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John Block: Sound Science

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week on Saturday, it was Earth Day.  I always thought of Earth Day as a celebration of the earth with its natural beauty and, of course, the food and crops it provides to feed everything living – especia… Read More
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Biotech Regulations Must be Based on Facts, Not Fears

By Dr. Nina Fedoroff, as published in Agri-Pulse The Coordinated Framework (CF) for the Regulation of Biotechnology was first implemented 30 years ago. The CF was developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP broug… Read More
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Hakim’s Effort to Skewer Biotech Crops in Sunday's NY Times

Danny Hakim’s attempt to skewer biotech crops in his recent article on the front page Sunday’s New York Times (Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops, Oct. 29, 2016) is skewed from beginning to end.  His insight – what… Read More
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Hillary on Agriculture

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse While agriculture, like many other issues, has been overshadowed in the presidential campaign this year, if you look closely there is evidence on how Secretary Clinton would approach agriculture policy a… Read More
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John Block: GMO Labeling

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Yes – We now have legislation to deal with the GMO labeling question. Without the legislation, all the states could have required different labels on their food products.  A patchwork national plan like that… Read More
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John Block: Nobel Laureates

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block How long have we been listening to the relentless insinuations that genetically engineered crops may not be safe? The environmental activists have chosen to ignore science and use every trick to frighten consum… Read More
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Senate Ag Leaders Unveil Compromise GMO Labeling Bill

Yesterday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released their long-awaited bill that would establish a federal GMO labeling regime and preempt any state laws, such as Vermont’s Act 120.… Read More
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John Block: GMOs Are Safe

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Hopefully, we are beginning to set the record straight. We have heard so much misleading information criticizing biotechnology that we could go down the European road. In Europe, GE food is not on the plate. Th… Read More
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NYT: Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus

Please see Dr. Nina Fedoroff and former USDA Secretary John Block’s op-ed featured in the New York Times on April 6, 2016 – Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus. Read More
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John Block: Ag Day

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week was Ag Day. In fact, it was an Ag Week. Agri-Pulse had a panel of speakers talking about one of our industry’s biggest challenges – how do we communicate about our industry today? Very few people… Read More
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