Britain banging on biotech’s door

Last year marked an unprecedented 100-fold increase in acreage of biotech crops planted since 1996 (420 million acres in 28 countries – 20 of them in the developing world). And yet, despite all the evidence over this time demonstrating the massive benefits and conclusive safety of these crops, many countries are still woefully resistant. However, the dam now appears ready to break in trend setting UK. Britain has long been opposed to growing biotech crops, yet Prime Minister David Cameron recently talked about the positive shift in the UK’s attitude towards the technology. He emphasized the importance of fostering a
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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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The Lowdown on GMOs with Kevin Folta

When looking for information on a subject as deeply complex as agricultural biotechnology, it’s important to get the facts from reputable experts. Fourat Janabi is a writer, entrepreneur, and photographer who has worked around the world, spanning 27 countries and 5 continents. Yet, even a worldly individual like Janabi can be easily misled when it comes to ag-biotech. Much like environmentalist Mark Lynas and a number of others who were previously staunch opponents of biotech food, he has now embraced the evidence and apologetically states “I had no idea what I was talking about.” He explains that he had formerly
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Biotech activists now SUPPORT biotech

Environmentalist Mark Lynas, a longtime outspoken opponent of agricultural biotechnology, created quite the stir when he publicly apologized for his role in the anti-biotech movement, saying he “could not have chosen a more counter-productive path.” This is a shocking statement given how passionately Lynas previously opposed biotechnology. Why such a momentous shift in opinion? Lynas explains in an address to the Oxford Farming Conference that it was because “I discovered science, and in the process I hope I’m becoming a better environmentalist.” He discusses how, because his initial impression was that genetic engineering is simply unnatural, he opposed the technology
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