Joanna Sax: GMOs – Science battles with the public again

Joanna Sax, PhD, JD, is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at the California Western School of Law in San Diego, and we are very pleased to share a guest post of hers on the disconnect between public opinion and the scientific community when it comes to GMOs: GMO foods are fighting a hard battle with the public. Some concerns by the public may be warranted, other concerns have no factual basis.  We have a problem with our food supply. Children are dying of starvation.  Not only do we need more food, but
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Popcorn reborn: More convenience = greater consumption

Every January, a plethora of articles on the biggest food trends of the past year are published; last week one in particular caught our eye – the exploding demand for ready-to-eat popcorn. “The ‘astounding’ reinvention of popcorn as “Millennial friendly, cool and healthy””, a Jan 15th article from Food Navigator, quotes a recent Rabobank report that found sales of bagged, pre-popped popcorn are up 60% since 2012 – a substantial increase in just a couple years! As the article explains, “it is never too late for a category to reinvent itself” and the popcorn industry has done just that. According
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Neal Carter: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

There’s no question that farmers are well aware of the benefits biotech crops can offer, as ag-biotech is the fastest adopted crop technology in history with 18 million farmers currently growing biotech crops worldwide. Consumers, on the other hand, have not yet seen many direct benefits for themselves, nor have they been the focus of educational efforts until recently. OSF president Neal Carter explains, in an opinion piece published by Fresh Fruit Portal, that the rise of educational efforts, and the “next wave” of biotech crops with direct benefits for consumers will help foster a positive shift in consumer perceptions
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