Author Archives: Kristina Hubbard

The Future of Biotechnology Regulations Begins with You

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is hosting a series of webinars to collect feedback on specific questions (see below) to inform how products of agricultural biotechnology – i.e., genetically modified organisms (GMOs) … Continue reading

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Deadline for ‘Coexistence’ Comments: MONDAY (May 11)

  Why should those at risk of GMO contamination shoulder the burden of prevention, testing, and losses alone? The USDA is accepting public comments following an invitation-only workshop on “coexistence.” We watched the event from afar and were disappointed by … Continue reading

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New Organic Carrot Gallery Helps Farmers, Researchers

The Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project launched an online tool this month to help farmers find new and existing varieties — and varieties in the works — of carrots, especially carrots of novel colors. The new gallery is the … Continue reading

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UPDATED: USDA Extends ‘Coexistence’ Comment Period

The new comment deadline is May 11, 2015. Pollen, seed, and plants don’t stay put in agriculture. That’s why contamination by genetically engineered (GE) crops, or GMOs, is a problem for farmers who don’t grow these crops and for the seed … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling at a Glance

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), have re-introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clearly label GE ingredients. Polls show that … Continue reading

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