Jack Bobo: Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It? (Part 1)

Mr. Jack Bobo is a leading expert on agricultural biotechnology, and his expertise is reflected in his roles at the U.S. Department of State – Chief, Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy & Senior Advisor for Biotechnology. Mr. Bobo understands the need for agricultural innovation as well as anyone, so we are very pleased to share a guest post he has written for us on the monumental challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. The first half of this post is below, while the second half will be posted later in May: Most people spend little time thinking about where
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Earth Day & the future of produce waste

Another Earth Day is upon us, which brings into sharper focus the global agricultural challenges we face and the potential solutions to address them. In recent years, one of the hottest topics has been how we can curb the sky-high amount of global food waste. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that roughly one third of food produced globally is wasted each year (1.3 billion tonnes), with consumers in rich countries wasting nearly as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa! It’s a massive problem with no single solution, but the most wasted foods in affluent
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Canadian Food Insights highlights OSF’s transparency, innovation

As nonbrowning Arctic® apples approach deregulation, both the food and biotech industries are closely watching with interest. The potential of Arctic® apples to boost apple consumption has received wide notice, and so has Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ commitment to open communication and transparency. Both of these topics are heavily featured in a comprehensive Arctic apple article, written by Lindsay Grummett, in Canadian Food Insights Magazine’s recent spring issue. And, don’t miss our advertorial in this edition! 
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Q&A Series: Agvocate Dr. Cami Ryan (Part 2)

Our inaugural Q&A blog series post shared the introduction and first half of our Q&A with Dr. Cami Ryan. Now check out the second half below! OSF: You’ve done a great deal of research into the anti-biotech groups and their positions. In your opinion, what is it that makes them so fervent that biotech cannot be part of the solution? In other words, what makes myths about ag-biotech so appealing to activists? Dr. Ryan: Mythmaking and the oral tradition of storytelling have been an important part of society. Activists use mythmaking as a way to influence public opinion on any
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Q&A Series: Agvocate Dr. Cami Ryan (Part 1)

Many readers of this blog are likely familiar with Dr. Cami Ryan, an outspoken advocate for farmers and agricultural innovation, especially biotechnology. For those who don’t know her, be sure to check out her blog and @DocCamiRyan on Twitter – her experience in agriculture and expert communications skills make her well worth following! Dr. Ryan grew up surrounded by agriculture in the Canadian prairies and earned her Ph.D. & Bachelor in Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan. She passionately writes about agriculture, exploring the relationship between consumers and the food they eat, and thus, is the perfect person to help
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