-quality fruit and help address the flat-to-declining apple consumption across
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